Seven ways to get involved in international research administration/management, without leaving your desk:
1. Keep informed: a great starting point is reading about the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) and visiting the research administration association websites listed. These websites offer a wealth of information from upcoming webinars, research administration resources, to online collaboration such as the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Global Collaborate Communityor the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) blog.
Become a member of a research administration association/s (find out if your institution has a corporate membership). Several associations have a section where you can register as a non-financial member (with limited access to resources) or as a financial member.
Learn about the international project undertaken to understand the skills, attributes and behaviours that make a successful research administration leader. The “Research Administration As A Profession” (RAAAP) project was led by Simon Kerridge and Stephanie Scott. Excitingly, at the INORMS 2018 Congress the INORMS Council endorsed the RAAAP survey and is forming a task force as part of the INORMS working group to review the questionnaire and collect longitudinal data. It is hoped that by the end of 2018 a revised version of the survey will be distributed to members of even more research management and administration associations. This will then be followed up every two years to create a picture of research management and administration around the world, over time. Information on the RAAAP project is featured in the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Protagonist magazine (issue 0040) and in the NCURA magazine (May/June 2017). Keep an eye out for their upcoming article, ‘Research Administration around the World’, forthcoming in Research Management Review.