Globalisation of research, complexity of funding and increasing transnational collaboration and mobility has been mirrored in the evolution of research management (RM). Virtually every research-active university and organisation now has a RM function, whether nascent or mature. Recognising that investing in research and innovation is, in essence, an investment in a sustainable future, many organisations are creating new modes of research office, who may provide support to individual researchers while representing strategic research programme objectives.

Variation in skillset, functions, capacity, and capabilities of RMs varies greatly, as does the national context in which they operate. However, key stakeholders including most funding bodies. now recognize that RM is developing into a truly global profession, with a growing necessity for skills, shared practices and professional networks. RM extends beyond universities, and its practitioners are found within funding bodies, charities, foundations, government, and industry.

Key Project: RM-ROADMAP

RM ROADMAP (Creating Framework Conditions for Research Management to Strengthen the European Research Area) will create a roadmap for the future of research management (RM) in Europe and a community to support the delivery of that roadmap. Coordinated by EARMA, RM-ROADMAP will connect existing European networks on a smart community platform which will enable an unprecedented co-creation process of RM in the world.

The RM-ROADMAP collaborators believe that investment in the RM community will facilitate and accelerate research results reaching the market and thereby the real economy. The project aims to (1) create and inform a bottom-up consensus on the future of RM in a roadmap, and (2) inform the community about the existing training, networking, funding, and mobility opportunities. This will support a pan-European network of RMs, supporting the establishment of strategic, cross-border partnerships between RMs in industry, Research Funding Organisations, higher education, and research institutions – never seen before at such a scale.

Research Management Helix

This Helix is an international Open Innovation community of RM practitioners, specialists, and other stakeholders, as well as relevant policy makers and citizen interest groups. In addition to facilitating opportunities that can further progress the RM domain of practice, the Helix will support RM-Roadmap by accelerating community development and translation of project results into cross-sectoral impact across the European Research Area and beyond.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the granting authority. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101058475.

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the European Union

RM Roadmap Knowledge and Community Platform - How to engage on the new EARMA online co-creation space


Mon, Sep 25, 2023 02:00 PM - Mon, Sep 25, 2023 03:30 PM


Join us for an introduction to the dynamic online co-creation platform created by the RM Roadmap project, This open-for-all event is an introduction for Research Managers (RM) to a platform designed to connect professionals, fostering thematic and national collaborations through a new co-creation space. (Separate bespoke closed events for RM ROADMAP Ambassadors and Associate Ambassadors have been arranged to take place on the 18 and 21 of September 2023 and have been communicated separately.) The Knowledge and Community Platform (KCP) constitutes a transformative platform that provides an arena for RMs to initiate, contribute to, and authenticate discussions on a variety of topics, including career pathways. The core design of KCP is dynamic, allowing it to cross beyond national and thematic limits, providing participants with the opportunity to co-create consensus documents and engage in important discussions. Driving these discussions will be our distinguished RM Roadmap ambassadors in close collaboration with the project consortium. Consensus documents will be discussed on the KCP online platform; these documents are intended to reflect the majority perspective and will be open for participant voting. We want to emphasise that this event is accessible to all interested parties. The primary aim is to offer a comprehensive introduction to interacting with the RM Roadmap Knowledge and Community Platform before the first session starts in October 2023. We invite every RM to engage and propel this co-creation process forward. Your presence and participation will undoubtedly be crucial to the success of this effort. The speakers are Nik Claesen, the RM Roadmap Coordinator and Managing Director of the EARMA and Borana Taraj, the Head of European projects at EARMA who is co-cordinating the RM Roadmap project with Nik. For further information and queries: Don't hesitate to contact [email protected]

ARMA-NL 1st Annual Conference

Lunteren, Netherlands

Thu, Sep 28, 2023 09:00 AM - Fri, Sep 29, 2023 05:00 PM


Crowdhelix is partnering with ARMA-NL for their 1st Annual Conference. The mission of ARMA-NL is to support Research Managers & Administrators (RMAs) in the Netherlands in their profession by providing a network, stimulating development, gaining as well as sharing knowledge and representing our members. ARMA-NL is open for any individual with a role in the support, administration, and management of research, who is seeking to increase or improve their skills, expertise, and network with other RMA-professionals within The Netherlands and also internationally. During this 2 day event join our colleagues at the dedicated Crowdhelix booth to learn more about our open innovation platform.