Research Development SIG

Research Development is a new and emerging role for professional staff within the Australasian research management sector reflecting an increasing need in Universities for the development of both researchers and research in general.

The RD SIG within ARMS seeks to provide support for research managers and administrators undertaking research development activities within and across Universities through networking and sharing of best practice.

The Research Development SIG members are involved in the following:

  • Providing career development advice (track record, research career development);
  • Supporting researchers in ‘pre-award’ activities including proposal development;
  • Training of academic staff to improve grant and proposal writing skills;
  • Training of academic staff in other areas such as publication strategies, intellectual property, research utilisation, etc.;
  • Developing and facilitating collaborations internally and externally, including with government, industry and other universities;
  • Supporting the development of applications for large projects, such as Collaborative Research Centres, Centres of Excellence, etc.

Although much research development occurs within each University, large collaborative funding opportunities, such as Cooperative Research Centres, are a specialised and complex area of research management that require a broader skill-set. The RD SIG will offer the opportunity to establish a stream focussing in particular on these funding schemes, to encourage:

  • sharing of best practice in CRC bid management;
  • establishment of a set of common work streams, timelines and protocols for bid development and;
  • enhancement of professional skills of university research managers with responsibility for collaborating on CRC bid development.

The scope of activities encompassed by the SIG will include:

  • Providing an online forum for discussion and networking (via the ARMS member's portal);
  • Undertaking workshops at the ARMS conference;
  • Facilitating networking of members;
  • Sharing best practices in research development;
  • Providing opportunities for mentoring;
  • Running presentations and seminars.

The RD SIG welcomes new members. Networking will begin properly when the ARMS website supports wikis. In the meantime please sign up and send in any suggestions for topics to discuss.

For more information and how to become involved in the SIG please email the Research Development SIG Convenor Dr Jill St John or Co-Convenor Tara McLaren at arms_rd@researchmanagement.org.au