ARMS supports the professional development of its members by: 

  • Travel Awards, Travel Scholarships that provide financial support
  • Awards for Excellence
  • Scholarships to participate in the biannual INORMS conference
  • Poster awards at the annual ARMS conference
  • Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for distinguished service in research management


ARMS/Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence in Research Management Practice 2016

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Thomson Reuters is the official sponsor for the 2016 Award for Excellence in Research Management Practice. The Award recognises outstanding contributions by an individual or team that have enhanced the profession of research management and administration through:  

a)      Leading change – characterised by engaging in best practice for sustainable outcomes; working collaboratively to enhance teamwork; and positively influencing others by building shared commitment to workplace and organisational objectives.

b)      Working smarter – characterised by using creative and innovative solutions that enable work to be carried out more easily, efficiently and/or productively, while not compromising the quality of outcomes.

c)       Providing quality service – recognised by client groups for consistently providing outstanding service that has enhanced the profession of research management.

d)      Innovation in research management – through the development of new ideas and the creation of novel solutions.

Two awards of up to $1,000 may be awarded annually.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. The company combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to decision makers across diverse industries.


Nomination for the award is open to current financial ARMS members. Nominations of both individuals and teams are encouraged. For the latter, at least one ARMS member of the team must have played a significant leadership or initiating role.

The following ARMS members are excluded from nomination as an individual recipient:

a)      Previous recipients of this award;

b)      Members of the ARMS Executive; and

c)       Employees of Thomson Reuters.

Award winners will be presented with their prize and a certificate at a Gala Dinner at the INORMS Conference. The recipient’s employer will receive prize money to be used for professional development of the winning individual or team.  The award recipient(s) will also be featured in our e-newsletter, Up In ARMS and on the ARMS website. 

Submitting an application


Nomination Form

To nominate an individual or a team, download and complete the nomination form and submit to by 5PM AEST 29 July 2016.


Read here for the 2015 Winners Announcement


The Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for Distinguished Service to Research Management 2016

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Ms Janet Dibb-Leigh is the Founding President of ARMS. This award has been established in recognition of her contributions towards the establishment of ARMS and more broadly to the research management profession both nationally and internationally. 


The Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for Distinguished Service to Research Management recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of the research management sector throughout Australasia and Singapore.

The Award will be presented by the ARMS President, Janice Besch at a Gala Dinner at the INORMS Conference on Wednesday the 14 September 2016.



Nominations are now called for research management professions who have made a significant contribution to the profession and have been an active member of ARMS.



Application form



Completed nomination forms must reach the ARMS Executive Office, email  by cob, AEST 19 August 2016. Late nominations will not be accepted.  

The awardee will be announced by the ARMS President who will present a trophy to the recipient at the INORMS Conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday the 14th of September 2016.

Read here for the 2015 Winner Announcement



ARMS/University Office 2016 INORMS Travel Award

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University Office is the inaugural Gold Corporate Partner of ARMS.  In 2015 it further strengthened this collaboration by providing financial assistance to one eligible member to attend the ARMS Conference in Singapore. 

University Office is pleased to be offering additional support again in 2016 for one eligible ARMS member to attend the INORMS Conference in Melbourne, September 11-15 2016. 

Our 2015 recipient, Dr Anne Brocklebank-Proud said,

Receiving the University Office Award in 2015 allowed me to attend an international ARMS conference in beautiful Singapore. I learnt a great deal at the conference not only about areas of research management that I am less familiar with, but also some excellent tips and hints to improve our practices and engagement at both faculty and university level. I received some very useful feedback on my poster on assessor report analysis which I will incorporate in future work.  The ARMS/University Office Award was invaluable; it was so helpful to be able to gain this professional development without having to worry too much about the costs involved”.

About the Award

The ARMS/University Office 2016 INORMS Travel Award shall be used to support attendance of the INORMS Conference in Melbourne by an eligible member of the Society.  Specifically, the award will cover:

  • Full conference registration;
  • A single, return economy direct flight to Melbourne from a capital city; and 
  • Accommodation for three nights at the conference venue.

These costs will be met directly by University Office.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for an award, an applicant must:

Note that employees of University Office or its associated entities are ineligible to apply for this award.

About University Office

University Office is a 100% Australian owned and operated software provider that has developed into an international leader in Research Management and Administration applications and solutions. University Office has worked extensively with the university and research community to deliver software solutions tailored for both universities and research driven institutions.  

To download the guidelines - click here

To download the application form - click here

For further details about the INORMS Conference in Melbourne, please visit the website.



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INORMS Chapter Travel Awards aim to support the cost of attending and participating in the INORMS2016 Conference.  ARMS will be hosting the international INORMS conference in Melbourne from the 11th - 15th of September.  This conference replaces the annual ARMS conference for 2016 only.

Each Chapter Committee will be allocated a total AUD$2000 to be used to support INORMS Chapter Travel Awards.  These awards contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation or conference registration for eligible members attending the INORMS Conference.  Chapter Committees may allocate a minimum of two awards at AUD$1000 each or instead may offer smaller awards to support more members attending the conference.

Applications are now being called from eligible members for the 2016 funding round. 


To be considered for an award you must:

  1. Be a financial member of ARMS at the time of the application, and for the duration of the award;
  2. Have not previously received a Chapter Travel Award;
  3. Have not been awarded an ARMS/ University Office INORMS Travel Award;
  4. Demonstrate that your organisation supports your attendance at the INORMS Conference and will meet costs not covered by the Travel Award. Evidence of the support should be through a Letter of Support or Self-Employed Statement:

If you are an employee, your application must be accompanied by a formal letter of support from the Line Manager or supervisor in your organisation. At a minimum, the letter should:

  • Confirm that the organisation supports your attendance at the conference;
  • Confirm that the organisation will meet the costs not covered by the award; and
  • Describe how attending INORMS2016 is relevant to your current role and responsibilities in the organisation and how it aligns with your career plan.

If you are self-employed, your application must be accompanied by a one-page statement describing your business and how it contributes to the Australasian research management sector.


Your application should address each of the following essential criteria, up to a maximum of 2 pages.

  1. Your professional experience in the research management field, over the last five years. Summarise roles held and key responsibilities. 
  2. Previous attendance at a past ARMS conference or conferences. Briefly indicate which ARMS conferences you have attended (to help the committee consider applications on frequency of attendance).
  3. Barriers to attending an ARMS conference. If you have wanted to attend an ARMS conference this year or in the past, but have not been able to do so, please outline the barriers to you attending.
  4. Aspects of the INORMS2016 Program you are especially interested in.  Please be specific in your response, explaining how those aspects of the program will contribute to your professional development.
  5. Benefit of attending the conference and how this will fit into your career aspirations in Research Management.


All applications will be reviewed by the Chapter Committee and awarded by ARMS.

All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their application.

There will be no appeals process, but feedback will be given by the Chapter Convenor to all unsuccessful applicants, upon request.

All successful applicants will be acknowledged at an award ceremony at the INORMS conference in September. 

Awardees will also be required to provide a brief post conference report 6 weeks after the conference.  This information will be used for promotional purposes and the report is to be submitted to the Chapter Convenor.


The application form must be submitted by cob Monday the 30th of May to

ARMS Conference Poster Awards

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Each conference committee will circulate deadlines for submitting posters. Poster judging takes place during the ARMS conference. Visit the conference website arms2015 for more information.

Read here for the 2015 Winners Announcement

ARMS Award Recipients

ARMS congratulates all current and past award recipients. 

Read here for a full list of current and past award recipients 

Additions from the past to this list are welcome.