ARMS supports the professional development of its members by: 

  • Travel Awards, Travel Scholarships that provide financial support
  • Awards for Excellence in Research Management Practice
  • Scholarships to participate in the biennual INORMS conference
  • Janet Dibb-Leigh Award (JDL) for distinguished service in research management
  • Fellows of ARMS (new)


ARMS congratulates all current and past award recipients. 

Click here for past awards. 

Click here for a full list of current and past award recipients. Additions from the past to this list are welcome.


The Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for Distinguished Service to Research Management 2018

Nominations now closed.

This award recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of the research management sector throughout Australasia and Singapore.

Nominations are called for annually, however this award is only offered to an individual whose contributions to the profession of research management are deemed exceptional.

If the Assessment Panel identifies a deserving candidate in this round, a trophy shall be presented to the recipient at a Gala Dinner at the ARMS Hobart Conference on the 20th of September 2018.

To apply please review the guidelines and submit a nomination by using the nomination form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm AEST, 24 August 2018 to the ARMS Administration Officer at  

Late nominations will not be accepted.


Fellows of ARMS - 2018 Call for Nominations

Nominations now closed

Fellows of ARMS are recognised as individuals who have made an enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor, trainer or advocate in the research management profession.

Fellows of ARMS will be entitled to carry this post nominal and encouraged to participate actively in the work of the ARMS community to share best practice in the profession of research management well beyond their membership with ARMS.

The 2018 round of Fellows of ARMS will be announced at the Gala Dinner at the ARMS Hobart Conference on the 20th of September. In addition to a plaque, each inductee receives a lapel pin at that time.

To apply please review the guidelines and submit a nomination by using the nomination form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm AEST, 24 August 2018 to the ARMS Administration Officer at 

Late nominations will not be accepted.


CSIRO Awards for Excellence in Research Management Practice 2018

Nominations now closed

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These awards recognises outstanding contributions by an individual or team that have enhanced the profession of research management and administration through:  

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Providing quality service – recognised by client groups for consistently providing outstanding service that has enhanced the profession of research management.
  • 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.
CSIRO is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. Its chief role is to improve the economic and social performance of industry, for the benefit of the community.
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:

  • Previous recipients of this award;
  • Members of the ARMS Board; and
  • Employees of CSIRO.

Award winners will be presented with their prize and a certificate at a Gala Dinner at the ARMS Hobart Conference on 20 September. 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. 

To apply please review the guidelines  and submit a nomination by using the nomination form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm AEST, 10 August 2018 to the ARMS Administration Officer at  

Late nominations will not be accepted.


ARMS Chapter Travel Awards

Applications now closed


Applications are now open for the 2018 ARMS Chapter Travel Awards for attending the ARMS Hobart Conference

These awards provide some support to cover costs relating to travel, accommodation or conference registration to attend the ARMS Hobart Conference.  Each Chapter will award a minimum of two Travel Awards to eligible ARMS members at AUD$1000 each.  Alternatively, Chapter Committees may offer smaller denominations (e.g. 4 awards at AUD$500).
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 (as an individual or part of a corporate membership);
  2. Have not previously received a Chapter Travel Award;
  3. Have not been awarded an ARMS Travel Award or a University Office Travel Award; and
  4. Demonstrate that your organisation supports your attendance at the ARMS Hobart Conference and will meet costs not covered by the Travel Award.
How to Apply

Applications now closed



 Applications close COB 5PM AEST on 18 June 2018 to  

University Office is pleased to be offering additional support again in 2018 for one eligible ARMS member to attend the ARMS Hobart Conference from the 18th – 21st of September 2018. 

Our 2017 recipient, Jodi McLean said:

“It was a great honour to be named the recipient of the ARMS and University Office Travel Award and attend the ARMS Conference in 2017.

Winning the Award provided the unique opportunity to meet and network with peers and industry leaders and undertake professional development.

Furthermore, the recognition has provided me with confidence, enthusiasm and momentum in my career.

I am proud of what I have achieved and it is wonderful to be recognised for this, I encourage everyone who is thinking about applying to do so.”


About the Award

The ARMS and University Office 2018 Travel Award shall be used to support attendance of the ARMS Hobart conference by an eligible member of the Society.  Specifically, the award will cover:

  • Full conference registration (not including pre-conference workshops);
  • A single, return economy direct flight to Hobart from a capital city; and 
  • Accommodation for three nights at the conference venue.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for an award, an applicant must:

Note that:

  • Previous awardees of the ARMS and University Office travel award are ineligible to apply.
  • employees of University Office or its associated entities are ineligible to apply for this award.

About University Office

University Office is an Australian based international leader in research management applications and solutions. Our solutions minimise the administrative workload faced by researchers and research managers, while providing timely and concise information to support operational and strategic decision making.

Download guidelines here

Download application form here  

INORMS Awards for Excellence 2018

Applications now closed

INORMS Awards for Excellence in Research Management Leadership 2018 (NEW)

Guidelines for applicants – Applications close 23 February 2018 

The inaugural INORMS Awards for Excellence in Research Management Leadership have been established to recognise outstanding examples of research management leaders who have made substantial contributions to the research management profession internationally. These awards are will be offered biennially at the INORMS Congress.

Each participating INORMS sister association (refer to Appendix A of the guidelines) will be given an opportunity to identify one (1) exceptional research management leader to be honoured at the 2018 INORMS Congress.  As there are currently 17 sister associations that form the INORMS network, the INORMS Council recommended at its October 2017 Council meeting that there will not be a formal award ceremony per se for each awardee.  Instead all awardees will be profiled (photo, brief details) on a wide screen at the INORMS Congress gala dinner on the 6th of June 2018.  

Each association will celebrate the achievements of its recipient in its own unique way.  

That said, the ARMS Board has agreed that the successful candidate from ARMS will be offered the honorary title of Fellow of ARMS and will receive a plaque and lapel pin in recognition of this outstanding achievement. The successful candidate will also be acknowledged formally at the ARMS2018 Conference in Hobart.  To support the candidate’s attendance to the ARMS 2018 conference, a complimentary conference registration will be offered.  


INORMS brings together research management societies and associations internationally. Its purpose is to enable interactions, share good practice, and coordinate activities between the member societies, to the benefit of their individual membership. 

How to Apply

View the guidelines  and nomination form here. 

Applications close 5 PM AEDST to