India Research Management Initiative (IRMI)

Towards creating robust research ecosystems in India to address global challenges

 

In addition to identifying and supporting the best scientific talent in India, the India Alliance supports and implements enabling policies and interventions to create a world-class research ecosystem in India. The India Research Management Initiative (IRMI) of India Alliance aims to strengthen research ecosystems in India by building capacity for research management and creating a community of practice that support knowledge creation and innovation for addressing global challenges.

Research institutes and Universities, the major players contributing to knowledge generation, need to invest in enhancing their strategic research competency to be able to drive innovation and development.

With a view to improving institutional ecosystems in India and helping them maximise their research impact and attain global standards, the India Alliance launched the India Research Management Initiative (IRMI), in February 2018. IRMI was introduced as a 12-month pilot aimed at creating awareness for research management in India, engaging in dialogue with Indian institutions, and building a baseline of information upon which to base future policy and funding opportunities. An Open letter on insights from the IRMI pilot can be accessed here.

Learnings from the IRMI pilot have guided the subsequent establishment of the IRMI programme, with a specific focus on the following strategic priorities for 2019-2024:

I. Support research centres in India in strengthening research management services available to their researchers

II. Support training, career development, and networking opportunities for research managers and administrators

III. Build national and international partnerships for knowledge and resource exchange

IV. Create a community of practice for research management in India

Find out more about the IRMI strategic plan for 2019-2024 here.

The India Alliance will support funding opportunities and facilitate activities in line with the strategic priorities for IRMI, as the foundational steps towards strengthening research ecosystems in India.

The India Alliance aims to create a community of practice for research management in India via IRMI, with robust participation from institutions, researchers, research managers and other professionals for peer-learning and capacity building.

The India Alliance will periodically reach out to institutions and individuals registered with IRMI for specific opportunities, as they arise. An Annual IRMI conference, thematic workshops and specific learning opportunities are planned as platforms for bringing diverse stakeholders together.

 

For Institutions

We welcome and encourage participation from Institutions in the IRMI initiative.

  • Institutions wishing to participate in the IRMI initiative should complete this form.
  • An authorized official (e.g. Director, Dean, Registrar) should apply on behalf of the Institution.
  • The registration form should be completed with all the relevant details.
  • Institutional registration with IRMI is a pre-requisite for funding support for research management from the India Alliance.
  • The decision of the India Alliance will be final.

 

For research managers:

Research managers and administrators (RMAs) supporting roles such as international relations, pre- and post-award grant management, program management, ethics, impact assessment, public engagement, and innovation management or working freelance can become members of the IRMI network.

  • RMAs can join the IRMI network by completing this form.
  • RMAs should also ensure that their employing institutions are registered with IRMI as appropriate.
  • The decision of the India Alliance will be final.

 

Funding Opportunities

 

The India Alliance is pleased to launch a set of funding opportunities aimed at building institutional research management capacity at Indian research institutions and for aiding career development of Indian Research Managers and Administrators.

Note: Application forms for these schemes will be available online soon.

Purpose:

This is a combined mentored Fellowship and institutional strengthening program for research institutions seeking to establish or expand their research office activities. The scheme provides a unique opportunity to help embed professional research management support within institutions seeking to develop their research support services.

 

Eligibility:

Research being carried out at the host institution should fall within the India Alliance’s remit, which is to support biomedical research that is relevant to human and animal welfare. If you are unsure if your institution falls within the India Alliance remit, please write to [email protected] with details of the institutions ongoing research programs.

The host institution will need to be able to receive and administer India Alliance funding and should also be registered with IRMI.

Host institutions will be expected to nominate individuals to IRMI Research Management Fellowships. The IRMI Research Management Fellowship competition is open for individuals seeking careers in grant management. While prior research and administrative experience will be an advantage, choice of nominee will be at the discretion of the host institution. The host institution will need to commit to employing the Research Management Fellow for the full duration of the Fellowship.

 

Provisions:

The Research Management Fellowship is a full-time Fellowship for three years and provides:

  • INR 6,00,000 funding towards short-term salary support for the Research Management Fellow, with the remainder of the funds being provided via the host institution for the full duration of the fellowship. Some of the funds can also be used towards justified costs in setting up a research office
  • Training in pre and post-award grant management and research office processes for the Research Management Fellow, over a six-month period
  • An allied institutional strengthening program aimed at supporting the host institution in creating and assessing the efficacy of the research office
  • The Research Management Fellow will also be part of a growing network of IRMI research managers in India and will be expected to fully participate in networking, training, and other opportunities for the full duration of the fellowship.

 

Roles on Application:

  • Sponsor, undertaking institutional responsibility for the grant
  • Supervisor, a senior researcher or member of staff at host institution taking line management responsibility for Research Management Fellow
  • Nominated Research Management Fellowship Applicant
  • Other Research management mentors at host institution or collaborating institutions participating in proposed activities

 

Selection criteria:

Selection of the awardees will primarily be based on the quality of the institutional statement of interest, which should clearly include the following:

  • How effectively will the research office further research and innovation at the host institution?
  • Profile of proposed RM Fellow and fit to institutional requirements
  • Is the management plan adequate?
  • What are the plans for continued financial support for the office beyond the grant period (if awarded)?

 

Details of the Online Application process:

Online Application form: Submit your application online

 

Grant Conditions:

  • Any Research Management staff appointed to scheme will be part of the IRMI network and will be expected to contribute to IRMI community activities
  • Grant is for 1 year, a no-cost extension of up to 6 months is possible

 

Timelines:

Call for Application: Early October 2019

Application submission deadline: 30 November 2019

Committee meeting: end January 2020

Decision on applications: end February 2020

 

Reporting:

Awardees will be expected to submit an Annual and an End-of-Grant report, a template for which will be provided by the office.

Purpose:

This is a grant for research institutions seeking to develop a unique research management solution for addressing institutional requirements. This funding can also be used for creating new resources, supporting learning visits (in the area of research management) to other institutions, supporting researcher/research manager networking events and for collaborative research management projects. The scheme provides a unique opportunity to help embed professional research management support within institutions seeking to enhance their existing research support services.

 

Eligibility:

Research being carried out at the lead institution should fall within the India Alliance’s remit which is to support biomedical research that is relevant to human and animal welfare. If you are unsure if your institution falls within our remit, please write to [email protected] with details of the institutions ongoing research programs.

The lead institution will need to be able to receive and administer India Alliance funding; https://www.indiaalliance.org/remit-and-eligibility. All participating institutions should be registered with IRMI (see Participate section). The lead institution should ideally have some research management structures in place.

 

Provisions:

The Research Management institutional grant provides up to INR 10,00,000 over a period of 12 months, to support justified costs such as (but not limited to):

  • Travel costs
  • Database and system costs
  • Event costs
  • Salary support for a dedicated program manager for resource

 

Roles on Application:

  • Sponsor at the lead institution, undertaking institutional responsibility for the grant
  • Lead applicant, a senior researcher or member of staff at lead institution, taking management responsibility for activities
  • Co-investigators from lead and partner institutions
  • Collaborators; individuals/organisations offering specific expertise pertinent to proposed activities
  • Research management staff participating in proposed activities

 

Selection criteria:

Selection of the awardees will primarily be based on their statement of interest, which should clearly state the following:

  • How effectively will the activity or resource further research and innovation at the participating institutions?
  • Is the management plan adequate?
  • Is the activity or resource beneficial to the broader research ecosystem in India?
  • What are the plans for continued financial support for the resource beyond the grant period (if awarded)?

 

Details of the Online Application process:

Online Application form: Submit your application online

 

Grant Conditions:

  • Any Research Management staff appointed to scheme will be part of the IRMI network and will be expected to contribute to IRMI community activities
  • Grant is for 1 year, a no-cost extension of up to 6 months is possible

 

Timelines:

Call for Application: Early October 2019

Application submission deadline: 30 November 2019

Committee meeting: end January 2020

Decision on applications: end February 2020

 

Reporting:

Awardees will be expected to submit an Annual and an End-of-Grant report, a template for which will be provided by the office.

Purpose:

Research Managers and Administrators based at Indian institutions can use the IRMI INORMS travel grant to support the costs of attending INORMS 2020, the 2020 meeting of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS), hosted by the Research Manager and Administrator Network Japan (RMAN-J) in Hiroshima, Japan (https://inorms2020.org). The theme of the INORMS 2020 conference is “Promoting Diversity in Research and Research Management Collaborations: More Trans-National, More Trans-Disciplinary, More Trans-Sectoral”.

 

Eligibility:

IRMI network members, based at research institutions in India and employed in research management roles for at least three years, are eligible to apply. Some examples of research management functions include international relations, pre and post-award grant management, program management, ethics, impact assessment, public engagement and innovation management. Individuals who have previously availed funding support to attend INORMS 2018, via the India Alliance, are not eligible to apply for this round.

Applicants will need to be based at employing institutions, which are registered with IRMI (link to Participate).

 

Provisions:

Six travel awards of up to INR 3,00,000 each are available as contributions towards travel, visas, accommodation, meeting registration and other costs for INORMS 2020 attendees from India.

 

Online Application process:

Apply online by completing the application form. The application needs to be endorsed by the employing institution. Awardees will need to share confirmation of registration at INORMS 2020 and participation details with the office, failing which the award will be moved to applicants from the waiting list. The employing institution will be expected to advance the costs for the awardee to attend INORMS 2020. The India Alliance will reimburse these costs, up to a maximum of INR 3,00,000 post- travel and upon receipt of expenditure statement and travel report. A limited number of awards for INORMS 2020 will also be associated with a full waiver of meeting registration costs. Awardees will need to indicate the waiver in their reports and can seek reimbursement to the extent of the IRMI Travel award reduced by the waived amount.

Online Application form: Submit your application online

 

Selection Criteria:

Selection of the awardees will primarily be based on their statement of interest, which should clearly state the following-

  • How will the proposed activity enhance and contribute directly to the applicant’s specific professional development goals?
  • How will the proposed activity enhance and contribute directly to the applicant’s current work in research management and administration?
  • How effective and appropriate are the measures to share the knowledge gained back to the applicant’s organisation, and beyond?

 

Preference will be given to applicants participating at the conference.

 

Timelines:

Call for Application: Early October 2019

Application submission deadline: 31st October 2019

Award decisions: 15th December 2019

Confirmation of registration at INORMS 2020 (to be shared with the India Alliance): 31 st January 2020

 

Reporting:

Awardees have to submit a report (template will be provided) within 2 weeks after the conference.

 

Queries:

For queries regarding the scheme, including eligibility, please write to [email protected]

 

Event/meeting:

Date: Location: Links:
Webinar on new IRMI Strategic plan and grant funding schemes 27 September 2019  Online  
Scientific Project Financial Management Training Workshop- for WOMEN 25-29 November 2019  IISER Pune  Click Here
Scientific Project Financial Management Training Workshop  2-6 December 2019  IISER Pune  Click Here