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What is professional recognition and why is it important?

The IPRC promotes professional recognition as one option for the professionalisation of research managers. By submitting applications candidates can be reviewed by their peers on the IPRC. Successful candidates will be awarded one of three possible professional designations namely, Candidate Research Management Professional (CRMP), Research Management Professional (RMP) or Senior Research Management Professional (SRMP). Professional recognition would confirm to employers, colleagues and others in the research management environment that the individual has committed to develop as a research manager (CRMP) and has demonstrated core and transferable (cross-cutting) competencies and that s/he has contributed to significant achievements and contributions in research management (RMP and SRMP).

What are the professional recognition designations?

CANDIDATE RESEARCH MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (CRMP)

To recognise new entrants to the profession and those who have been in the profession for some time, but who previously had limited opportunities for professional development, for their commitment to a career in research management, to instil a professional identity and to place them on a professional development trajectory.

New entrants to the profession, who is committed to apply for RMP status within the next five years.

OR

An individual, who has been in a research management role for more than 3 years, but does not yet meet the requirements for a RMP and who is committed to apply for RMP status within the next five years.

Research Management Professional (RMP)

To recognise mid- or advanced career research managers in a management role for their professional knowledge, on the basis of recognition of prior learning, experience and functional and transferable expertise.

Mid- to advanced career research managers who hold an undergraduate qualification and who are employed in a research management position for at least 3 years.

OR

Mid- to advanced career research managers who do not hold an undergraduate qualification and who are employed in a research management position for at least five years.

Senior Research Management Professional (SRMP)

To recognise research managers in a leadership/strategic role for their professional knowledge, experience and functional and transferable expertise.

Senior research managers who hold a postgraduate qualification at least at a Masters level and who are employed in a research management leadership/strategic role for at least 5 years.

Application and review process

Applicants will complete and online application form, upload all evidence and other supporting documents and pay the fee online. All applications will follow the following process:

 

How do I maintain my professional designation?

Candidate Research Management Professional (CRMP)

A successful candidate can only be recognised once in this category (no renewal of status). When ready, but at least within 5 years after initial recognition, the applicant should apply for recognition in the RMP category. Sign off by the line manager/supervisor that the Professional Development Plan has been completed will be required as part of the RMP application.

Research Management Professional (RMP)

The designation is valid for a period of 5 years. Renewal of the status requires:

  • Continued membership of a professional research management association.
  • Accumulation of 60 Training Points through continuous professional development training activities (e.g. workshops, webinars, courses). It will not be immediate, but in time only training that has been reviewed and allocated Training Points by the IPRC will be considered.
  • An RMP may apply for SRMP at any time if the requirements for SRMP status are met.

Senior Research Management Professional (SRMP)

The designation is valid for a period of 5 years. Renewal of the status requires:

  • Continued membership of a professional research management association
  • Demonstration of a continued role in research management leadership and continued contributions to the profession.

Training and resources

Training sessions and webinars on professional recognition are provided from time to time and will be announced on the IN THE NEWS page and through the networks of the professional research management associations.

The following resources are available to assist with the application for professional recognition:

  • Professional Competency Framework (PCF) (download here)
  • Webinars:
    • Professionalisation of Research Management – 2019 (English)
    • Professionalisation of Research Management – 2019 (French)
    • Professional Recognition of Research Managers in Africa – 2020 (English)

Please also refer to the FAQ’s section.

Useful links:

Accredited Online Short Courses in Research Management (https://www.sarima.co.za/events/ )

Postgraduate Diploma in Research Management and Administration (http://www0.sun.ac.za/crest/news/post-graduate-diploma-in-research-management-and-administration/ )

Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) (www.sarima.co.za )

West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) (https://warima.org/ )

Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA)

East African Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA)

Northern African Research and Innovation Management Association (NARIMA) (https://www.facebook.com/narima.initiative/about/ )

Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro) (https://www.aasciences.africa/aesa/programmes/research-management-programme-africa-rempro-africa )

 

Are you an experienced research manager and interested to serve on the IPRC?

Express your interest to serve on the IPRC by sending your CV and a motivation to the IPRC Secretariat at prenitha@sarima.co.za

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