What is the role of the IPRC?

The IPRC is an autonomous body that awards professional recognition to research managers in Africa.

It was established:

  • To oversee the quality of and standards for individual professional recognition of research managers.
  • To conduct peer-review and to confer professional status based on prior learning and experience of research managers substantiated through a portfolio of evidence.
  • To allocate training points to research management training events for the purpose of continuing education.
  • To advance and promote the professional recognition programme and research management as a profession.

IPRC Sub-committees

The work of the IPRC is organised under three sub-committees:

Technical Review Committee (TRC)

  • Oversee the quality of and standards for professional recognition of research managers.
  • Provide ongoing advice to the IPRC on the design, content and assessment processes supporting the professional recognition of research managers.
  • Perform technical reviews of applications for professional recognition.
  • Provide feedback to applicants whose applications do not meet the requirements.
  • Provide advice to successful applicants on their further professional development.

Training Endorsement Committee (TEC)

  • Oversee the criteria to qualify training events for the award of training points for research management.
  • Provide ongoing strategic advice to the IPRC on the continuing education of research management professionals, aligned with the Professional Competency Framework (PCF).
  • Review research management training events and allocate training points.
  • Advise on prior training requirements for the portfolio of evidence for professional recognition and for the maintenance of the professional status.

Advocacy Committee (AC)

  • Act as stewards and ambassadors for the IPRC, the professional recognition programme and the Professional Competency Framework (PCF) as the underlying basis for research management professional development in Africa.
  • Raise awareness and promote the IPRC and the professional recognition programme across Africa and beyond.
  • Advocate on behalf of the IPRC for research management and the recognition of research managers as professionals.
  • Offer advice and information to the IPRC on issues related to the promotion and advancement of the work of the IPRC and the professional recognition programme
  • Provide advice and information to the IPRC on their involvement in the advancement of research management.

Who serves on the IPRC?

The IPRC is composed of experienced research managers representing the African and international research management community and are elected in the following categories.

  1. Individuals who serve in the position of Pro or Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research (or equivalent).
  2. Individuals who serves in the position of Director of a Research Office (or equivalent) at a university or a research institution.
  3. Individuals from key Agencies and/or Organisations involved in the research and innovation system
  4. Representatives from each African sister organisation who are experienced research managers
  5. Two/three members drawn from international sister organisations who are experienced research managers
  6. Co-opted members, with experience in research management, as per the requirements of mandate and assignments
  7. A member of the SARIMA Professional Recognition Committee (IPRC Secretariat)

*Two members are appointed in category 1-3- one from the Southern African region and one from the rest of the Pan-African region.


IPRC members serve for a three-year period after which the membership can be renewed for another three-year term.

How does the IPRC operate?

The IPRC operates virtually but aims to bring the members together at least once a year for an in-person meeting. Such meetings are aligned with relevant research management events.

The IPRC Secretariat is based at the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and is led by the SARIMA Vice-President for Research Management.

What are the benefits of being a member of the IPRC?

  • Exposure to research management in different contexts.
  • Opportunity to expand networks and relationships.
  • Opportunity to leverage your experience.
  • Sense of accomplishment to see individuals develop as professionals.
  • Opportunity to make an impact on the research management community.
  • Creating good will.
  • Building more equal and diverse representation.

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