The Research Administration as a Profession (RAAAP) Survey – 2019

The Research Administration as a Profession (RAAAP) longitudinal survey, asks questions about your experience as a research manager / research administrator, your most recent role, how you entered the field, your experience of research impact and engagement, and demographics (on your educational background, the country where you work, your age range, and gender).

The second iteration of the RAAAP survey is now live! INORMS associations are circulating the survey link to their respective members – around 30,000 individuals working in Research Management and Administration across the world

We hope that your participation in the survey will provide greater knowledge on the profession across several geographic regions, as well as how the profession is changing over time.  The survey is open now for only a few weeks – so don’t delay, look for that email and complete it today!

Who has completed it so far?

The 2019 survey opened on 1st October.  We will be updating this webpage periodically, to give an overview of responses by association…

Should I complete this survey?

The survey is aimed at Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs), no matter who they work for, or in which country.

A research manager and administrator (research manager in some countries, research administrators in others) is defined as someone whose role (or a significant part of it) is devoted to support some part of the research lifecycle, including, but not limited to: identifying funding sources and customers, preparing proposals, costing, pricing and submitting funding proposals, drafting, negotiating and accepting contracts, dealing with project finance, employing staff on research contracts, reporting to funders, advising on research impact, knowledge exchange, technology transfer, supporting short courses, postgraduate research student administration, research strategy and policy, research assessment, ethics and governance, information systems, audit, statutory returns, and research office management. It also includes research development and researcher development professionals.    Research managers and administrators mostly work in universities and research institutes but many also work in hospitals, charities, government, funding organisations and elsewhere.

Throughout the survey we use the term Research Manager and Administrator (RMA) to encompass a person who undertakes any or all of these tasks as a substantive part of their duties.

Contacts and Further Information

This questionnaire has been developed by an international team of research administrators. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the principal investigators:

Simon Kerridge of the University of Kent, or Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU),  in the United Kingdom; or Cindy M. Kiel of University of California, Davis,, or Jennifer Shambrook, University of Central Florida,, in the United States; or Bryony Wakefield, University of Melbourne,, in Australasia.

You can find further information on RAAAP at

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