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 data from the second iteration of the RAAAP survey is now available.  We received over 4,324 responses, with almost 300 data points possible from each respondent. 

As with the RAAAP-1 survey, the data have been split into a number of linked datasets in order to preserve anonymity.  These RAAAP-2 datasets are available on FigShare together with some supporting documentation.  The bulk of the quantitative data is contained within the RAAAP-2_MainDataset, with the more qualitative textual responses split across a further 16 linked datasets.  Each dataset is presented in the original SPSS file format to aid analysis, and an Excel version for ease of simple queries.

Main RAAAP-2 Dataset (excel)

All RAAAP-2 datasets (collection)

If you are looking for the RAAAP-3 (2022) Survey then click here.

The various members of the INORMS RAAAP Task Force are responsible for producing and circulating RAAAP-2 association-specific summaries. For reference, you can view the survey questions here.

Some initial analyses have already been presented, for example below the top-level profile of the survey respondents – by Gender, Level, Region, and Association.




Poster Presentation

Respondents by gender

Respondents by gender and level

Respondents by region

Respondents by association

(The percentage of the respective associations’ members that responded to the survey)

About the 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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