Our commitment to growing, educating and training the research management profession

ARMS is committed to supporting the development of excellent research management professionals and offers a diverse and broadly accessible range of professional development, education and training opportunities mapped out in our Professional Development Framework.  Professional development, education and training opportunities with ARMS enables you to attain and maintain the professional competency necessary to provide high-quality services in your role as research management professional. 

Offerings include a high quality accreditation program, and other training programs and professional development resources to enable members to continually enhance their skills and expertise.

About the ARMS Professional Development Framework (PDF)

The ARMS Professional Development Framework (PDF) aims to identify the knowledge base required to be an effective research management professional in the Australasian region, and to map ARMS’s range of programs available or needed to provide this knowledge.

The PDF identifies six core areas of knowledge and three levels for knowledge enhancement – Foundation, Management and Leadership. Progressing from one knowledge level to another would usually assume familiarity with knowledge at the previous level.

Each cell describes the broad learning outcomes relevant for that core area and knowledge level.

Existing ARMS programs which operate within these areas have been mapped out and shall be updated as new programs are delivered.  

Levels for Knowledge Enhancement

Core Areas of




Contextual Knowledge

Where the research management professional sits in their relevant country context

Understands and practices principles of good supervision, management and strategy development

Leads institutional research policy and strategy and promotes the institutional research agenda 


Foundation Level Module
1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers

Advanced Level Accreditation Program
Element 1: Leadership, Management and Strategic Thinking Program

Advanced Level Accreditation Program
Element 1: Leadership, Management and Strategic Thinking Programs

Senior Executive Forum


Foundation Level Modules
1.1: The National Research and Innovation System
(Australia, NZ, Singapore)



The Research Funding Cycle

Understands and effectively manages the research cycle from inception to project closure (this should cover opportunity development right through to impact and commercialisation).

Foundation Level Modules
2.1: Pre-Award Grant Processes,
2.2: Post Award Grant Processes and 
2.3: Research Finance

Establishes systems for research and researcher development, evaluating grant performance, identifying new funding sources.

Advanced Level Accreditation/ARMS Winter/Spring School Program: Securing International Research Funding, and
Business Process Improvements in Research Managment

Develops and establishes institutional systems and strategies for research funding and managing large and complex grants.


Higher Degree by
Research Candidature Cycle

Understands and effectively manages the HDR (postgraduate in NZ) candidature cycle from inquiry to graduation.

Foundation Level Modules
3.1: HDR Scholarships,
3.2: HDR International Partnerships,
3.3: HDR Candidature Management and
3.4: HDR Admissions and Completions

Programs offered by the Australasian Ethics Network

Establishes systems for recruitment, retention and timely completion of HDR candidates.


Develops and implements institutional policies and strategies at all levels of the HDR cycle. Integrates HDR management into broader research management functions and institutional strategic directions.

Senior Executive Forum

Programs are also under consideration by the Australasian Ethics Network

Ethics and Integrity

Understands and provides effective support to ethics and integrity committees and processes.

Foundation Modules
4.1: Research Ethics - Human and Animal, and
4.2: Research Integrity

Programs offered by the Australasian Ethics Network

Establishes and implements systems to monitor and improve effectiveness of ethics and integrity processes.

Advanced Level Accreditation/ARMS Winter/Spring School Program:
Advanced Clinical Research Management

Develops, establishes and monitors an institutional research governance framework.


A range of programs are also offered by the Australasian Ethics Network including a biennial AEN Conference

Data and Information Management

Collects and collates data to enable institutional and external reports.

Foundation Level Module
5.1: Research Information and Reporting  

Monitors the effectiveness of institutional research management systems and data.


Advanced Level Accreditation/ARMS Winter/Spring School Program:
Data driven Research Improvement

Uses data to develop and implement evidence-based strategies, monitor and benchmark institutional performance, suggest changes to strategy as needed.

Senior Executive Forum

Engagement and Impact

Supports researchers in engagement activities with external end-users. Streamlines engagement with end-users.

Foundation Level Module
6.1: Working with Industry

Implements operational plans for engagement with end-users, uses information to identify engagement opportunities. Helps researchers identify and articulate research impact.

Advanced Level Accreditation/ARMS Winter/Spring School Program:
Assessing the Societal Benefits of Research,
Development of Institutional Talent, and
Managing Complex Strategic Partnerships

Develops institutional strategies and monitors external policy environment to maximise engagement and impact with end-users.

Senior Executive Forum

Annual Conference – ARMS also offers an annual flagship conference which provides an array of education, training and professional development opportunities. Where Travel is not possible, ARMS will endevour to offer a virtual online conference.

Monthly Webinars are also offered to members on a range of relevant research management topics as part of our PD Sessions @ Zoom webinar series.   

Senior Executive Forums are offered from time to time to members in the Leadership category on topics of relevance and interest to the profession.