The Hungarian National Agency has just announced Erasmus+ KA203 results for 2019. Among the 8 funded projects the project titled Innovative and smart module FOr potential Research Managers and Administrators in higher educaTION (foRMAtion) coordinated by HÉTFA Research Institute has also been supported for funding.

The project seeks to train university students to become future research managers and administrators (RMAs) through acquiring professional & practical skills and to be acquainted in programmes financed by the European Union (e.g. H2020, Erasmus+). Besides, foRMAtion is also committed to enhance the visibility and recognition of the research management profession that is essential, as high-quality scientific work requires excellent support and management. To achieve these aims, the project will realize complex and interlinked activities during its 3 years.

The project will start with the elaboration of a methodological guide & good practice collection to collect and analyse the existing practices and consider the transfer of existing know how, lessons learnt, possible failures in the field of training RMAs. Based on this & on the background study prepared by HÉTFA to analyse the necessity of an educational programme for RMAs, an innovative module will be developed to empower potential research administrators & improve their competences in project- and programme management. It will primarily target students from the programmes of international and/or European studies, however, bearing in mind the diversity of the RMAs with regard to their background, the module will be open for any students from any fields or even to early stage RMAs. The module and the related teaching material will be tested for 2 semesters at partner universities.

Moreover, foRMAtion will provide an internship opportunity and also an intensive study programme for selected students which will also contribute to their professional development. In the framework of the project, a blended-learning platform will also be developed offering the opportunity for participants to deepen & test the acquired knowledge, get effective support and gain practical experiences through tests, webinars, vlog, educational videos and situational games.

foRMAtion will be implemented under Erasmus+ programme KA2: Strategic partnership in the field of Higher Education. It will start in this September with a kick-off meeting in Budapest gathering all project partners, namely

  • HÉTFA Research Institute (HU),
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (PT),
  • Corvinus University of Budapest (HU),
  • Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (RO),
  • APRE – Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (IT/BE),
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (PT),
  • Slovenian Forestry Institute (SI) and
  • Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (IT).

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