foRMAtion Innovative and smart module for potential Research Managers and Administrators in higher education
|Funding programme||Erasmus+ Programme|
|Start year-end year||2020-2022|
The increasing competition for EU funds in the field of R&I projects the growing needs of the labour market for professional research support staff, and the shortage in research management administration (RMA) educational programmes, led to the realization of the foRMAtion (Innovative and smart module for potential Research Managers and Administrators in higher education) project. foRMAtion aims to support students in higher education as potential Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs) by reinforcing the high-level and transversal skills needed for developing and managing excellent European research, innovation and educational projects.
Based on these identified needs, foRMAtion seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Collecting and evaluating good practices in the field of RMA training from different EU countries;
- Developing innovative tools, educational and training methods for the empowerment of potential students;
- RMAs among HEI students to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills (both soft & hard) as well as to support their career development;
- Making the profession of research management and administration attractive and raising awareness on the importance of RMAs, contributing to the preparation and implementation of excellent European educational and research projects.
To fulfil this ambitious mission, foRMAtion gathers highly experienced organizations from five European countries supplemented by seven Advisory Board members. The partners have different scientific backgrounds and longstanding experience in education and research management. The partners will work together to carry out the project’s activities; to accomplish this they will hold regular online and in-person meetings too.
Activities and outputs
IO1 – Methodological guide & good practice collection for the elaboration of the foRMAtion international module
IO2 – foRMAtion international curriculum for future Research Managers and Administrators
IO3 – Teaching material for the foRMAtion international module for future Research Managers and Administrators
IO4 – Methodological guide for foRMAtion mentorship programme
IO6 – Online foRMAtion textbook and self-development tool
IO7 – Guide & impact assessment for educating and training RMAs at HEIs backed by policy recommendations
The outputs can be accessed here.
Seasonal School, 1-5 April 2022, Rome, Italy
First public stakeholder event: Innovative and smart module for potential RMA’s in higher education (HE), 17 May 2022, Lisbon, Portugal
Second public stakeholder event: Learning RMA by doing RMA: Empowering Research Managers and Administrators through foRMAtion’s Mentorship Programme, 21 September 2022, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Third public stakeholder event: Research Managers and Administrators: training opportunities and challenges, 27 September 2022, Rome, Italy
Fourth public stakeholder event: Professionalism in Research Management and Administration, 11 November 2022, Cluj, Romania
Final public stakeholder event: The Future of Research Management Training in Higher Education: Insights from foRMAtion’s teaching and mentoring experience to professionalize research management, 30 November 2022, Brussels, Belgium
• HÉTFA Research Institute (HU)
ISINNOVA, the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (IT)
APRE, the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (IT)
SPI, the Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (PT)
Contact & more info
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After successfully closing the foRMAtion project, the first foRMAtion Alliances Community of Practitioners online meeting was held recently, marking a significant milestone in the project’s afterlife. The aim of the foRMAtion project – coordinated by HETFA – was to...
After successfully closing the project, a poster summarising the outcomes of HÉTFA’s foRMAtion project has been prepared for this year's EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Conference. The conference, which took place in Prague,...
The project foRMAtion was invited to the inaugural ad hoc workshop of the ERA Action 17. The Action 17 forms part of the European Research Area (ERA) Agenda and aims to enhance the strategic capabilities of European research performing and funding organizations. This...
Virág Zsár, Senior Grant Adviser at HÉTFA Research Institute, has been invited as a guest speaker to the “The Grant” podcast by Niels Tudor-Vinther. The host of the podcast conducted a two-episode interview with Virág about the foRMAtion project. During the...
The foRMAtion project held its final event in Brussels on 30 November 2022. More than 70 people showed up in person and approximately 300 people followed the online streaming, including policy makers, RMA experts and representatives of higher education institutions. ...
foRMAtion Final Conference in Brussels: The Future of Research Management Training in Higher Education
The foRMAtion project - coordinated by HETFA - entered its final phase and the consortium is ready to disseminate the innovative project results developed in the past 3 years. The aim of the foRMAtion project is to support students in higher education as potential...
“Made in Italy” foRMAtion event on the professional recognition of Research Managers and Administrators
foRMAtion is one of the flagship projects of HETFA in the field of research management. It delivers 6 key results under the lead of HETFA, all aiming to support students in higher education as potential research managers and administrators by reinforcing their...
Under the lead of HETFA, the foRMAtion project is now disseminating its innovative outputs to a wide audience. As such, the consortium organises 5 public stakeholder events in 2022. Following the success of the first event in Portugal, the second public event has been...
The foRMAtion consortium, led by HÉTFA Research Institute, will organize several exciting events for the public in the coming months in order to share the project’s results about the professionalization of research management training in higher education. 21 September...
HÉTFA welcomes a student from Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania in the framework of an 8-week mentorship programme
Under the lead of HÉTFA, the ’foRMAtion - Innovative and smart module for potential Research Managers and Administrators in higher education’ project aims to support students in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as potential Research Managers and Administrators...