The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) is the professional society for research managers and administrators working throughout Australasia and Singapore.

Since its founding in 1999, the ARMS network has grown to involve more than 2100 people from universities, research agencies and institutes, medical research institutes, R&D corporations, research centres, government departments, funding bodies, industrial R&D teams, service providers, commercialisation bodies and consultancies.
Our Mission:

ARMS is dedicated to the professional development of research managers and administrators; the promotion of the profession of management; and the enhancement of the research enterprise. The Society fulfills its mission through:

  • The establishment of a strong and effective professional network of research managers and administrators at all levels and based on a variety of settings through personal relationships, presentations, formal and informal meetings and publications;
  • The development and promotion of professional standards for research management and administrators in Australasia and Singapore consistent with international best practices; and
  • The improvement of the interface between research and its management.

We value:

  • A stronger, vibrant sector in the region;
  • High standards of research governance including the protection of integrity and ethics of research; and
  • The profession of research management as integral to the research endeavour.

We Provide:

  • High-quality, targeted professional training and development
  • Access to an annual conference with a reduced registration rate for members
  • Access to an accreditation program which recognises research management as a profession
  • Knowledge exchange through state-wide chapters and special interest groups
  • Access to awards and scholarships
  • Member resources and advocacy services


INORMS was formed in 2001 to bring together research management societies and associations from across the globe. Its purpose is to enable interactions, sharing of good practice, and joint activities between the member societies, to the benefit of their individual memberships.The first ever INORMS Congress was hosted by ARMS and held in Brisbane, Australia in 2006.

Each member society has its own distinct remit, constitution, membership and geographical base, but we each face similar issues. The nature of research management and administration is changing, and it is becoming more professional. The economic and political imperatives and pressures are common across the globe. The network enables the officers of the member societies to compare their national or regional issues, and to learn from each other. Through INORMS, we are able to transfer training course structure and content, adopt comparable support mechanisms, and jointly develop training materials.

The objectives of INORMS are:

  • to internationalise the body of knowledge on research management
  • to exchange best practice
  • to develop international approaches to supporting the research enterprise