DARMA News are written by the DARMA President and the board. It contains brief updates on topics considered of relevance to the DARMA members. News usually cover ongoing activities in the Board, news from the special interest groups, reflections on recent workshops and seminars, activities in sister societies etc.

  • 15 Apr 2021 07:46 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    DARMA's fremtidige udvikling skal besluttes af medlemmerne. Bestyrelsen og en arbejdsgruppe på 15 medlemmer, der bredt repræsenterer DARMA's medlemssammensætning er derfor i gang med at udforme en ny strategi for DARMA, og har i den forbindelse udarbejdet en spørgeskemaundersøgelse, der inddrager samtlige medlemmer.

    Link til spørgeskemaet: http://darma.dk/Sys/Poll/24105

    Log ind og giv dit besyv med, så er du med til at sikre at foreningen stadig har relevans for dig og dine kollegaer i Research Management and Administration.

    På årsmødets 2. dag (10. juni) får du ligeledes mulighed for at give dit besyv med, da vi holder diskussionsforum omkring DARMA's fremtidige udvikling (annoncering og tilmelding følger snarest).

  • 10 Mar 2021 17:59 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Research Administration and Management is a fascinating profession that spans the globe with ever increasing layers of complexity. The leaders of SRAI and the Danish Association for Research Managers and Administrators (DARMA) recognize the importance of maintaining good communication, excellent training, and strong global partnerships. That is why SRAI and DARMA are delighted to announce our new Sister Society membership category. This new category presents the opportunity for full DARMA members to join SRAI at no additional cost and to attend SRAI events at the reduced member rate.

    We believe this initiative will help build important bridges across our communities and allow information and knowledge sharing that will benefit the members of both organizations. DARMA members will have access to our Connect platform, SRAI’s popular monthly Coffee Talks, and other online resources. SRAI’s members will have an opportunity to meet many more research administrators with a unique perspective, explore differences and similarities in regulations and approaches, and learn about new developments in research administration that may be coming to the United States in the coming months and years (think Research Impact!).

    This new program has been in the pipeline a few years and we are delighted to announce it is effective immediately. Details on the program and registration can be found on both organization’s websites, at https://www.srainternational.org/get-involved/become-member-rates for SRAI and at http://darma.dk/srai for DARMA. This arrangement is voluntary, DARMA members will need to complete a simple and brief registration to join and start taking advantage of the joint membership benefits. We hope all of you are as excited about this initiative as we are. Join us in celebrating expanding our international partnerships and please take a moment to welcome the new members to our community!


    Annedorte Vad, DARMA President

    Debra Schaller-Demers, SRAI President

  • 10 Mar 2021 15:23 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Det tyske uddannelses- og forskningsministerium (BMBF) har lanceret et call / åben idékonkurrence til to nye forskningscentre, som skal oprettes i Sachsen, som er den delstat i Tyskland, der er mest påvirket af den tyske regerings beslutning om at udfase kul.

    Danske forskere og videninstitutioner kan deltage i og opnå funding fra programmet i to faser. Se yderligere oplysninger om konkurrencen i brochuren samt på hjemmesiden: https://www.bmbf.de/en/science-creating-prospects-for-the-region-13171.html.

    I første fase kan der søges om 500.000 euro til udvikling af et koncept. Ansøgningsfristen er 30. april 2021.

    Ideenwettbewerb_Aufruf englisch.pdf

  • 18 Jan 2021 11:45 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    SARIMA 2021 Conference. Call for abstracts

    Embracing Change in a Shifting World

    The 2021 SARIMA Conference will focus on ways to embrace change in a shifting world through the promotion of openness, collaboration and sharing of best practices and experiences in different areas of our profession. The Conference will provide the opportunity to reflect and discussion session that will encourage and equip delegates to support and promote relevant and impactful institutional research endeavors to the benefit of society.

    Therefore SARIMA invites you to make a contribution to the 2021 Annual Conference - your opportunity to present stimulating findings, best practices, case studies and the chance to make a difference to the future of research and innovation management in Southern Africa. 

    Submission deadline 17 May 2021

    Submission guidelines can be found at: www.sarimaconf.co.za

  • 14 Jan 2021 14:48 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Our sister society from Brazil has a new Board of Directors for the period of January 2021 to December 2022:


    • President: Juliana Juk (The São Paulo Research Foundation, São Paulo / SP)
    • Vice-President: Carlos Graeff-Teixeira (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória / ES)
    • General Secretary: Renata Ben Baisch (Pontifical Catholic University of RS, Porto Alegre / RS)
    • Second Secretary: Deise Rocha Martins dos Santos Oliveira (Embrapa - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Campinas / SP)
    • Treasurer: Carla Regina Furlani Pereira (PENSI Institute, São Paulo / SP)
    • Second treasurer: Camila Gosenheimer Righi (Porto Alegre / RS)

    Fiscal Council:

    • Valdenize Tiziane (Children's Hospital of Brasília, Brasília / DF)
    • Marco Bruno Hingst Manzolillo (Brazilian Innovation Agency - FINEP, Florianópolis / SC)

    Consulting Board:

    • Sinval Brandão (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation FIOCRUZ - Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Recife / PE);
    • Ângela Cristina Volpini (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation FIOCRUZ · René Rachou Institute (CPqRR), Belo Horizonte / MG)
    • Fernanda Stringassi de Oliveira (Embrapa - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Fortaleza / CE)
    • Glaucia Barbosa e Silva (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation FIOCRUZ - Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Recife / PE)
    • Aline Pacifico Rodrigues (Albert Einstein Jewish Institute of Education and Research, São Paulo / SP)
  • 13 Jan 2021 17:18 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    ARMA is currently leading a project on behalf of our main UK government research funders about due diligence in international research. You can find more information about the project here: https://arma.ac.uk/first-output-from-the-consolidated-approach-to-assurance-and-due-diligence-project/.

    The project will recommend the establishment of a ‘clearing house’ for due diligence – effectively a place where information required for due diligence on research organisations and partners can be stored and re-used to improve efficiency. This is similar to the FDP Clearing house in the USA: https://fdpclearinghouse.org/.

    ARMA have been working closely with the research managers in the USA who developed and run the FDP Clearing House and we would like to reach out to any other research managers involved in similar projects in other INORMS associations. If you are aware of any such projects, or any clearing houses (or similar) for due diligence in research please reach out to Jennifer Stergiou, who is also inviting to a discussion if you would like to know more about the project or the clearing house 

    Jennifer Stergiou

    Director, Research & Innovation Services

    T:  +44 (0)191 227 4908                                          

    M: +44 (0) 7561 789 431                                         

    E:  Jennifer.Stergiou@Northumbria.ac.uk

  • 23 Dec 2020 12:13 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    News from the DARMA President - with a look back on 2020 and what to come in 2021

    2020 has been different to anything we have tried before due to the lockdown of the entire world. Yet, it is my impression that most of us has been busier than ever and I hope this news mail finds you well.

    This will be the last news mail from me this year and I will look back at 2020 and glimpse into what will come in 2021.

    A lookback on 2020

    The DARMA board has held six board meetings in 2020. Two were held in person and the rest were held online. I believe it worked out well and that we have accomplished a lot this year. I want to thank the board for their dedication and great work. If you are curious about what was on the agenda and what was discussed, you can see it online on darma.dk/boardmeetings. This is also where you find the dates for our future meetings.

    As most other things, DARMA also had to shift from in-person meetings to online meetings. Our annual meeting was substituted by three webinars. These and information from past meetings can be found online on darma.dk/annual-meetings.

    Our General Assembly was also digital, and it worked well under the circumstances. More than 100 members cast their vote and 2019 report and the plan for 2020 was approved, and new board members were elected.

     I am very happy to see the activities in our Special Interest Groups. At the moment we have five active groups. These are: Staff Management in RMA (for members who are personnel managers), Data and Automation, Impact, Private Foundations and RMA at small institutions, and you can keep informed and sign up to the SIGs via the links on darma.dk/sig. And I have been contacted about the formation of a SIG for members who has taken the EARMA Certificate in Research Management, let me know if you want to join and we will setup the network.

    DARMA has announced almost 40 events during 2020. Some were DARMA events, others event by our sister societies. I want to thank the members and board members who stepped up and shared their knowledge. Keep informed about what is happening by visiting darma.dk/events or use the RSS-feed. 

    In 2019 DARMA announced 122 job openings relevant to Research Managers and Administrators. Check out darma.dk/jobs for current openings. Right now, nine job offers are still open for applications. Also remember that whether you are actively seeking or just want to stay informed about what happens on the job market in our profession you can subscribe to news about openings by signing up to the automatic mail. Just click the "Subscribe to forum" link at the top of the list.

    What happens in RMA? We still use the webpage for announcing News from the board and the Blog for announcement that can be commented on or shared by members. In 2020 you could read about the consequences of COVID-19, about ethics support and review in research, the largest Danish funders, a benchmarking on EU institutional research offices, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, a book review, the discussion on overhead from private foundations where DARMA with much care was cited and much more we believed would be of relevance if you work in RMA. We also used the LinkedIn group as a forum for news and discussion. Sign up and join the discussions if you haven't already.

    What to expect of 2021

    We obviously do not know exactly how the world will look in the future, but we are still going strong and plan events for the year to come.

    The DARMA Strategy Working group was formed in 2020. The group consists of 17 members representing very well the variety of DARMA's membership population. The group consists of members with long experience and members who are new to the profession, members working in both pre-award and post-award, members from both public and private organisations such as universities, university colleges, hospitals, foundations. Right now, the group is at the analysing stages. We have divided into three subgroups: 1. The future of the profession, 2. Membership composition and career development and 3. Member-driven initiatives and Knowledge sharing. The next step is to meet in the beginning of next year and present our findings and decide our suggestions for the way forward for DARMA. The plan is to come up with a suggestion for a DARMA strategy that will be approved by the board and the members.

    The course Introduction to RMA is planned to be held in person in November 2021. It is already fully subscribed but you can join the waitlist and the board is looking into other ways of onboarding those who are new in the profession. Keep informed ondarma.dk/introkursus

    We still plan to host webinars, master classes and other online knowledge sharing activities. Keep an eye out for information on our homepage and LinkedIn page and contact the board if you have ideas for topics to be addressed. Stay informed via darma.dk/events 

    We know already that the EARMA and INORMS Conferences will be held online. SRAI annual meeting is planned to be held in New Orleans in November 2021 unless the pandemic still prevents that. Keep updated on Sister societies on the DARMA homepage.

    The DARMA 2021 annual meeting and General Assembly are planned to be held online. But if it is allowed and safe, we do plan to host a "DARMA party" in the early autumn which allow us to network IRL like we used to do and probably all miss very much.

    Get involved. This year the DARMA board has been supported by DARMA members in the annual meeting working group and the strategy working group. This is very valuable, as it makes DARMA able to do more. It builds network and makes sure we hear the voices of the members. I value that very much. I still invite everyone to write to me or the board when you have input or ideas you would like to bring to the board or if you want to volunteer for a specific task. You can reach me on president@darma.dk, Marianne on kasserer@darma.dk and the board in general on darma@darma.dk. If you need arguments for volunteering look at http://darma.dk/volunteer for inspiration.

    I will end this newsletter by thanking all the volunteers who has stepped up supporting DARMA's activities whether it being as a board member, heading a SIG, participating in a working group or sharing their knowledge in an online event. Also, a big thank you to the members who has attended our events and been active in our online discussion forums. This is it takes for DARMA to be an association of value and exchange of best practice.

    I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

    Kind regards,

    Annedorte Vad, DARMA President
    Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators, DARMA

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:55 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Do you have extensive experience or expertise in managing Chinese R&D collaborations - and want to speak to a journalist writing an article on the topic please contact me 

    I have been contacted by one of the reporters at Research Professional News who has previously written about EU-China research collaboration and the special considerations it can entail. Now he is looking to speak to research managers with extensive experience or expertise in managing Chinese R&D collaborations. This would be for an educational feature article, sharing best practices and cautionary tales to compliment the ever-growing array of guidelines on the topic. Let me know if you want to pitch in and I will forward the contact information.




  • 08 Dec 2020 22:48 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Fundats.dk har taget emnet omkring OH op og DARMA har givet sit besyv med. Artiklen kræver et login men kan ses på: 

    Indirekte omkostninger er stadig en øm tå i fondes forskningsfinansiering | Fundats

  • 06 Nov 2020 07:58 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Mangler du et overblik over de største fonde og hvor mange penge, de bevilger? Så har Fondenes Videnscenter netop offentliggjort en oversigt, der giver svaret.


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