Other Associations of Research Managers and Administrators

European Associations of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA)


EARMA was formed in 1994 and represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators (RM&As) in Europe. EARMA members work in industry, academia, the public and private sectors. They work with the EU Commission, national and international funding agencies. EARMA provides a networking forum, a learning platform, and a place to share experiences and best practice among RM&As throughout EARMA and in the wider RM&A community.

International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS)


The International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) brings together research management societies and associations from across the globe. Its purpose is to enable interactions, share good practice, and coordinate activities between the member societies, to the benefit of their individual membership.

Each member society has its own distinct remit, constitution, membership and geographical base. 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. On the INORMS website an overview of all INORMS members are displayed.

The INORMS secretariat sits with the Association that hosted the immediate past INORMS Congress – it currently sits with the ARMA UK (from June 2018 – May 2020).



BESTPRAC is a COST Targeted Network that gathers administrative, financial and legal staff at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support transnational external competition based (in particular EU funded) research projects.
The network serves as a platform for exchanging experiences, sharing and developing best practices, encouraging knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and increasing efficiency in these fields.

BESTPRAC activities can be divided into three groups: Working groups, Training schools and Short-term mobilities. BESTPRAC has delivered a lot of guidelines and videos on their website.

If you are interested in participating in any of the BESTPRAC activities or want to receive updated information about the network, it is open to new members so feel free to register for the BESTPRAC mailing list.



European funding related sites

EC’s New funding & tender opportunities participant portal

New: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/home

Old: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html

The Funding & Tenders Portal is the single entry point (the Single Electronic Data Interchange Area) for applicants, contractors and experts in funding programmes and procurements managed by the European Commission.

Under HOW TO PARTICIPATE > Reference Documents: you will find all the H2020 & FP7 reference documents (legal documents, work programmes, specific guidelines, model grant agreements, etc.).

The H2020 online manual is very user friendly. Please use the search function when you have questions related to H2020 proposals and projects.

RVO, team IRIS (Internationale Research en Innovatie Samenwerking)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor ondernemend Nederland) provides information, training, and individual advice on how to participate in Horizon 2020. They can also help you find partners in the Netherlands. RVO is the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) for the H2020. Their training is excellent for new organisations in the Framework Programmes.



The EU's COmmunity Research and Development Information Service. An interactive information platform that keeps you up-to-date with the latest news, progress and initiatives in European innovation, research & development.

European IPR Helpdesk

The European IPR Helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP and IPR matters to beneficiaries of EU funded research projects


This facility was started by the Finance-NMS-IST Project, with the support of the IST Program. This website acts as a portal and a helpdesk for the latest FP financial information.

Research Enquiry Service

Here you can submit questions about research in Europe, FP7 and Horizon 2020, and about calls for research proposals.


Dutch funding



As a national research organisation with an active contribution tovarious parts of the national science and innovation policies, NWOplays different roles: financing, programming, bringing together,supporting and influencing.Funding lines

NWO is an independent administrative body with statutory powers and duties. A total of 2,500 people work at NWO and about 1,400 of them are research personnel employed at the NWO Institutes. The Executive Board is responsible for the entire organisation.


Other funding

National Institutes of Health (NIH)




Dutch organisational associations

Vereniging van Universiteiten VSNU


Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra NFU


Vereniging Hogescholen