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Southern African Research And Innovation Management Association Awards

By SRAI News posted 01-15-2020 03:32 PM


Southern African Research and 
Innovation Management Association Awards First Professionalization of Research Management in Africa – Professional Recognition

The Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) awarded its first Professional Recognition certificates under its new Professionalisation of Research Management program through a peer recognition process at its annual meeting in September 2019.  Awardees were Dr. Elliott Kulakowski, former president and CEO of SRA International and Dr. Marilet Sienaert, Executive Director of Research at the University of Cape Town.  Both received designation as Senior Research Management Professionals.

(from left to right) Dr. Pamisha Pillay (VP: Research Management; SARIMA, Dr. Elliott Kulakowski (Former president and CEO, SRAI) and Tembeka Mpako Ntusi (Chair of the IPRC, SARIMA). Dr. Marilet Sienaert (ED of Research at University of Cape Town) not present.

The Professionalization project began at the 2016 INORMS Meeting.  The project involved developing SARIMA’s strategy and a Professional Competency Framework (PCF), development of Guidelines for the International Professional Recognition Council and development of Guidelines for Professional Recognition of Research Managers. In 2018, the Guidelines for the International Professional Recognition Council and Guidelines for Professional Recognition of Research Managers in Southern Africa were finalized.

Two categories of research professional were identified and given the following designations:

  1. Research Management Professional (RMP) and
  2. Senior Research Management Professional (SRMP).

Candidates are required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate the nature of their prior knowledge and experience acquired over a specified period. Once awarded, professional recognition will normally be valid for five years.  

The International Professional Recognition Committee (IPRC) was established to oversee the development and implementation of the various professional recognition categories and engages with the SARIMA Executive Committee through the SARIMA Professional Recognition Committee (SPRC). The SPRC functions as the secretariat of the IPRC and it supports implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, marketing, and awareness-raising.

(from left to right) Dr. Therina Theron (SARIMA); Prof
Labode Popoola (WARIMA); Dr. Jose Jackson-Malete; Dr. Garry Aslanyan, (WHO and ESSENCE); Dr. Pamisha Pillay (SARIMA); Elliott Kulakowski (SRAI); Tembeka Mpako Ntusi (Retired professional; IPRC Chair); Cuthbert Kimambo (Deputy-Vice Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam); Josepha Foba (CARIMA) Photo courtesy of SARIMA.

Members of the IPRC included members of the various Research and Innovation Management Associations (RIMA) in Africa including members from Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA), East African Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA), West African Research and Innovation Association (WARIMA), and SARIMA. Other members of the IPRC included a representative from the World Health Organization, Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI). 

Authored by 

Dr. Elliott Kulakowski
Research & Management Strategy Group
Dr. Pamisha Pillay
VP, Research Management