Cranfield University’s Research and Innovation Team (RIO) have been named as Research Management Team of the Year by the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

The ARMA awards acknowledge excellent work in the research field. This particular award celebrates a research management team that has succeeded in combining the component parts of research management and administration into a robust, cohesive and effective unit, resulting in a significant positive impact on their organisation’s research enterprise, within or beyond the organisation. Judges were looking for approaches and techniques that could be replicated and therefore have potential wider benefits if adopted elsewhere.

Dr Christine Thompson, Director of Research & Innovation, who nominated her team for the award, said: “I’m delighted with the recognition from ARMA and extremely proud of my team. They have had a significant impact on the University by establishing a range of effective services, systems and processes to support the academic community. What’s exceptional is that they’ve achieved all of this in less than 18 months.”

Cranfield’s Research and Innovation Office facilitates high-quality academic research through the development of research strategy and policy, ensures compliance with research governance requirements, supporting researchers to access funding and advising on the contracting process. It oversees key strategic research partnerships with both public and private sector corporate clients to maximise their effectiveness and works with a range of stakeholders to identify and bring to fruition new research opportunities.

Cecilia Fenech Brincat, Deryn Evans and Andrew Lakey attended the event this week and collected the award on behalf of the RIO team.

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