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Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa)

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) Research Management Programme in Africa
(ReMPro Africa) is developing good practice standards to assist African research institutions with
benchmarking and improving their research systems and to enable funders to assess institutions
they fund, may fund, and/or desire to strengthen. Research management consists of any action
that an institution can take to improve the effectiveness of its researchers, but which is not part of
the research process itself.


Technically, ReMPro Africa began in 2016 with the launch of a process to develop standards for
Good Financial Grant Practices (GFGP). Members of the African Organization for Standardization
unanimously voted in favour of adoption of the Final Draft African Standard for the GFGP in June
2018, and the GFGP became a new international standard, ARS 1651:2018. The next stage is to
develop an international standard for Good Research Management Practice (GRMP) mirrored on
the GFGP process. 

  • Institutional Leadership – ensuring sufficient awareness and engagement, and hence continuity of support for strengthening research management functions across successive generations of institutional leadership and senior academic staff.
  •  Sustainability – Sustainable research management function in African institutions, including financial and career sustainability. Institutions finding mechanisms to ensure that they can support their own research management functions, regardless of funder or government support; and aligning funder policies towards meeting indirect costs. Strong research environments support greater research productivity, innovation and funder confidence.
  • Standards – reaching an understanding on common standards and good practice that constitute an acceptable level of provision, recognised both by institutions and funding partners. 
  • Developing Individual Capacity of research management staff – established for individuals in key research management functions to promote the notion of the research management ‘career’ pathway in institutions, supported by an appropriate infrastructure of networks and training opportunities.

Meet the Team

AESA Team Member
Allen Mukhwana Research & Systems Manager