Universities have been submitting information to the Research Excellence Framework since January 2013. The Research Councils and Higher Education Statistics Agency are also demanding better information about research, especially on research outcomes and outputs.
Many universities are looking to increase the efficiency of their research information management system to meet these demands while minimising costs.
How to integrate your research management systems
Research information is often scattered across an institution: grant management in the finance office, a publications database in the research office, a repository in the library. A research information management system integrates these different systems to provide high quality information at reduced cost.
Investing in the system
Nexus, a Jisc Advance company, is offering the Research Management and Administration System (RMAS) to enable you to procure up to 8 research information management modules, which can be available via the cloud. Our procurement framework, which we’ve negotiated with 6 suppliers, could save your university £35k in procurement costs.
RMAS can help you transfer information between incompatible systems using open source tools and the European data standard for research information, CERIF. Download How to guides from the three institutions that developed RMAS Systems Integration.
Make your information accessible
RMAS tools enable you to transform information into the CERIF format so that it can be shared with external agencies, as well as across and within institutions. Use our CERIF savings calculator to estimate the cost savings a CERIF-compliant research information management system could bring to your institution.
Download grant information
The Integrated Research Input and Output System enables you to download grant information held by research councils into your own systems, so you can be sure that the records match and saving administrative time. A demonstration is now available. Download the user guide: usename GUEST, password guest.
Match up your metadata
Research funders need to match grants to consequent research papers and other outputs. Our new metadata schema for research papers held in institutional repositories includes fields for grants and funders, making it easier for institutions and funders to match outputs to funding.
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID ORCID uniquely identifies a researcher, helping you save time on many standard research management processes. Links between a researcher’s ORCID identifier in publications, grants and patents can be made automatically.