What are we trying to achieve?

The challenging financial environment and increased international competition require innovative approaches to ensure ANU remains a recognised leader in world-class research.

The RIMS Program (Research Information Management System Program) will transform how ANU supports, enables and inspires world-class research. It spans all research support activities from the conception of research ideas through to the promotion of research outcomes.

The overarching principle is: “Supporting Researchers Better”.

How will it improve our services?

The RIMS Program will improve research support services for researchers by:

  • Providing a research portal; a single place where information is captured once and easily accessible for reuse.
  • Reducing and automating administrative activities and simplifying processes.
  • Providing high quality and consistent service to researchers.

Improving the visibility of ANU research activities and researchers’ profiles.

What's involved?

The RIMS Program seeks to review and improve the research management processes, systems and professional support service model.

The following will be reviewed, in collaboration and with input from the research community, including researchers and professional staff:

  • Ethics (including ethics protocols submission and review)
  • Planning and managing research projects (including research project proposal, submitting funding applications, project planning etc.)
  • Publications and promotion (including disseminating research outputs and generating publicity)
  • Industry, government agencies and community engagement
  • Compliance with legislation and audit requirements.

To support this change, the University has identified a system called Converis. Researchers will have access to this online system, providing them with a single portal supporting all aspects of their research management and administration. 

How can I contribute?

The research community is encouraged to contribute to the design and implementation of the RIMS Program. Reference groups are being created to examine current issues, provide suggestions for improvement and contribute to the design of the new processes and system.

The first reference group, comprised of researchers across multiple disciplines and ethics committee members and chairs, is currently examining the current ethics processes and systems.

If you would like to be involved, please contact RIMS@anu.edu.au

Highlight news

11 May 2017

RIMS program update »

The RIMS Program aims to improve our research support services by providing services that add value to our researchers across all research activities...
11 Aug 2016

What’s happening on RIMS (Research Information Management System) »

The RIMS Program has officially started and the Planning Phase commenced on 1 July 2016. Highlights of activities in August 2016 include:...