The IRAMS (Internal Research Application Management System) project has recently extended the old John Fell Management system so that it can host all internally managed research awards. Since going live in early May, more than 300 applications have been made to 15 different research funding schemes, with the number of schemes rising steadily.
IRAMS is a purpose-built system delivered by IT Services for managing internal research funds and external grants with institutional quotas. Working closely with divisional offices and Research Services, the project has aimed to improve, through the use of IT, the currently inefficient processes, tighten data security and reduce the associated institutional risks, contributing to the realisation of the University’s strategy of commitment to research by enhancing research support infrastructure. IRAMS facilitates grant applications, selections and post-award management giving researchers and research administrators a consistent and simple interface with all their internal funding applications and awards data kept securely in a single place. Divisional officers and Research Services can add and manage funding schemes through IRAMS, while departmental approvers can follow progress of applications and see final reports, as well as review extension requests.