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ICoRSA stands for the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations.
ICoRSA is an umbrella organisation for researchers and research staff associations, consisting and representing the interests of a variety of associations and organisations that in themselves represent the interests of their members.
ICoRSA represents early stage researchers, post-docs to senior researchers.


Nurturing communities of researchers

ICoRSA supports the development of national associations by facilitating communication across borders and sharing of best practices. We envisage that the consortium will play an important role in the global research enterprise by enhancing the productivity and experiences of research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers, who together are the life-blood of the global research enterprise.


Providing a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars

Researchers are a highly mobile part of the global research enterprise. Policy concerning research careers is determined internationally through a variety of global organisations. At present, there is no consistent voice representing research staff and postdoctoral scholars in international policy. The International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) will provide this collective voice, advocate on behalf of research staff and postdoctoral scholars, and inform international research policy.

The mission of ICoRSA is to expand its network among existing researcher associations, but more importantly to sow the seeds of formation of new associations in countries where RSA do not yet exist. In the emerging economies in particular, ICoRSA aims to play an ambassadorial role in developing new RSA and promoting research in general. The mission of ICoRSA is to provide a “Voice” for researchers internationally.

ICoRSA has 5 categories of membership:

a) Type 1:

Individual researchers such as students, postdoctoral researchers, industry researchers, academics, permanent or fixed-term research staff, or interested laypersons

b) Type 2:

National research staff or postdoctoral associations

c) Type 3:

Self-governing, transnational research staff or postdoctoral associations with a focus on improving conditions for researchers

d) Type 4:

Self-gAllied organizations with an interest in supporting researchers such as associations, companies, funders, governing and oversight bodies, and trusts

e) Type 5:

Organizations within and components of professional societies that have an interest in supporting researchers, such as trainee councils

Currently ICoRSA

consists of researcher staff associations (RSA) from:

National RSAs

• Europe: Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ukraine
• USA, Canada
• Australia

Research career development association

• CRAC-Vitae UK

1 Research Centres RSA


Partner associations


Other partnerships and engagements

• NGO in official membership with UNESCO
• Member of the International Science Council
• Consortium Member of RESAVER

ICoRSA - Why is community involvement important

RRING PROJECT - A true community of practice to learn and apply influence in research and innovation

MUSICA PROJECT - Multi Use Platform on Oinousses

GRRIP PROJECT - Grounding Responsible Research and Innovation Practices in Research Performing Organisations