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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

The RRING Community was officially incorporated under the ICoRSA umbrella in February 2022, with ICoRSA being its permanent administrator. All members of the RRING Community are automatically members of ICoRSA.

The RRING Community us a welcoming community that stands for mutual learning and collaboration to promote and mobilise for responsibility and freedom in research and innovation in line with UNESCO’s Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (2017).

Members include stakeholders representing Research Performing Organisations (RPO), Research Funding Organisations (RFO), Researchers, Business/Industry, International and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Higher Education / Academia and Civil Society.

The membership is managed under the principle of “pay per use membership” which includes free access to the RRING Community, while workshops may be charged.

Who we are:

National RSAs

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

Research career development association

• CRAC-Vitae UK

1 research centre RSA


Partner associations

EURODOC (European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers)
MCAA (Marie Curie Alumni Association)
YAE (Young Academy of Europe)
ECRNoN (Early Career Researchers – Network of Networks)

Other partnerships and engagements

• NGO in official membership with UNESCO (consultative status)
• Affiliated member of the International Science Council (ISC)
• Consortium Member of RESAVER


Why is community involvement important?


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


MUSICA Project: Multi-Use Platform on Oinousses


Grounding Responsible Research and Innovation Practices in Research Performing Organisations