The Bahrain Research Consortium was created as an independent, non-profit institution established in 2017. The consortium embodies the increasingly important collaborative and multi-research partnership required for multidisciplinary advanced research.
The BRC operates in accordance with the terms of its Instrument and Articles of Incorporation, as approved by the MENA Centre for Investment. These determine the governance structure within which the BRC functions and require it to establish a Research Center Board. This board is required in order to establish the relationship of the institute to MENA Center and potential partners.
The roles and responsibilities of the Research Institute Board are set out in the Articles of Incorporation. The BRC Board Committee Structure gives detailed governance information.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Bahrain Research Consortium will have an Advisory Board that meets regularly and has a majority of members from outside the consortium. In addition, the BRC will have a Management Committee.
The Advisory Board exists to provide the Administrator of Bahrain Research Consortium and Members of the Management Committee with an external perspective. The advisory board is a network of clever minds. They plan ahead and inject experience from a wide range of industries and sectors. The network brings together representatives from the business community, academia, foundations and the media.
The Advisory Board will be chaired by a member external to the Consortium. The Administrator of the Consortium and other key members of the Management Committee will be invited to attend the Advisory Board at the discretion of the Chair of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will provide the forum in which the legitimate interests of the funders of Consortium research are represented and will consider issues of strategy and policy. The Advisory Board will normally meet at least twice a year, and must convene at least once a year. External representation from funders, research users and other external non-academic bodies is welcomed on the Advisory Board. Membership terms are three years, renewable.
The Advisory Board
- To advise on the general strategy for the Research Consortium in order to achieve its objectives.
- To advise on actions to be taken to advance specific agendas of the Research Consortium, including:
- Communication plans, especially engagement with and dissemination to potential users of the research, and the impact of research; and
- Areas where the project team identifies a lack of appropriate progress or anticipates future difficulties in the Consortium’s achievement of its objectives.
- To advise on issues referred to the Board by management. These may include:
- Proposed modifications to the Research Consortium’s budget;
- Specific communication and dissemination activities.
- To audit and comment on the draft Annual Report.
Management of Research Consortium
The Consortium will have a single Administrator. The role of the Administrator is to provide research and intellectual leadership and to be responsible for the effective management of the Consortium. The Administrator is responsible for the research funds held within the Consortium as a whole. Individual grant-holders are responsible for the conduct of funded research projects and programs.
The Management Committee will be chaired by the Administrator of the Research Consortium and will comprise researchers. External members of the Consortium are restricted to researchers collaborating on the Consortium’s research projects or programs, and may attend meetings at the invitation of the Administrator of the Consortium. External representation from funding bodies is prohibited to safeguard - and to be seen to safeguard - the independence of the Consortium’s research programs.
The Management Committee is advisory to the Administrator of the Research Consortium and to other Members of the Committee in the discharge of their executive powers and responsibilities. The Management Committee is responsible for setting research priorities and organizing research programs; for examining the budget; for overseeing human resource matters; for receiving the Director’s reports; and for reporting to the Advisory Board.
- To establish and provide advice on the overall strategic direction for the Consortium and its activities, in accordance with its objectives.
- To set and, as necessary, amend the Consortium’s objectives.
- To agree an annual research plan and annual budget for the Consortium’s activities.
- To review overall management and delivery of the Consortium’s activities against annual plans and budgets.
- To oversee the Consortium’s compliance with the Kingdom’s regulations, procedures and policies.
The Management Committee is required to meet at least four times a year. There is no quorum. Notification of the dates of the next meetings must be provided at the preceding meeting. Notification of the agenda for each meeting should normally be provided a week in advance of the meeting and must be provided at least two working days in advance.