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Research Administrator Professional Organizations and Opportunities

Membership in these organizations provides research administrators with opportunities to meet colleagues from other institutions with similar administrative positions. One of the benefits of this networking is to become acquainted with different models of research administration.

Networks and Professional Development Opportunities

"Founded in 1967, the Society of Research Administrators International is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the profession and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of research administration. Through innovative programs and a wide variety of outreach programs, SRA International continuously seeks to broaden and diversify its membership base. With over 3,000 members around the world, the Society is the premier international organization for research administrators in all settings, on all levels, and in all fields." Open to all grantee institutions, not just Universities.
~ http://www.srainternational.org/

SRA (Society of Research Administrators)

  • Michigan Chapter Contact: Kathryn DeWitt, University of Michigan
    Contact Email: dewitt@umich.edu
    Contact Phone: 734-763-6438

NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators)

The National Council of University Research Administrators serves its members and advances the field of research administration through professional development, the sharing of knowledge, and by fostering a sense of community. 
http://www.ncura.edu/

NCURA Region IV, Mid-America Region:  http://www.ncuraregioniv.com/

Accreditations

Certified Research Administrator

The Research Administrators Certification Council sponsors the Certified Research Administrator program. The council is a private, non-profit organization that develops and operates this program for the certification of individuals who demonstrate their understanding of the Council's Body of Knowledge. The Council bestows the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) to those who meets its requirements. The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the Research Administrators Certification Council's eligibility requirements and has demonstrated knowledge of the information necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

For more information: http://www.cra-cert.org/

References and Resources

Professional Development, Networking and Training Resources

  • aiM Higher The University of Michigan guided and self-study program designed to assist research administrators in preparing for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam.

Questions?

  • For additional information on SRA contact Kathy DeWitt at (734) 936-1288 or dewitt@umich.edu.
  • For additional information on NCURA contact Craig Reynolds (creyno@umich.edu).
  • For additional information on training or on the CRA program, contact David Mulder at (734) 936-1281 or davemuld@umich.edu.