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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

SRA International - Society of Research Administrators International"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.


SRAI (Society of Research Administrators - International)

Michigan Chapter Contact: Patricia Turnbull, University of Michigan
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 313-593-0515


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NCURA (National Council of University Research


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.

NCURA Region IV, Mid-America Region:


 NORDP (National Organization of Research Development


A robust, national peer network of Research Development professionals that enhances competitive multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research.


Certified Research Administrators

  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 meet 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.

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References and Resources

Professional Development, Networking and Training Resources

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