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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 or Accreditation Opportunities

Society of Research Administrators International

SRA International - Society of Research Administrators International

NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators)

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NORDP (National Organization of Research Development Professionals)


Research Administrator Certification Council

The Research Administrators Certification Council sponsors the Certified Research Administrator program.  

Certified Research Administrators


References and Resources

Professional Development, Networking and Training Resources

  • aiM Higher The aiM Higher CRA Preparation Program is led by a group (external to ORSP) that includes U-M research administrators who help colleagues prepare for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam. It was founded by Sue Kelch, a now-retired U-M administrator, and since 2022, it has been led by Corinna Burghardt, Stephanie Blackmore, and Melissa Li. Contact


There are a number of professionals within the U-M research administration community who hold leadership positions with these organizations. For more information on these organizations or memberships, contact: