Meetings & Conferences

NCURA Offers Three National Meetings Each Year

  • Annual Meeting of the Membership
  • Financial Research Administration Conference
  • Pre-Award Research Administration Conference

Annual Meeting

To maximize the opportunity for federal participation, the annual meeting is held in Washington, DC each year!

  • August 2-5, 2015
  • August 7-10, 2016
  • August 6-9, 2017

NCURA is now accepting session proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Click Here to submit a session proposal.  We ask that you submit your proposal by 12:00 pm EST on October 23, 2014.

The annual meeting of the membership is held in August each year in Washington, DC. Over 2,000 of our 7,000+ members attend. We begin with a full day of workshops and senior level seminars which are a supplemental training program open to all registrants of the annual meeting. This in-depth, targeted training and professional development includes offerings for those new to the profession to our most senior level members.

We then embark on two and a half days of presentations, discussions, open forums and networking opportunities spanning all areas of research administration including, but not limited to, Pre-Award, Post-Award, Compliance, Departmental, Intellectual Property, Contracts, International, Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, Electronic Research Administration, and Medical Center/Hospital Issues. Attending the annual meeting gives our members the opportunity to participate in sessions over a full range of topics to support their need for information in a variety of areas. This annual reunion of the membership also includes our Sunday dinner, Tuesday evening event, dinner groups, regional networking events, and numerous volunteer activities that create the opportunities for you to meet and connect with your colleagues and create your peer network. In addition to the education and networking opportunities the annual meeting of the membership provides, our sponsor and exhibitor partners will be available to share information on the products and services to support you and your institution.

Financial Research Administration (FRA)

  • March 5-7, 2015       Orlando, FL            *Registration opening in late October*
  • March 6-8, 2016       New Orleans, LA
  • March 11-13, 2017   San Diego, CA

The community of those engaged in the financial administration for research was brought together in 2000 for a special topic conference on post-award issues. This community has come together each year since then for their own conference which has grown from 300 participants in the year 2000 to over 1,100 in 2013. This conference travels to a new location each year and is held between February and late March. NCURA members enjoy a discounted registration fee, and the conference is open to all members of the research administration community.

Pre-Award Research Administration (PRA)

  • March 2-4, 2015     Orlando, FL             *Registration opening in late October*
  • March 9-11, 2016    New Orleans, LA
  • March 8-10, 2017    San Diego, CA

In 2006, the NCURA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to offer a Pre-Award Research Administration (PRA) Conference. The vision for this conference is to create an annual PRA Conference complimenting the existing FRA (Financial Research Administration) annual conference. This conference of over 500 participants travels to a new location each year and is held back to back with the FRA conference noted above. NCURA members enjoy a discounted registration fee, and the conference is open to all members of the research administration community.