Membership & Volunteering

National Council of University Research Administrators, founded in 1959, is an organization of individuals with professional interests in the administration of sponsored programs (research, education and training), primarily at colleges and universities, with a common desire to:

  • Promote the development of more effective policies and procedures relative to the administration of sponsored programs to assure the achievement of the maximum potential in academic programs.
  • Provide a forum through national and regional meetings for the discussion and exchange of information and experiences related to sponsored programs in colleges and universities.
  • Provide for the dissemination of current information and exchange of views on mutual concerns.
  • Promote the development of college and university research administration and the administration of other sponsored programs as a professional field, and to stimulate the personal growth of the members of the Council.

The Council is governed by the Board of Directors, which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, Executive Director, seven regional elected representatives, four at-large members, and up to three presidential appointments.

Many activities of the Council are conducted through three Standing Committees, which include Financial Management Committee (FMC), Professional Development Committee (PDC), Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (N&LDC), and certain Select Committees and Task Force.

There are eight Regional organizations, each of which elects its own officers and sponsors regional activities. More information on NCURA's regions can be found on our Regions page.