Departmental Research Administration

2019 DRA Workshop Dates:
May 29-31, 2019 ~ Baltimore, MD
December 4-6, 2019 ~ Location TBD

NCURA is proud to offer the Departmental Research Administration Workshop, a workshop geared specifically towards the unit-level professional administrator. Unit-level administrators, or departmental research administrators (DRAs), who work at the department and college levels face unique challenges and a wide range of responsibilities and functions while managing research portfolios. DRAs must have expertise in both pre- and post-award activities. DRAs are distinguished from other research support functions because they are intimately involved with all facets of the research administration process, including daily interactions with faculty, while concurrently managing other department-specific responsibilities.

This program examines the essential elements of research administration, with a specific focus on the highly specialized skills needed to manage research effectively at the unit level. The program will employ practical applications to enhance critical thinking skills, and will apply best practices for research faculty support and other departmental day-to-day activities.

The DRA workshop is taught by experienced thought leaders in departmental research administration, who will share their real-life experiences. Instructors will also explain regulations, and inform how policies and procedures guide and support the stewardship of your institution’s sponsored awards.

After completing the workshop, participants should be able to:

Understand the role of the departmental research administrator and their interactions with other offices/departments;

Implement best practices for applying the Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit;

Effectively administer sponsored awards throughout the award lifecycle;

Employ pre-award practices which ensure effective and streamlined post-award management;

Identify potential terms, regulations, and other concerns that may impact life-of-the-award management.

Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation/Pre-Work: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
Delivery Method: Group-Live

Participants typically include departmental research administrators with 1-2 years of experience, central administrators who manage all aspects of research administration at their institutions, and financial or program administrators for whom research management and compliance is a portion of a larger role. This workshop is best suited for those at the department or college level.

Glenda Bullock

Director of Research and Business Administration, Divisions of Hematology, Rheumatology, Pharmacogenomics, Allergy & Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis

Jennifer Cory

Director of Operations, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine, Stanford University

Rebecca Hunsaker

Assistant Director of Research Administration, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park


Diane Meyer 

Project Management Specialist, Iowa State University  

Jeremy Miner

Director of Grants and Contracts, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Hollie Schreiber

Director, DASNR Sponsored Programs Administration, Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Shambrook

Director, Grants & Contract Management Office, University of Central Florida

Sinnamon Tierney

Finance & Grants Manager, CARB-X, Boston University

Samantha Wescott

Sponsored Research Manager, California Institute of Technology

Day 1: 
8:00am - 9:00am - Registration
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 

Day 2:
8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 

Day 3: 
8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - Adjournment 
*Final workshop agenda will be e-mailed to all participants one week prior to the workshop start date.

The next Departmental Research Administration Workshop will be held in Baltimore, MD, May 29-31, 2019.



Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Group Rate: $189/night  - Book your room online here.
Reservations can also be made toll free by dialing  1+(877)-803-7534 - please identify yourself as being with NCURA. Cut-Off Date: May 7, 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

DRA Participant Testimonials

"There was not a circumstance or situation that I as DRA have or will likely encounter that was not touched upon. The faculty provided me with options in terms of possible responses while adhering to the uniform guidelines. They were truly creative and innovative subject matter experts. Just an overall fabulous team. I am proud to be an NCURA member."

Belinda Beach, Northwestern University

"Engaging and relatable. They were able to bring levity and personality to a somewhat dry subject. Well done!"

Jen Ramsey, Florida State University

"I was very impressed with content and knowledge of the presenters. I felt it was of great benefit to my professional knowledge and consequently, my organization."

Stacy Holloway, Emory University

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