Program Level:  Intermediate

Prerequisites: This workshop is intended for the departmental administrator with 1-2 years of experience; and is best suited for those at the department or college level. 

Advance Preparation/Pre-Work:  None

Field of Study:  Specialized Knowledge - Technical 

Delivery Method:  Group-Live

"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

 Additional Resources:

Departmental Research 



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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.

Over the course of two and a half days, topics covered will include:
  • The unique role of the unit-level/departmental research administrator;
  • Thorough discussion of Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;
  • Tools for successful administration of departmental research management functions;
  • Pre-award administration;
  • Management of funded awards, and relevant terms and conditions;
  • Compliance issues;
  • Closeout;
  • Audit.


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. 

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