This workshop is being offered both in-person and as a virtual workshop. Some details, such as the daily schedule, will differ depending on whether you attend in-person or virtually. Please review the information for your specific offering.

Departmental Research Administration


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.


Who Should Attend? 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.


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, new UG updates, 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 Information

Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
Delivery Method: Participants can choose to register for one of two formats:

  • Group Live (indicated by IN-PERSON )
  • Group Internet Based (indicated by VIRTUAL )

CEUs/CPEs: See here



Upcoming Departmental Research Administration Workshops

New Bulk Registrations Rates Now Available for Virtual and In-Person Workshops!

In-Person Workshop

December 13-15, 2021 in Austin, TX
December 13th & 14th: 9:00am-4:00pm CT
December 15th: 9:00am-12:00pm CT


The next 2.5 half day In-Person DRA Workshop will be held in Austin, TX, December 13-15, 2021 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Registrants will need to arrive in Austin on Sunday, December 12th.

Deadline to register is Friday, December 10, 2021 OR when Workshop capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

Register Now


Book Your Room At
Group Room Rate: $189 + Tax
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto at 8th St.
Austin, TX 787012
Book online by Clicking Here
Book by phone: 1-800-952-6646
Cut-Off Date: November 21, 2021



Virtual Workshop

Presented Live via Zoom
The next Virtual Workshop will be offered in 2022.
1:00pm-5:00pm ET


The next Virtual DRA Workshop will be offered in 2022. As this is an interactive workshop, registrants will need a computer (laptop/tablet) with dial-in information available if sound becomes an issue. Webcams are encouraged, but not required, as part of the interaction.




2021 DRA Workshop Faculty


Glenda Bullock

Director of Research and Business Administration, Department of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis

Diane Hillebrand

Grants Manager, School of Medicine & Health Science
University of North Dakota

Jennifer Husmo

Medicine Department Administrator, Molecular & Cellular Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Jeremy Miner

Director of Grants and Contracts
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Jen Marron

Assistant Dean of Grants Administration, College of Engineering
Boston University

Hollie Schreiber

Director, DASNR Sponsored Programs Administration
Oklahoma State University


Sinnamon Tierney

Finance & Grants Manager, 

Boston University

Samantha Wescott

Sponsored Research Manager, Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
California Institute of Technology
NCURA Distinguished Educator

  • 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 BeachNorthwestern University

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

    Jen RamseyFlorida 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 HollowayEmory University