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DRA

DRA

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.

Objectives

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: Group Internet Based
CEUs/CPEs: See here

Schedule:
1:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern each day VIRTUAL
*There will be breaks throughout the presentation*

 

Upcoming DRA Workshops

Virtual
June 14 - 17, 2021

The next Departmental Workshop will be held virtually June 14 - 17, 2021. 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.

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2021 DRA Workshop Faculty

 

Glenda Bullock

Director of Research and Business Administration, Divisions of Hematology, Rheumatology, Pharmacogenomics, Allergy & Immunology
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 for Grants Administration, College of Engineering
Boston University

Hollie Schreiber

Director, DASNR Sponsored Programs Administration
Oklahoma State University

 

Sinnamon Tierney

Finance & Grants Manager, 
CARB-X

Boston University

Samantha Wescott

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

  • 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