The SRAI Certificate Program offers comprehensive training specific to today’s educational needs of research administrators & managers. There are three certificates offered at the 2023 SRAI Joint Section Meeting, Clinical Trials Research Administration (CTRA), Introduction to Research Administration and Management (IRAM) and National Institutes of Health Grants Fundamentals (NIH).

Certificate Guidelines and Tracking Booklet


The curriculum for each certificate includes a required half-day or full-day workshop and a specific amount of required and elective concurrent sessions depending on the certificate. Workshops and session are held at Chapter, Section and Annual meetings throughout the year.

SRAI members** have up to three (3) years to complete certificate program requirements, allowing greater flexibility to manage time, travel and budget constraints. For any questions about SRAI Certificate program, please send an email to

*Workshops require a separate registration from the full conference.

**Only Full SRAI Members may receive credit for taking certificate program workshops and sessions. Chapter members, non-members and those with a lapsed membership will not receive educational credit for any Certificate Program session or workshop taken during the time Full SRAI Membership is not in effect.

Certificate Tracking Booklet

The Certificate tracking booklet allows members to easily record their progress. You can write in the name of the meeting and the year on the line that corresponds with the session or workshop. 

The Certificate Tracking Booklet and other information will be available online closer to the meeting.

Learning Tracks

Learning Tracks are designed to develop the content in a way that assures value added opportunities for attendees. A secondary aim is to assist attendees to effectively plan their educational time. The tracks represent major subject and issue areas for research administration.

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Clinical Trials & Academic Medical Centers

Provides learning opportunities relating to “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside to the community” or ultimately “laboratory-to-medical practice” research for research administrators working with biomedical researchers, clinician-researchers, and clinician-educators. Topics include clinical and translational research topics relating to the conduct, management, regulatory oversight and workforce training for clinical trials and medical research in academic medicine or an affiliated medical center, non-profit organizations, industry, healthcare systems and hospitals.

Directors Forum

As a director, you fill a vital role in research administration. You are uniquely positioned to bridge senior leadership and individual employees in your institution’s organizational structure. With our new Directors’ Forum track, we are offering targeted sessions to address areas of development for current and future directors and to provide forums for open discussions between directors from multiple institutional types and regions. We envision this track as an opportunity to discover new concepts and ideas, learn from experts and peers, and evaluate and share critical issues. 

New World of Work

Educational offerings related to the research administration workflow design, management, and employee training that provide direction, motivation and growth opportunity in this new world of work. Topics include leadership, work/life balance, self-assessment, supervisor/staff relations, team work and collaboration, human resources and international personnel management.

Pre-Award & Research Development

Focuses on the entire spectrum of seeking external funding, including the planning, development, and submission of award proposals. Included topics are strategic planning and development for individual and collaborative grant proposals, strategies for developing individual and institutional grant capacity, identifying funding opportunities, providing training programs in proposal and budget development, developing effective teams and grant proposals, putting the proposal package together and submitting it, interacting with funding agencies, award review and acceptance, and post-submission/award communication, internally and with funding agencies.

Post-Award & Financial Management

Provides administrative research staff with an understanding of best post-award and financial management practices that include the regulatory framework for the direct and indirect costing of sponsored program activities, financial management decision-making and fiscal compliance of sponsored funds. Topics include: research cost accounting; auditing; OMB requirements; matching funds/cost sharing; financial conflict of interest; facilities and administration costs; purchasing; equipment and property management; salaries, compensation, honoraria; and travel allocability and allowability; working with sponsoring agencies and sub-recipient monitoring.

Departmental Administration

Representing institutions with decentralized research administration and typically individuals and departments that directly support researchers. These professionals often interface with centralized pre- and post- research administration departments, federal and non-federal sponsors, and other research partners. They typically have the responsibility for assisting the researcher with grants (applications and awards) and assist in managing research performance. Topics include: pre-award administration, financial management of sponsored awards, managing various aspects of an investigator’s research portfolio, and building a working relationship with central administration from a departmental administrator’s perspective; departmental research office staffing, organization and management.

Security & Compliance

Covers issues of security, compliance, and research integrity that deal with policies, regulations, (federal, state, institutional) and best practices regarding the ethical conduct of research. These topics deal with human and/or animal subject research, data management (acquisition, sharing, ownership, rigor and transparency); mentor/trainee responsibilities and development; authorship and responsible publication practices; collaborative research ethics; research misconduct; scientists and social responsibility; export controls; conflicts of interest, commitment and conscience; standards/requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and research ethics training and education programs.