Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Full Members.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.



Upcoming Coffee Talks

Conflicts of Interest: Managing Increasingly Complex Relationships Between Researchers and Industry Sponsors
February 2 | 2:00 pm ET

Scrutiny of Research-Related Conflicts of Interest is on the rise and industry-funded research is increasing, resulting in the nature and complexity of relationships between sponsors and physician-researchers growing more intertwined. While these relationships can be beneficial to patients, physicians, industry and institutions, appropriate management is critical to ensure the credibility of research, the reputation of investigators and institutions and their ability to receive funding. Research administrators and leaders are challenged on a daily basis to maintain an up to date understanding of the dynamic and lucrative relationships between investigators, their staff and the sponsors of research while providing patients and institutions with comfort that these financial arrangements do not compromise the integrity of the research. Each environment has its own tolerance level and culture, but the scrutiny of these arrangements is increasing daily and every institution must have a process in place. Questions that will be examined include: how to maintain a current view of personal arrangements with sponsors; how to gain the trust and buy-in of investigators when you are seeking personal financial information; how to develop and maintain effective management plans; what are the advantages and disadvantages of the range of options to manage COIs- ranging from bans on personal services to industry sponsors, annual caps, public notifications, patient notification, staff notification, etc. In the post-Sloan Kettering environment, it is time to review your institutional process and determine what changes should be made.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify possible COIs in the research landscape
  • Understand he risks of unmanaged COIs to investigators and institutions
  • Understand the range of possible COI management options
  • Learn to build trust with investigators around the COI management process
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Genevieve deLemos

Partner
deLemos & Wever, LLC


Christina Jackson
, MJ, BSN, RN, CHRC, CCRC
Director, Office of Research Integrity
AdventHealth




Moderator: Timothy L. Gehret, JD, Esq., Contracting Officer, GTRI Directorate, Office of Sponsored Programs, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Pre-Award in a Department
March 2 | 2:00 pm ET

Department administrators are on the front line for dealing with all sponsored project issues. Post-award may have more regulations to follow, but Departmental Administrators often feel more pressure from the pre-award side of their positions. The universal drive for more research grants means an emphasis on generating proposals. In addition, with average funding rates of under 20%, there will always be way more proposals than awards, which can disproportionately affect the Departmental Administrator. This coffee talk we will discuss strategies and approaches from several different administrators on addressing Pre-Award issues.

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Tolise Dailey
Training Manager
Johns Hopkins University


Sean Scott
, CRA
Director of Research Operations
College of Public Health
University of Kentucky


Moderator: TBA!
Please register here

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

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Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Post-Award in a Department
April 6 | 2:00 pm ET

Department administrators are on the front line for dealing with all sponsored project issues. And while pre-award is just as important, it often doesn’t involve as many moving pieces, and offices, as post-award. Explaining to PIs the reasoning behind the rules and regulations that define how they can utilize “their” grant, falls to the DRA many times. This coffee talk will talk about strategies and approaches from several different administrators on efficient interactions with PI’s, central administration, other institutional offices, and sponsors.

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

Tolise Dailey
Training Manager
Johns Hopkins University

Tracy Reinke
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
University of Oklahoma

Sean Scott, CRA
Director of Research Operations
College of Public Health
University of Kentucky


Kevin Titus
Business Director
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Moderator: TBA!
Please register here

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
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See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!


"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"