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

What's Research Development?
June 8 | 2:00 pm ET

Although relatively “new” as a formal discipline in the Research Administration world, Research Development (RD) has been around in varying forms and functions for a long time. Much of what RD is depends on an institution’s size and type, needs and experiences within an organization, and its faculty. In this Coffee Talk, we will discuss what RD is and how it exists at different institutions, how it differs from pre-award functions (and is the same, too) and best practices from incorporating RD into your role, interfacing with your RD office, starting an office from scratch, to evolving a research office into something more.

Content Level: All Levels

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify what research development involves at your institution
  2. Identify 2-3 strategies to incorporate or enhance research development in your position or institution

Discussion Leaders:

Courtney Hunt-Photo
Courtney Hunt
, PhD
Program Director
Strategic Planning
Houston Methodist Academic Institute

Kimberly Pratt-Photo
Kimberly Pratt, MA, CRA
Research Development Specialist
The Ohio State University

Dhanonjoy Saha-Photo
Dhanonjoy C. Saha
, PhD
Director, Office of Grant Support
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jeanne Viviani-Photo
Jeanne M. Viviani
Director of Research Development
Florida Atlantic University
Chief Operating Officer
Research Ingenuity, LLC

Moderator: Courtney Hunt, PhD, Director, Strategic Research Development, Research Assistant Professor, University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Please register here

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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!"