Senior Executive Institute

About the Senior Executive Institute (SEI)

The Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) Senior Research Executive Institute (SEI) is intended for individuals who have research leadership and management responsibilities for their institutions (Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, and Directors).

The SEI 2021 series is comprised of targeted virtual engagements around select topics to promote deep thinking and concepts to enhance one’s intentional planning and decision-making.  Executive research leaders need time to think, time to gather perspective, time to engage with peers, time to hear from experts and time to develop and promote innovative ideas meant to enhance respective institutional research environments.

The SEI is co-Chaired by Dr. Ian M. Carter, Director, Carter Research Navigation Ltd and Amy Sikalis, MPA, Director Research and Science, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, University of Utah.

Senior Executive Institute (SEI)


If you have any questions or need any assistance with your application, contact Gina Cuevas, Senior Program Coordinator.

Upcoming Workshops 

Detecting and Managing Institutional Risk and Responding to Claims of Research Misconduct

July 13-14, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


As the institutional official you are notified of a whistleblower claim of research misconduct.  The claim may or may not have merit. Regardless, there will be an investigation. During this two-part engagement SEI attendees will interface with experts who will address:  How to identify risk and institutional vulnerabilities.  How to continuously monitor, ensure and promote an institution and culture of good practice.  Is it possible for a research institution to be impervious to claims of breaking the rules? 

Day 1 | Keynote “Risk Science, Risk Assessment and Programs of Risk Management”
Subject Matter Lecturer(s): Dr. Ian M. Carter
, Director, Carter Research Navigation; Amy Sikalis, MPA, Director Research and Science, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, University of Utah 

Day 2 | International Panel “Whistle-blower Claims – When Rules Are Broken”
Speaker(s): Allison Lerner
, Inspector General, National Science Foundation (NSF); Gareth MacDonald, Head of Funding Assurance, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI); Carol Bellringer, President and CEO, Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation 

Managing the Research Enterprise Using Data (Just Like Science)

September 7-8, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


This engagement is about using data the “right” way to manage the research program.  How to use data to measure the health, value and success of a research program.  During this two-part engagement SEI attendees will hear about the gold standards for enterprise data and the utility of collecting the right data for use and public reporting. Key questions will be addressed: What data do you rely on to make organizational decisions?  What can the data tell you?  What can the data tell your stakeholders?  An overview of some data sources will be presented along with their organizational use and value, followed by a debate on how to use and not to use management information.

Day 1 | Subject Matter Expert Lecture “Your Enterprise Data are Magic Beans
Speaker(s): Cary E. Thomas, MBA, CMA
, Chairman, San Diego Biomedical Institute 

Day 2 | Panel “Data Sources and Resources”
Speaker(s): Professor Max Lu
, Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey; Professor Jason Owen-Smith, Executive Director, Research Analysis and Data Integration Office (RADIO), University of Michigan; Michael Lam, Chief Data Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 


Research Culture and Continuous Improvement 

October 23, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT

IN-PERSON LIVE EVENT | Marriott Hotel New Orleans

This engagement is about maintaining and continuously improving the research enterprise.  We all rely on a strategic plan and implementation strategy to grow and improve.  Along the way it is important to pause, assess effectiveness of the implementation and change up, as needed, to ensure greatest success of achieving a thriving research culture.  This engagement will talk about organizational culture and programs of continuous improvement.  These topics are complementary if not symbiotic, to achieve a robust and thriving research program.

8:30 - 10:00 AM | Optimal Organizational Culture 
Speaker(s): To Be Announced 

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM | Keynote "From Good to Great, Year After Year"
Speaker(s): To Be Announced 

2:00 - 3:30 PM | A Culture of Continuous Improvement 
Speaker(s): To Be Announced