Trainings and Conferences



SRAI’s training programs and conferences give research administrators & managers ways to connect, learn and advance their careers.

For organizations, the benefits lie in utilizing these educational programs to develop highly skilled staff teams that have mastered research administration & management competencies and are equipped to drive organizational success. If you are new to research administration & management or have years of experience, SRAI’s training programs and conferences are designed to meet your educational and professional development needs.

Annual Meeting

This year, the iSRA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting will be held between October 5-30 and offers a slate of workshops, main events, educational tracks and social networking opportunities designed to fit your schedule and needs. Every attendee will have access to the iSRA Main Event plus one or more of the 2-day educational Tracks. As a special bonus, you will have access to every concurrent session in each of your selected tracks for 30 days. This year you will have access to more sessions, more expertise and more engagement than ever before.


Financial Management Conference: A Virtual Academy

The iSRA Financial Management Conference is a new online training event that highlights the fiduciary responsibilities, approaches, processes, and strategies for effective financial research administrations. The conference is targeted to central and departmental research administrators who manage research finance, allocate costs to research awards, or support financial operations.


Senior Executive Institute

The 2020 Senior Executive Institute (SEI) program will professionally enhance one’s leadership of teams and deliver innovative ideas and techniques for leadership and management in the research enterprise.

This year's program 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. The SEI workshop is intended for individuals and teams who have research leadership and management responsibilities for their institutions (Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, and Directors).


Intensive Training Programs

In light of COVID-19 our Intensive Training Programs have shift to online formatted programs. These programs provide an opportunity for research administrators to concentrate on a specific area that supports their professional growth. Whether you are new to the field with less than 2 years experience or a mid-level research manager there is always a need for professional growth. Discuss current issues, learn best practices, participate in real-world challenges and get immediate feedback in this unique 2-3 day intensive training format.


Section & Chapter Meetings

One of SRAI's greatest strengths is its regional diversity. Sections and Chapters host up to 12 face-to-face meetings yearly. Members can network with local peers as well attend inspiring education sessions.