SRAI Catalyst

About SRAI Catalyst

SRAI’s monthly electronic newsletter, Catalyst, features insights from top professionals in research management and administration, informs readers of SRAI’s extensive conference and educational offerings, recognizes members for their achievements and provides a space to network and learn more about the structure, functions and people of SRAI. 

SRA International and the Catalyst team hopes you find this newsletter interesting and helpful in your efforts of providing support to research. We encourage you to collaborate, investigate and continue your efforts toward improving the quality of the academic and research environment both in the US and abroad. Visit our website for the most current information on meetings, policy, happenings and events.  

Recent Articles

  • Authored by Evan Roberts on behalf of the Micro-credentialing Task Force CEO SRA International Identifying, developing and maintaining the foundational skills to be a successful research administrator can be challenging. Early in our careers, we are reminded daily of the things we had yet to learn. There are transactions questioned, grants and IRB read more

  • Authored by Katie Watkin s,  M.Ed. Assistant Vice President, Research Admin University of Akron Shape the future of our profession by casting your vote for the Board of Directors. Voting is open for all Full members of SRAI for the positions of President Elect, Treasurer and (2) two At-Large Board Members for the Board of Directors. You read more

  • Authored by Bruce W. Steinert , PhD Clinical Research Regulatory Manager Medical College of Wisconsin The SRA Board of Directors met at the Executive Office headquarters in Rosslyn, VA on July 21& 22. The meeting was quite productive in spite of triple-digit temperatures and air conditioning not quite up to the task. President Kim C. Carter read more

  • Authored by Courtney Hunt , PhD Research Manager University of Houston It is a tough time to be an academic researcher. The number of new doctoral degrees awarded annually continues to increase; federal funding for research projects has gotten tighter and more competitive, and research questions are getting more complicated. All of these factors read more

  • Authored by  Paul A. Brouillette  Grant Administrator McLean Hospital This month, we are launching a new column called “The Secret Life of a Research Administrator” to facilitate more personal connections between SRAI members through the Catalyst newsletter.  Since I was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea on our last committee call, I gladly read more


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Seema Dhindaw, MS
Co-editor, Catalyst

Katie Watkins
Co-editor, Catalyst