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Certified Research Administrator (CRA): Is It for You?. Elizabeth Adams + Frank Cutting WCAS Research Administration meeting December 16, 2010. Research Administration as a Profession. Nationally Research is a national priority, and a cornerstone to our economy

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Certified Research Administrator (CRA):Is It for You?

Elizabeth Adams + Frank Cutting

WCAS Research Administration meeting

December 16, 2010


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Research Administration as a Profession

  • Nationally

    • Research is a national priority, and a cornerstone to our economy

    • Many different kinds of institutions do research, in many different places

    • Sponsor requirements are growing (particularly on the administrative side)

  • At NU

    • Unprecedented $557M research awards in FY10

    • Approximately 100 Research Administrator and Research Coordinator positions on campus

    • Vibrant, dynamic community of RAs


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Credential bestowed by independent professional organization

Organized body of knowledge; efficient and practical

It looks good on your resume

Mark of personal commitment to the field

It’s what’s available if you want in-depth understanding of research administration

Great professional goal/challenge for yourself

Study and network within a cohort with similar professional goals

Information is power

Why the CRA?


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Why Not the CRA?

  • Time commitment

  • Cost

  • Eligibility

  • CRA is still gaining visibility, credibility

  • Research administration training at NU may improve over the next 2-3 years


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Structure

NURAP will purchase “Guide to Managing Federal Grants for Colleges and Universities”

Follow UT review plan

15 Weekly meetings covering specific topics

Same day, time and place each week

Tuesdays 4 – 5:30pm Norris?

Using Googlegroups for discussion forum?

Each meeting has one or two facilitators

Hope to enlist OSR / ASRSP for sponsor-specific session

CRA Local Mentor is at IIT


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Timeline

December- Early January Info sessions

January 24-28 Classes start

Feb 11 Review at UIC

March 15Test registration deadline

May 2-6 Classes end

May 7-21 Take Test!


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Sample Exam Questions!

  • Federal law generally requires grant financial records to be kept for a MINIMUM of how many years?

    A. 1

    B. 3

    C. 5

    D. 10


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Sample Exam Questions!

  • The Bayh-Dole Act addresses:

    A. publication rights to all intellectual property

    B. fixed price contracts for federally sponsored research

    C. extension of collaborative business opportunities

    D. ownership of intellectual property resulting from federal sponsored research


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Sample Exam Questions!

  • According to federal regulations, Institutional Review Boards must include?

    A. An ethicist

    B. An attorney

    C. A member of the clergy

    D. A member not otherwise affiliated with the institution


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Questions? Thank You!


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