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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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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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December- Early January Info sessions

January 24-28 Classes start

Feb 11 Review at UIC

March 15 Test 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