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  • Writer's pictureSylvia Campos


Updated: May 12, 2023

Submit Your Session Proposals!

**Deadline for Submission Extended**

Submit by May 31st, 2023

Have a great idea for a concurrent session or discussion group?

We invite all NCURA Members to submit proposals. See below for Track Descriptions.

Don’t have a proposal idea, but are interested in presenting?

Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach

September 24-27, 2023

Anchorage, Alaska

For more information on RM2023, visit

Attending a conference is a formative, fun, and engaging experience and requires active participation and engagement. Prior to attendance, it is important that you have a conversation with your supervisor not only to formalize institutional support (i.e. financial) but also to clearly articulate the value of your attendance at the conference. We understand that this conversation can often be challenging particularly if your institution has a limited professional development budget. As such, we offer a few talking points that can help the conversation with your supervisor.

  1. Face to face networking is a critical component of developing connections across the research administration community. The organic conversations and topics you will be exposed to will have direct benefit to both you and your home institution.

  2. Clearly define how the conference will benefit not only you but your institution as a whole. You will not only get high level updates with best practices and industry-specific information, you will also have exposure to big picture conversations.

  3. Due to the diversity of the topics that are covered, you will be exposed to new information as well as further advance skills and knowledge.

To optimize your participation (and ability to attend) at the conference, you might also consider discussing with your supervisor the following:

  1. Applying for regional scholarship opportunities which often cover some or all of the conference registration fees.

  2. Submit proposal(s) to present, co-present, or lead a discussion group.

  3. Volunteer at the conference (there a LOT of opportunities) which demonstrates you will not only be attending sessions, potentially presenting, but also give back to the research administration community in a fun and impactful way.

  4. Offer to bring back some of your key learnings and present to your peers, supervisors, others or develop a report for distribution on what were the highlights of the conference.


Please reach out to the meeting Chairs: Jennifer Cory, Region VI Chair,

David Scarbeary-Simmons, Region VII Chair,


Track Descriptions


Topics may include: human subjects research; animal subjects research; stem cell research; occupational safety and health, environmental and biosafety hazards; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibility and development; publications; collaborative research ethics; scientific misconduct; standards for the responsible conduct of research; research ethics education programs, curricula, requirements, and approaches; and export control compliance; conflict of interest; and data security.


Topics may include: contract negotiation and monitoring, including for sponsored research, material transfer, and unfunded collaborations for all sponsor types (industry, non-profit, and government); confidentiality, data use and other unfunded agreements; subawards, subcontracts, and subrecipient monitoring; intellectual property; institutional policies and procedures pertaining to contracts; and analysis of problems that may arise in these areas.

Departmental and Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI).

Topics may include: proposal development and preparation including announcement review, budget development, institutional routing and submission to sponsor; direct working relationships with and support to investigators; financial accounting and management of research funds; onboarding and guiding new investigators; providing “first‐line” support and being point of contact to internal (PI’s, staff, central office, other institutional offices, etc.) and external constituents on behalf of the PI/Study Team.

Topics may also include those specific to research administrators at two‐year, four‐year, masters‐level, and small doctoral colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate degrees, or provide programs of instruction for students pursuing such degrees with institutional transfers (e.g., two‐year schools), where undergraduate enrollment exceeds graduate enrollment, and no more than 10 Ph.D. or D.Sc. degrees are awarded per year. Such as: research administration in a teaching focused environment; programs that are unique to or aimed at PUIs; and issues that are unique to organizations for whom research/sponsored projects are not mission critical.

How to...

Hands-on, interactive sessions intended to show participants how to perform different research administration tasks or efficiently use specific tools, such as Excel. Participants should bring a laptop to get the most out of these sessions.

​Human Capital/Organizational Development.

Topics may include: career development; human resources; facilitating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace; workplace environment and relations management; personal growth and development; leadership; quality of life development; self‐assessment; supervisor/staff relations; industrial/workplace psychology; succession planning; onboarding; training; and getting involved in the larger research administration community, including NCURA.


Topics may include: pre‐award management activities at the central office; proposal development and assessment; research proposal review, endorsement and submission; management of specialized programs, e.g. clinical trials; non clinical, transition/transformation of programs to new stages in research; role of research administration in institutional policy formation; review and understanding of terms and conditions; Uniform Guidance regulations; federal regulatory requirements for pre‐award; role of research administration in institutional policy development; announcement review; and management of specialized programs, e.g. clinical trials, program/center grants.


Topics may include: cost accounting; auditing; OMB and Uniform Guidance requirements for universities, hospitals, and private sector; matching funds issues/cost sharing; financial conflict of interest issues; facilities and administration (F&A) costs; procurement and purchasing; salaries, compensation, honoraria; and travel allocability and allowability; and working with sponsoring agencies on project management.


Topics may include: Federal agency updates; agency‐specific programs and rules; and updates and initiatives from partner organizations such as COGR, FDP, etc.

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