NCURA Departmental Research Administration Workshop

NCURA offers a workshop geared specifically for the departmental administrator, the Departmental Research Administration Workshop (DRA). Administrators who work at the department and college level have unique challenges. Like central offices, we must have the knowledge of pre- and post-award functions. What distinguishes the departmental research administrator from other research support functions is being intimately involved with all facets of the administration process, daily interaction with faculty, as well as other departmental-specific responsibilities.

This two and one-half day program examines the foundations of research administration in the context of departmental administration – the transactional level. The program will concentrate on applying best practices to a department administrator’s day-to-day activities. Topics included are:

  • The unique role of the department research administrator
  • Discussion of OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, and A-133
  • Tools for successful department administration
  • Pre-Award administration
  • Management of the award
  • Compliance issues
  • Close-outs
  • Audit


The DRA workshop is taught by department administrators who will share their real-life experiences. Central administrators will also contribute by explaining regulations and how actions taken to enforce policies and procedures may affect the livelihood and reputation of your institution.

What Participants Can Expect

After completing the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand the role of the department research administrator and how it impacts other offices/departments
  • Describe best practices of applying the OMB Circular regulations to day-to-day transactions
  • More effectively administer sponsored awards from cradle to grave
  • Explain actions taken during the pre-award process that impact effective award management.
  • Recognize ongoing concerns from both central and a departmental administrator’s point of view during award management