Professional Organizations
National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
NCURA, founded in 1959, is an organization of individuals with professional interests in the administration of sponsored programs (research, education and training), primarily at colleges and universities, with a common desire to:
  • Promote the development of more effective policies and procedures relative to the administration of sponsored programs to assure the achievement of the maximum potential in academic programs.
  • Provide a forum through national and regional meetings for the discussion and exchange of information and experiences related to sponsored programs in colleges and universities.
  • Provide for the dissemination of current information and exchange of views on mutual concerns.
  • Promote the development of college and university research administration and the administration of other sponsored programs as a professional field, and to stimulate the personal growth of the members of the Council.
NCURA serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.  
Vanderbilt continues to maintain a strong presence in NCURA, for more information on how to get involved, please visit:
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Society of Research Administrators (SRA)
The Society of Research Administrators International is dedicated to the education and professional development of research administrators working in varied organizational settings as well as the advancement of research administration as a profession around the world.

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Falls Church, VA, the society has approximately 4,000 members who work in research administration at hospitals, universities, nonprofits and at the federal government. Most of the membership is U.S. based research administrators; however, approximately 5 percent of the members are from abroad. The society holds one annual conference for research administrators each year and two regional section meetings are also offered, along with approximately a dozen chapter meetings.

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