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Our Annual Meeting is heading to New Orleans! Join us during the month of October for access to a vast slate of workshops, main events, educational tracks and social networking opportunities designed to fit our members' schedules and needs.


Innovative, Engaging, & Inclusive…. the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting has something for everyone! Join the conversation with your peers, recognized experts and industry leaders for five days of valuable, relevant, invigorating professional development, education and networking.

This year, the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting will be held on-site in New Orleans between October 23-27 and offer a wide slate of workshops, main events, educational tracks and social networking opportunities designed to fit your educational needs. Learn more on SRAI COVID-19 Plans on the Annual Meeting FAQ Page

Learn more about the wide variety of educational opportunities this meeting has to offer!



Taught by some of the most innovative, inspiring and creative leaders in the industry, you will keep your skill set competitive and fresh.


World-class experts inspire by sharing unique experiences, knowledge and ideas.

Concurrent Session

60-minute session that could be in the form of presentation, case study, discussion, panel or step-by-step presentation. The majority of concurrent sessions at SRAI meetings have typically fit in this category and form the core of conference offerings. Presenters are encouraged to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, distribute materials and respond to follow-up requests for more information.

Learning Café

An informal gathering of attendees, led by an expert or mentor. The Learning Cafés allow for small groups to interact and “continue the conversation” on many topics already covered in the traditional sessions or workshops. The Learning Café sessions are meant to encourage networking and connect with peers for future interactions after the conference ends.


Each year SRA International has a tradition of publishing contributed papers at its annual meeting, which are designed to enhance and enrich the body of knowledge of research administration and management as an art and science.

(additional fee)

3 ½ or 7 hour deep dives into specific learning topics, led by one or more experts. These are designed to allow participants to more fully explore an area of interest, learn new skills and develop new strategies. Workshops may include more hands-on exercises, discussion groups, and other in-depth experiences. Workshops are offered on Saturday or Sunday only.

Learning Lab

3 ½ hour sessions that are a blend of lecture based instruction, case studies, peer learning and interaction. The Learning Lab gives the opportunity for attendees to explore an area of interest and gain new knowledge. 

Quick Talk 

A Quick Talk is a 20 minute presentation that will be combined with two other similar presentations in one 60-minute session.


Tracks are designed to develop the content in a way that assures value added opportunities for attendees. A secondary aim is to assist attendees to effectively plan their educational time. The tracks represent major subject and issue areas for research administration.

Financial and Post-award Administration: research cost accounting; auditing; OMB requirements for universities, hospitals, private sector; matching funds issues/cost sharing; financial conflict of interest issues; facilities and administration costs; purchasing; salaries, compensation, honoraria; travel allocability and allowability; and working with sponsoring agencies and sub-recipient monitoring.

Management and Operations: delivery of operational services and research and financial compliance programs; facilities management; research infrastructure such as capital programs and building and managing of science and technology parks; human resources and international personnel management; and supporting collaborations with international organizations.

Professional Development: continuing education commitment; building on personal growth and development; leadership; quality of life development; self-assessment; supervisor/staff relations; industrial/workplace psychology; and the emerging role of research administrators within the culture of research.

Research Impact & Communications: Topics include: identifying, measuring, and communicating on the impact and outcomes of research and scholarly activity; bibliometrics; altmetrics; developing community partnerships & engagement; research/science outreach activities; knowledge mobilization; uses of social media for research communications; and global best-practices for maximizing research impact.

Research Ethics and Compliance: human research; animal research; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibility and development; publications; collaborative research ethics; scientific misconduct; standards for the responsible conduct of research; and research ethics education programs, curricula, requirements, and approaches.

Research Law and Regulations: patents; copyrights; intellectual property; technology transfer; undue influence and conflict of interest; Stark, Safe Harbors, Anti Kickback, HIPAA; institutional liability assessment and corrective action planning; FAR/DFAR; OMB Circulars and CFR’s; emerging regulations and statutes; interrelationship of federal, state and local law; international issues; import/export and licensing issues; and data sharing, monitoring, management, and ownership.

Sponsors and Agencies: the nature of “sponsorship”; defining roles and responsibilities between sponsors, grantors, awardees; private sector sponsors: technology, foundations; state sponsorship issues; federal agency updates; new initiatives in research; international agency relations; working with program officer leadership; and sponsoring agency rules.

Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries: how to develop collaborative partnerships with industry, government and non-profit sectors; identifying strategies in developing public-private partnerships; institutional capacity building, including supply-side partnerships; faculty, positioning; effective grant writing techniques; the role of the research administrator in sponsored programs development; diversifying funding sources; communication strategies in sponsored programs development; and organizational and team structures to support successful program development.


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