Breaking Barriers:
Together Towards Tomorrow

Our Annual Meeting is heading to Seattle!
Join us October 14-18 for a great line-up of workshops, keynote speakers, educational tracks that cover every facet of research administration and connect with like-minded professionals from across our global community.

Proposal Submission Form


Submission Deadline: February 21, 2023
Thank you for your interest in submitting a presentation for consideration for the 2023 SRAI Annual Meeting. This year's meeting is taking place in Seattle from October 16-18, with pre-conference workshops occurring October 14-15. 

Please observe the following guidelines when making your submission.

Key Dates:
  • February 21, 2023: Closing date
  • February - April 2023: Proposals reviewed
  • May 2023: Speakers notified
  • July 21, 2023: Speaker confirmations due
  • October 2, 2023: Presentations due
Submission Instructions
Speaker Profile and Biographical Statements
  • Please complete the speaker profile with as much detail as possible.
  • Make sure your email address is correct! If there are any changes to your email address please inform
  • Do not abbreviate titles (Example: Use "Vice President" instead of "VP.")
  • Please do not use periods when listing your professional credentials (JD, PhD, CRA, etc.)
  • Entries should be submitted by the person serving as the primary speaker. Additional speakers should be noted only if they have been confirmed.
  • The program co-chairs and SRA International staff reserve the right to edit speaker biographical and other statements, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style and length.
Presentation Proposals
  • Proposals should contain enough detail to clearly convey the material covered during the session/workshop and the knowledge that the attendee should expect to gain.
  • Use complete sentences. Please do not submit bulleted lists -- such as an outline -- in lieu of a narrative description of the content.
  • Eliminate the use of acronyms on the first reference. Example: Refer to the "National Institutes of Health" on the first reference and as "NIH" on subsequent references.
  • Do not capitalize entire sentences.
  • Adhere to the word or character count limits.
  • The program co-chairs and SRA International staff reserve the right to edit abstracts, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style and length.
Learning Formats
SRA International recognizes that information can be learned in different ways and that many SRAI sessions and workshops are already using diverse formats. For the 2023 SRAI Annual Meeting, SRAI is asking speakers the type of format they intend to use in their presentations so we can improve the design of the program and assist members with personalizing their schedules and learning opportunities.

Workshop: 3 ½ or 7 hour workshops on specific learning topics, led by one or more experts. These are designed to allow participants to more fully explore an area of interest and learn new skills or develop new strategies. Workshops may include more hands-on exercises, discussion groups, and other in-depth experiences. Workshops are only offered on the Monday and Tuesday before the conference.

Deep Dive: 90 minute highly-interactive presentations that develop skills through collaborative learning or a panel that wants to go more in-depth. To submit a proposal under this learning format, you must note what interactive component you will use during your presentation. 

Concurrent Session: 60 minute sessions in one of the following formats
  • Presentation: Designed in a traditional format, aimed at a specific focus in which the audience listens to what the presenter has to say, even though the presenter should encourage audience participation and entertain questions. The majority of concurrent sessions at SRA 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.
  • Discussion: Structured discussions on a key learning topic or challenge. Presenters facilitate and engage attendees in a structured exploratory discussion, encouraging participation from participants.
  • Panel: Sessions that discuss a topic with a selected group of panel members (typically no more than 3-4) with contrasting or complementary points of view. The panel is actively moderated by a chair, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.
  • Case Study: Focused sessions that highlight organizational stories of success, lessons learned, failed initiatives, and best practices. Presenters will share their stories and engage participants in focused dialogues about the implications of these examples for other organizations. These are all up-to-date, honest, under-the-hood explorations of learning innovation and implementation from real experiences.
  • Step-by-Step/"How To": Pragmatic, sessions that provide practical advice and suggested action steps to successfully implement and/or utilize strategies, approaches to and technologies for learning or implementing new policies, regulations, or requirements.
  • Roundtable: An informal gathering of attendees, led by an expert or mentor. Roundtables are discussions meant for networking and an exchange of ideas. 

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 the major subject and topic areas for research administration. For more information and to see all tracks offered at this meeting click here

The Society of Research Administrators International maintains 10 Certificate programs encompassing every aspect of Research Administration – Hospitals, Universities, Nonprofits, and Commercial Institutions. SRA International’s Certificate programs offer comprehensive training specific to today’s educational needs of research administrators. For more information about certificates click here. The three certificates that we intend to offer in full this meeting are: 

  • Leadership
  • Research Law
  • Research Integrity 
Developing/Amending Learning Objectives
  • Learning objectives should be learner-focused and describe to learners exactly what knowledge, skills and/or attitudes they are expected to accomplish or demonstrate by the completion of the session/workshop.
  • Learning objectives should be clear, concise and measurable.
    • EXAMPLE: "Cite three strategies for X", instead of "Increase understanding of X."
    • USE words like:
      • List
      • Calculate
      • Identify
      • Describe
      • Evaluate
      • Analyze
    • AVOID words/phrases like:
      • Learn
      • Appreciate
      • Become familiar with
      • Increase understanding of
      • Demonstrate understanding of
      • Be provided with
  • Identify at least two learning objectives.
  • The program co-chairs reserve the right to add or edit learning objectives, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style, and length.

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