Frequently Asked Questions


Which certificates are offered at this year’s 2024 SRAI Annual Meeting? 

The three (3) certificates that will be offered in their entirety at the 2024 SRAI Annual Meeting are:

  • Financial (FM)
  • Practice of Research Administration and Management (PRAM)
  • Research Law (RL)

Check out the Certificates page for more information. 

Do I need to sign up for a workshop in advance? What is the charge for a workshop? 

Workshops are optional pre-conference events that need extra signup in advance. There are full-day and half-day workshops that take place on Saturday and Sunday before the conference. Pricing information can be found on our Registration page

Where could I find more information about the workshops and the concurrent sessions?

The complete program of the 2024 SRAI Annual Meeting is posted on the Education page.

Do I need to sign up in advance for the concurrent sessions?

The concurrent sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are part of the conference registration rate. You don't need to select sessions in advance. For the complete program, please visit our Education page

Is there a difference between Tracks and Certificates?

Tracks are designed to develop the content in a way that assures value-added opportunities for attendees. Tracks represent major subjects and issues in research administration. 

The SRAI Certificate Program offers comprehensive training in specific areas of research administration. The three (3) certificates that will be offered in their entirety at the 2024 SRAI Annual Meeting are:

  • Financial Management (FM)
  • Practice of Research Administration and Management (PRAM)
  • Research Law (RL)
Check out the Certificates page for more information. 

Exhibit Hall

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

The Exhibit Hall will be open the following days and times: 

  • Monday, October 28
    •  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    •  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  Tuesday, October 29
    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am for Rise n' Shine with Exhibitors
    • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    •  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee and tea will be available in the Exhibit Hall when open. Stay tuned for a full list of this year's exhibitors. 

Are there other ways for me to connect with exhibitors? 

We know you might not be able to get all of your questions answered during exhibit hall hours, so don't hesitate to contact any of this year's exhibitors through the mobile app (coming in September). 

General Info

What are the conference dates? 

This year's conference is scheduled to take place Monday, October 28 - Wednesday, October 30, with optional pre-conference workshops taking place Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, October 27.

Where will the conference program take place? 

The conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Locations for all events not being held at the main conference hotel will be noted in the Schedule-at-a-Glance

What is the dress code? 

We want you to be comfortable so you can enjoy your meeting experience! Therefore, business casual dress is strongly encouraged. We suggest bringing a lighter sweater or jacket with you during the day as the conference rooms are air-conditioned.  

Is there an app for the event? 

The SRAI mobile app will be available for download closer to the event. We advise you to download the event app in advance, so you can put your own schedule together and download session presentations. 

What is the best way to stay tuned to news about the conference? 

The main conference website is updated on a constant basis and we are sending email updates as well. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more details. 


What hotels have been reserved? 

This year the main conference hotel is the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent MilePlease refer to the Hotel Page for more information, rates and how to book your room. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Atkison at

Can I make my hotel reservations now?

The Annual Meeting room block is now open. You can find all information on the Hotel and Travel page. Please note that meeting registration and hotel reservations are separate from each other. SRA International is not responsible for hotel reservations.

What is the conference room rate?

SRA International has secured a block of rooms starting at $279 USD + tax/night.

How and when to cancel my room?

We are sorry that you won't be joining us. You must cancel your room reservation 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival to the hotel to receive a refund. Your room reservation and meeting registration are separate from each other. Canceling your meeting registration does NOT cancel your room reservation and vice versa.


When will registration close? What are the registration rates?

You can register throughout October, with online registration closing October 25. Click here to register. 

What does my registration fee include?

Full Meeting registration rate includes access to all learning activities Monday-Wednesday, the Opening Reception, Sips N' Social and the Exhibit Hall. Registered attendees will also receive access to all available session handouts online and the participant list. Meals included are: food and beverage at the Opening Reception, Sips N' Social, tea and coffee, and lunch Monday and Tuesday. Lunch is included on Saturday and Sunday for workshop attendees participating in full-day or two half-day workshops on the same day. 

I am not a member of SRAI but my coworker is and cannot attend. Can I use their membership to register at the member rate? 

Membership for SRAI is individual and nontransferable to others. However, research professionals registering for the meeting as a nonmember will receive a complimentary one-year membership for SRA International! For more information on SRA International membership please see the Membership page

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

A confirmation of your registration will be sent to you via email immediately upon registering online or via phone. The confirmation will come from the email address, so please add this address to your "safe list." For registrations made by check, please allow two weeks for processing; confirmation of registration will be sent via email upon processing. If you do not receive confirmation after 30 days, please do not hesitate to contact our registration department at +1 (703) 741-0140 ext. 222 or at

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my registration?

We are sorry that you won't be able to join us for this exceptional learning and networking experience! However, we understand that things happen. Written requests for registration refunds must be postmarked on or before September 27, 2024. Cancellations submitted on or before September 27, 2024, less a $75 meeting cancellation fee and a $25 cancellation fee per workshop. If you paid membership dues while registering, these will not be refunded; only the actual registration fees will be refunded less the cancellation fee(s). No refunds will be made after September 27, 2024. Refunds are not given for no-shows. Registration substitutions from the same institution are accepted; membership substitutions are NOT accepted. All fees will be reimbursed if the program is cancelled. In the case of a cancellation, you will be notified by SRAI from

I am an international attendee. Do I need a visa to come to the meeting?

For more information about invitation letters please visit the Visa Information page.

My question is not answered here! Who should I contact?

We're sorry that we could not anticipate your needs. Please email us at so we can assist you!

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