This page highlights external opportunities for Research Administrators to develop professionally and nurture advancement of knowledge.



Professional Organizations and Development for Research Administrators

Georgia Research Administration NeTwork (Link
No cost. This organization offers an annual conference hosted by Georgia universities.
Submit a request to join group in LinkedIn.

National Council of University Research Administrators (Link
Membership requires annual dues.  Scholarships available for conferences. This organization produces regional (Georgia Tech is in Region III) and annual conferences as well as webinars, e-newsletters, and resource libraries.

Society of Research Administrators International (Link
Membership requires annual dues. This organization produces regional and annual conferences as well as webinars, e-newsletters, and resource libraries.

Research Administration Demonstration (RAD) Series (Link
The goal of NYU's RAD is to provide information/knowledge sharing for all research administrators. New research administrators could utilize RAD as part of their new employee onboarding, while veteran research administrators could utilize RAD for their continued learning (or refresher). 


External Listservs for Research Administrators

GA-RESADM Listserv
Hosted by Valdosta State University, GA-RESADM is a listserv for information sharing among University System of Georgia research administrators.
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RESADM-L Listserv
Health Research Incorporated (HRI) provides free access to the Research Administration Discussion List, which allows industry professionals from universities, hospitals, and government and non-profit research labs to share information and field questions for their peers. Focused on research grant administration, the Research Administration Discussion List features such topics as grant funding, grant submission, regulatory compliance, project budgeting, educational opportunities, and technology.
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Certified Research Administrator (CRA)

Are you looking to confirm or expand your knowledge of research administration?

The Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation is proof that an individual has the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator. The certification is good for 5 years and renewable with proof of acceptable continued education. This certification has become recognizable in our field such that most job postings will list it as a preferred or mandatory requirement for consideration.

You must meet specific combinations of education and experience to qualify to apply to sit for the CRA exam. The exam is held during May and November of each year and the current application fee is $395. There is a Body of Knowledge provided as a guide to the content that might be included on the exam and covers the following four areas:

  • Project Development and Administration 30%
  • Legal Requirements and Sponsor Interface 30%
  • Financial Management 25%
  • General Management 15%

CRA Study Sessions Organized by Georgia Tech's Office of Sponsored Programs

Because this can be overwhelming and you may not know where to even begin, the Office of Sponsored Programs offers study sessions on multiple Fridays from 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. leading up to each of the exams. For more information or to register for the CRA Study Sessions, please email us at

All training materials are uploaded to the CRA Study Group MS Team which also offers Q&A discussion between individuals or as a group. If you are unable to attend in person, viewing of the live session is available via Zoom. These study sessions are provided at no cost.

There is an all-day RACC Body of Knowledge Review Session available, please check the link for locations and dates. The review sessions validate what you know and help you identify areas you need to improve your knowledge. There is a $225 registration fee for this session.


Master’s of Research Administration (MRA)

Below are links to a sample of the various institutions who offer an online MRA degree.