2017 Southern/Midwest Section Meeting

Program

Call for Proposal | Keynote | Certificates | Certificate Tracking Booklet | Tracks | Round Tables | Learning Cafes


Keynote Speaker

Erin Koshut | Director, Cummings Research Park (CRP) | Huntsville, Alabama 

Erin Koshut is the Director of Cummings Research Park (CRP) in Huntsville, Alabama. With 300 companies situated over more than 3,800 acres and employing 29,000 employees, CRP is the second largest research park in the US and the fourth largest in the world. Erin is responsible for managing and marketing CRP and for providing a business environment that is conducive to growing existing industry and recruiting new industry into the Park. In her role as CRP Director, Erin is leading a comprehensive master planning effort to ensure another 50 successful years for CRP. Working with stakeholders and community partners, Erin is working to transform the culture in the Park and create a vibrant environment where employees can connect, work, live, learn, and play. Erin recently shepherded a rebranding of the Park, rolling out a new CRP brand and messaging across communication platforms, partners and CRP companies.  


Certificates

The Society of Research Administrators International maintains 12 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.

The three certificates that will be offered in full at the 2017 Southern/Midwest Section Meeting in Nashville, TN are:

  • Clinical Trials Research Administration 101 & 201* (CTRA 101 & 201) - The Clinical Trials Research Administration ("CTRA") series delivers intensive training sessions specifically designed to provide an understanding of the critical elements of successful administration of a clinical trials research program. The program currently has two levels of progressively complex training that must be taken in succession, CTRA 101 then CTRA 201.  Each level introduces the student to a curriculum presenting the body of knowledge required to perform as an accomplished clinical trials research administrator. Satisfying the requirements of the CTRA 101 certificate, or testing out of the CTRA 101 certificate via an advanced placement test, is required prior to taking CTRA 201. Testing out of CTRA 101 will not provide the member with a CTRA 101 certificate. The CTRA series examines issues relevant to both National Institutes of Health-sponsored and industry-sponsored clinical trials. Much of the material is explored through case studies. Elements of the curriculum include protocol review, recruitment, negotiation of agreements, development and negotiation of budgets, compliance, billing, international studies, and risk management and analysis. These elements, along with other relevant issues, will be presented in a combination of one full-day workshop and four sessions for each program.

    • CTRA 101 - One (1) full-day workshop and four (4) concurrent sessions (two (2) required sessions; two (2) elective sessions)
    • CTRA 201* - One (1) full-day workshop and four (4) concurrent sessions (two (2) required sessions; two (2) elective sessions)

*To enroll in CTRA 201 please contact Dilyana Williams at dwilliams@srainternational.org to verify you have previously taken CTRA 101 or to request the CTRA 101 advanced placement test (test requires a $30 administrative fee.)

  • Pre-Award (PA) - The best preparation for a successful funding decision is the solid planning and preparation on the variety of issues needed to submit a high quality competitive proposal.  The work of pre-award research administrators prepares the way for successful implementation of the funded project.  The Pre-Award Certificate provides instruction in the broad scope of responsibility for research administrators who work with investigators to plan, develop, and prepare grant proposals for submission, and who trouble-shoot with various agency personnel, institutional administrators, and investigators to ensure all issues are clarified before an award is made.  The program features workshops and sessions on finding and disseminating funding opportunity information, proposal development and submission, budget preparation, award review and acceptance, post-submission communications, the responsible and ethical conduct of research, eRA systems, and other relevant topics.

    • Two (2) half-day workshops and five (5) concurrent sessions (four (4) required sessions; one (1) elective session)

Certificate program course credit is earned and awarded only if full SRAI membership is in effect at the time the course is taken. In other words, only full members may receive credit for taking certificate program workshops and sessions. Affiliate members, nonmembers and those with lapsed membership will not receive educational credit for any certificate program sessions or workshops taken during this time. SRAI members have up to three years to complete the courses from a specific certificate program requirement, allowing you greater flexibility to manage time, travel and budget constraints.


Certificate Tracking Booklet

The tracking booklet allows members to easily record their progress. Pick up a Certificate Tracking Booklet at registration and obtain a sticker at the conclusion of each workshop or session. Once all coursework has been completed turn in your documentation to Registration at the meeting or email it to srameetings@srainternational.org to receive your certificate of completion. If you attended a workshop or session at a previous SRAI meeting, list the meeting on the line next to the course. SRAI staff will verify your attendance at previous meetings. 


Tracks

  • Professional Development (PD) - This track hosts workshops and sessions geared towards: continuing education commitment; building on personal growth and development; leadership; quality of life development; self-assessment; supervisor/staff relations; industrial/workplace psychology; emerging role of research administrators within the culture of research.

  • Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries (SP) - This track relates to the development and delivery of sponsored programs. Topics may include: 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.

  • Management & Operations (MO) - The Management and Operations Track focuses on: 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.

  • Sponsors & Agencies (SA) - Covers: 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.

  • Research Ethics and Compliance (RE) - Applies to attendees involved or interested in issues such as: 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.

  • Clinical Research (CR)


Round Tables

Everyone is invited to attend this breakfast where you can sit and chat with knowledgeable SRA International veterans on a myriad of topics. Find a table topic and enjoy  your breakfast with like-minded content experts. Strike up a conversation with other attendees and exchange relevant information. It is a perfect opportunity to build your network, so be sure to bring your business cards. And do not miss seeing how you could get involved with your local Chapter and meet some of the Chapter leadership at  this great opportunity.

Schedule coming soon!


Learning Cafes

The Learning Cafés offer a venue for attendees to exchange ideas, ask questions, share solutions and “continue the conversation” about topics in research administration. Learning Cafés are being held in a comfortable round table setting. Attendees can choose to participate for the entire session or join the group at any time. Come and get inspired (or inspire others) with new ideas, engage with other attendees on hot topics and learn of innovative solutions to challenges in research administration!

Schedule coming soon!


Call for Proposals

Submit a Speaking Proposal - now closed


The Society of Research Administrators International is currently looking for informed subject experts to speak at the 2017 Southern/Midwest Section Meeting at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville. We are seeking speakers who can contribute new insights and/or practices. New and previous speakers are welcomed!

Speaking at an SRA International Section Meeting provides you with an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and learning experiences, increase your exposure, and network with other Research Administrators and Research Managers from around the world!


Information for the Speaker

  • How to submit a speaking proposal?
    • Click on "Submit A Speaking Proposal". You are going to be transferred to an external website.
    • Fill out the online form with all of the required information
    • Click the submit button to finalize your submission
    • Once submitted, you cannot edit your submission(s). If you want to make any changes before Friday, November 11, 2016, please send an email to Dilyana Williams.
  • What are my responsibilities?
    • Before you start with the online submission process, please review the Submission Guidelines, SRA International Speaker Guidelines, Format Descriptions, and Track Descriptions.
    • Complete the online speaking proposal submission to conduct a workshop and/or concurrent.
    • Once your proposal is accepted, you will be required to sign and agree to the Submission Guidelines.
    • Update your proposal if needed, add co-speakers and any AV requirements no later than Friday, November 11, 2016, Midnight, EST.
    • Provide a PowerPoint presentation by the deadline. Headquarters to print and distribute workshop handouts to registered attendees and post handouts online for concurrent sessions. 
  •  Which certificates are offered in full at the 2017 Southern/Midwest Section Meeting?

Clinical Trials Research Administration (CTRA) 101

The Clinical Trials Research Administration ("CTRA") series delivers intensive training sessions specifically designed to provide an understanding of the critical elements of successful administration of a clinical trials research program. The program currently has two levels of progressively complex training that must be taken in succession, CTRA 101 then CTRA 201.  Each level introduces the student to a curriculum presenting the body of knowledge required to perform as an accomplished clinical trials research administrator. Satisfying the requirements of the CTRA 101 certificate, or testing out of the CTRA 101 certificate via an advanced placement test, is required prior to taking CTRA 201. Testing out of CTRA 101 will not provide the member with a CTRA 101 certificate.

The CTRA series examines issues relevant to both National Institutes of Health-sponsored and industry-sponsored clinical trials. Much of the material is explored through case studies. Elements of the curriculum include protocol review, recruitment, negotiation of agreements, development and negotiation of budgets, compliance, billing, international studies, and risk management and analysis. These elements, along with other relevant issues, will be presented in a combination of one full-day workshop and four sessions for each program.

One (1) full-day workshop and four (4) concurrent sessions (two (2) required sessions; two (2) elective sessions)

Practice of Research Administration and Management (PRAM)

The PRAM certificate focuses on the supervision and organization of research activities from an organization management perspective. The core content for the certificate emphasizes: leadership development, research administration staffing and management, research and faculty development, innovation and economic development, and integrity and stewardship.

The certificate includes content that is relevant for research managers who are generally at a Director or higher-level within an organization and covers the broad range of activities comprising research operations.

One (1) workshop and eight (8) concurrent sessions (must take one (1) session from each of five (5) required categories and three (3) elective sessions in any category)

Pre-Award

The best preparation for a successful funding decision is the solid planning and preparation on the variety of issues needed to submit a high quality competitive proposal.  The work of pre-award research administrators prepares the way for successful implementation of the funded project.  The Pre-Award Certificate provides instruction in the broad scope of responsibility for research administrators who work with investigators to plan, develop, and prepare grant proposals for submission, and who trouble-shoot with various agency personnel, institutional administrators, and investigators to ensure all issues are clarified before an award is made.  The program features workshops and sessions on finding and disseminating funding opportunity information, proposal development and submission, budget preparation, award review and acceptance, post-submission communications, the responsible and ethical conduct of research, eRA systems, and other relevant topics.

Two (2) half-day workshops and five (5) concurrent sessions (four (4) required sessions; one (1) elective session)

  • How long are the presentations? You could choose between 75-minute concurrent sessions, half- and full-day workshops (held on Saturday and Sunday before the conference). For more detailed information on formats please review the Format Descriptions page.
     
  • Which tracks are going to be offered at the 2017 Southern/Midwest Section MeetingThere are six (6) tracks that are offered at the section meeting. For full description please review the Track Descriptions page.
    • Professional Development (PD)
    • Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries (SP)
    • Management & Operations (MO)
    • Sponsors & Agencies (SA)
    • Research Ethics and Compliance (RE)
    • Clinical Research (CR)
  • How many proposals can I submit? There is no limit on the number of proposals you may submit, however a speaker cannot present in more than 1 workshop and 2 concurrent sessions.
     
  • When will I hear about whether my proposal was accepted? The proposals are going to be reviewed November-December 2016. Notifications will be sent in January 2017
     
  • Can I make changes to my proposal once I have submitted it? Yes. Speakers can edit by sending email to Dilyana Williams by the end of the proposal deadline Friday, November 11, 2016, Midnight, EST.
     
  • Important Dates
    • Deadline for submission: Friday, November 11, 2016, Midnight, EST.
    • November-December 2016: Proposals reviewed by the Annual Meeting Programming Committee
    • January 2017: Speakers notified about their proposal status. Speakers whose presentations were accepted will have an opportunity to edit submission, including information related to speakers, learning objectives, AV requirements, etc.
    • Monday, February 27, 2017: Speaker Confirmations due
    • Monday, March 13, 2017: Presentations due (concurrent sessions ongoing posted online)
  • What does SRA International provide?
    • SRA International will support the speakers with any questions in regard to the program and the logistics.
    • SRA International will advertise the program, track all program attendance and provide all program registrants with a confirmation e-mail. SRA International will also help respond to e-mail and telephone inquiries about the program.
    • SRA International will provide all registrants with continuing education credit hours.
    • SRA International will handle all technical aspects of the Annual Meeting. The rooms are going to be equipped with LCD projectors and possible AV requirements per the speaker's request (flip chart and markers, Internet, etc.). 
    • SRA International is a volunteer organization. No reimbursement or stipends are being offered.

New presenter? If you have a presentation idea you'd like to discuss, or are interested in finding a collaborator to work with, you can contact Gloria Greene (greeneg@uah.edu), Southern Section President, or Heather Kraus (hlkraus@umich.edu), Midwest Section President, for assistance.