SRA International’s monthly newsletter is your gateway to what is trending in research administration.  The Catalyst features insights from the top professionals in research management as well as keeping you up-to-date on the unbeatable educational offerings from SRA International.


by SRA International on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

“WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2016) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $44.4 million in funding for 21 new patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies.... Read more

Tagged with: Funding Opportunities, PCORI

by SRA International on Monday, April 25, 2016

We're happy to announce the first winner of the SRA International Strategic Plan Survey drawing!... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys

by SRA International on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Society of Research Administrators International is proud to announce that the 2016 Award Nomination process is now open! The nominator must be a current member of SRA International (exceptions apply), and may only submit one nominee for each award. For the Excellence Award, a nominator may only submit one nominee for each category. Deadline: May 9... Read more

by SRA International on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Don’t miss the NEW 2016 Annual Meeting website with information about hotel reservations, exhibit & sponsor opportunities, education and much more! Register Today! for the 49th SRAI Annual Meeting in San Antonio and join fellow research management professionals. The Annual Meeting features a full slate of industry, government and subject matter expert speakers, as well as the prestigious Senior Executive Institute, focused specifically on the needs of high level decision-makers.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by SRA International on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications. As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access repository for funding agencies beyond the..... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by Andrew G. Conkovich on Monday, March 21, 2016

Many research studies require the principal investigator to utilize outside resources; i.e. medical imaging, lab testing, etc. The involvement of outside entities can lead to significant billing compliance issues including violation of the Federal false claims act and can result in residual funds in the research budget. Inappropriate billing will lead to significant compliance issues for the research study as well as the outside entity. Mishandling of residual funds associated with Fede..... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by Domenica Pappas on Monday, March 21, 2016

Portland is only 2 months away! The Western and Midwest Section meeting will be held May 15 - May 18, 2016 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. We sincerely hope you can join us and take this opportunity to get involved in SRA International! Reminder: Early bird registration ends on April 7! To register, find out how to reserve your hotel, and other details go to the SRA Portland Meeting Website.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by Kathleen Benoit on Monday, March 21, 2016

Contract contradictions in terms within an agreement can change the meaning of what is allowable and what is not. Reviewing contracts can be a tedious task; terms and conditions may vary section by section. Finding these contradicting contract terms and how to best deal and negotiate can be a tricky terrain to traverse (say that three times fast). We will explore three common contract contradictions, how to spot them, and offer a few suggestions on how to handle them.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Intellectual Property

by SRA International on Monday, March 21, 2016

Don’t miss out on attending one of the Society of Research Administrator International’s (SRAI) upcoming outstanding learning opportunities in Boston in April 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor! Which trainings are offered in Boston, Massachusetts? SRAI is offering three (3) intensive training programs that run concurrently over two (2) days (April 28-29, 2016).... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Professional Development

by SRA International on Monday, March 21, 2016

Two members of the SSRI Grants Team traveled to New York City for a regional meeting of the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International. The meeting was aptly themed “Come Learn with SRA under the Bright Lights of Broadway!” Florence and Exum-Coston were able to complete the final requirements in the Certificate’s curriculum while networking with colleagues from other institutions; the kind of in-person professional development that Florence and Exum-Coston both find rewarding.... Read more

Tagged with: Northeast Section, Professional Development, Southern Section