SRA International Award Winners

by SRA International on Monday, September 12, 2016

SRA International acknowledges individuals who inspire others and serve as a model for the profession of research administration. Award winners will be acknowledged On Tuesday, October 25 from 7:45 am – 9:15 am in the General Session Ballroom during the 2016 SRA International Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Newly Inducted Distinguished Faculty

SRA International Distinguished Faculty members serve the Society as expert consultants or speakers to present professional workshops, educational courses and professional development programs for SRA International, Regional, Chapter, or other special programs and events. They may also serve universities, hospitals, not-for-profit research organizations, industry, and government research laboratories in many capacities. These include, but are not limited to, "faculty" to instruct for-credit educational courses or programs; consultants to conduct external, periodic and professional reviews of research administration organization, capacity and processes; and mentors to individual members or institutional units.

Ira Goodman, MPA, CRA, Associate Director for Administration, University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, USA

In his current position, Mr. Goodman serves as the Associate Director for Administration for the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center.  Ira has worked in various research administration roles for over 17 years. Ira is not only an outstanding research administration professional, but he is also an excellent mentor, teacher and colleague. Ira has the expertise and knowledge to provide consulting to other organizations, present professional workshops and educational and professional development programs. He can also conduct external periodic and professional reviews of research administration capacity and processes within organizations.

Timothy Linker, MS, CRA, Director, Office of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs, High Point University, USA

Timothy (Tim) Linker has 12 years of experience in sponsored research administration, government operations, university administration and contracting. Currently, Tim holds the esteemed position of Director for the Office of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs at High Point University.  Currently, Tim serves as Editor-in-Chief of the SRA Journal of Research Administration where he strives to continue to expand the Journal’s breadth and depth of expertise. In addition to being the editor for the SRA Journal of Research Administration, he is also the President Elect for the North Carolina Chapter. Tim is a loyal supporter of SRAI, its programs and events.

Tony Onofrietti, MS, CRSS, Director, Research Education, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Utah, USA

As Director of Research Education, Tony Onofrietti is responsible for supporting the educational mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research for the University of Utah and its related constituencies. Tony developed the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) offered at the University of Utah which provides education to faculty, staff and students. Tony is known for being an engaging speaker and has presented at many SRA International conferences over the years. In addition to being an excellent presenter for SRAI meetings, Tony is also the President-Elect for the Western Section.

2015 Outstanding Concurrent Session Award

The Outstanding Concurrent Session Award recognizes the best concurrent sessions presented at the 2015 SRA Annual Meeting, held in Las Vegas. This is a “people’s choice” award based on the 2015 Annual Meeting session evaluation results.


William C. Helmrath, Grants and Contracts Coordinator,
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, USA




Chad Restrick, Research Service Manager,
Johns Hopkins University, USA



This award is given for their concurrent session Working with DARPA: From Application Submission to Award Management that was presented at last year’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. 

The Herbert B. Chermside Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration

The Herbert H. Chermside award is given to showcase distinguished contributions in the development of research administration as a profession. The contributions may be in the form of publications in management and research administration journals; speeches concerning research administration before major organizations; service on committees or agencies which have had a direct and positive impact upon research administration, or any other activity which has contributed to the development of research administration as a profession. Nominations for the award are solicited from leaders in colleges and universities, industry, government and the SRA International membership. Nominee must have been involved in research administration for at least 15 years.

Patricia D. Buennemeyer, CRA, Director, Emeritus, Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance, James Madison University, USA

With over 38 years of leadership experience in research administration, Patricia (Pat) Buennemeyer is well known at the national level and actively involved in professional activities for improving institutional research capacity. Pat Initiated the Office of Sponsored Programs at James Madison University. As the director of sponsored programs, she directed the process of obtaining external funding to support the faculty investigator’s creative and scholarly activities. She worked closely with the faculty to establish a program continually building on prior accomplishments. The activities of JMU’s Sponsored Programs office have been cited in articles in publications such as University Business and the Federal Grants and Contracts Management Handbook. Pat has been a very active member of SRA International, serving as the President of the Southern Section and President of the Virginia Chapter of SRAI. Pat is a frequent invited presenter at state, section and national conferences, i.e., SRA International and Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).

Hartford-Nicholsen Award

Named in honor of the Society’s first two presidents, Ken Hartford and Richard Nicholsen, the Hartford-Nicholsen Award was established to recognize SRA International members who have contributed their professional expertise and volunteered services over the years which have benefited the entire Society.

Martha F. Stephens, CRA, Proposal Development Specialist, The University of Oklahoma, USA

In her current position, Ms. Martha (Fran) Stephens serves as the Proposal Development Specialist for the University of Oklahoma. Fran is responsible for working with faculty, staff, and graduate students in developing, preparing, editing, budgeting, obtaining internal approval and submitting proposals. Fran assists all disciplines to procure outside funding for University research, training and creative activities. Fran provides guidance in preparing budgets and assists with government forms, certifications and assurances. She also ensures required University authorizations for cost-sharing and approval for human subjects, DNA, radioactive and toxic substances and animal use have been obtained as needed.

Excellence Award – Advanced Level

The Excellence Award was established in 1977 in honor of the Society’s 10th anniversary. The award recognizes SRA members, organized by level of experience: newcomers, mid-career and advanced, who have excelled in meeting SRA’s purpose of expanding the knowledge and tools of research administration.

Jennie L. Amison, Director, Sponsored Research Development, San Diego State University Research Foundation, USA

Jennie Amison has over 30 years of experience in research administration, with a focus on pre-award responsibilities. For the past 7 years, Jennie has served as the Director of Sponsored Research Development for San Diego State University Research Foundation. Jennie has substantial leadership and management experience in sponsored research administration in a public university setting. She has experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives to improve and enhance sponsored programs services to both internal and external constituents. Jennie has management skills in leading a diverse group of professionals in a multi-functional, dynamic, fast paced, technology-enriched and ever-changing environment.

Technology Innovation and Application Award

The Technology Innovation and Application Award was created in 2010 to showcase an individual or organization whose use of technology has promoted or advanced research administration.

John S. Rogers, Director, Research Information Systems, Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Alabama at Huntsville, USA

John S. Rogers is the director of Research Information Systems for the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. John developed the “Electronic Research Administration” (ERA) system as an in-house developed software package at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The ERA system tracks the institution’s sponsored research pre-award and post-award administrative information. It utilizes a web-based user interface as a front-end to a Microsoft SQL Server (MSQL) database, and a linked Microsoft Access database to produce a multitude of output reports. As a web-based technology, it is accessible from anywhere on campus, at home or around the world.

John Robinson Travel Award

The John Robinson Travel Award provides funding for an early-career (five years or less in the profession) SRA International member to speak at the SRA International Annual Meeting. Through this program, SRA wishes to acknowledge an endowment from John Robinson to honor his contributions to SRA by encouraging and increasing the active participation of current SRA members in the conference. The SRA International Annual Meeting provides opportunities for professional development and networking, while the Robinson Travel Award will expand the involvement of members in the conference agenda.

Javier Arévalo, PhD, Senior Advisor in Research Funding, University of Helsinki, Finland

Javier Arévalo serves as the Senior Research Advisor in Research Funding for the University of Helsinki. As Senior Research Advisor, Javier supports researchers in the Life Sciences domain with large applications for international funders including EU (Horizon 2020, LIFE, ERANET) and non-EU funders (Nordforsk, NIH-USA). Javier will also be presenting a session at SRA International’s upcoming annual meeting on Monday, October 24 entitled, European Research Council Gone Global: What Do They Mean with Excellence?

Rod Rose Award

The Rod Rose Award is presented annually to the authors of the article judged by the Associate Editors as the most outstanding contribution to that year’s volume of The Journal of Research Administration.


Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Strategic Alliances,
Global Academic Relations, Elsevier, USA




Stacey C. Tobin, PhD, Biomedical Writer and Editor,
The Tobin Touch, Inc., USA



This award is given for their article, How Do I Review Thee? Let Me Count the Ways: A Comparison of Research Grant Proposal Review Criteria Across US Federal Funding Agencies.