Certified Research Administrator Exam Review

CRA Review

A CRA designation demonstrates a broad knowledge of all aspects of research administration including, but not limited to, project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, financial management, and general management of sponsored research.

  • Professional recognition
  • On-going professional development
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Demonstration of expertise
  • Increased credibility
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Service as a professional role model and mentor

Fall 2018 Testing Window
November 3-17

Application Deadline
October 1


Qualifications/Eligibility (Meet 1 of 3 criteria)

  • Bachelor's degree plus three (3) years of professional experience in research or sponsored programs administration.
  • An Associate’s Degree and five (5) years of professional experience in research or sponsored programs administration.
  • No Degree and six (6) years of professional experience in the sponsored programs/research administration. Petitions for approval of this option are available on the RACC homepage.

Research Administrators Certification Council

  • Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)
    An association of leading research universities, affiliated medical centers and independent research institutes associated with managing federal research grants and contracts within research institutions
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)
    a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 154 institutional recipients of federal funds convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Its purpose is to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts.
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
    Professional organization with two core goals: creating a strong and vibrant community of ethics-minded research administration and oversight personnel, and providing educational and professional development opportunities that give that community the ongoing knowledge, support, and interaction it needs to raise the bar of research administration and oversight above regulatory compliance.
  • Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA)
    A body created within PRIM&R as a professional community for institutional review board (IRB) and institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) members, administrators and others interested in and concerned with applied research ethics
  • The National Academies
    Comprises the National Academy of Science, National Academy of
    Engineering and National Academy of Medicine. These private, nonprofit institutions that work together to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex
    problems and inform public policy decisions.
  • Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR)
    Dedicated to coordinating financial assistance to effectively deliver, oversee, and report on grants and cooperative agreements, as well as sharing with executive departments and agencies best practices and innovative ideas for transforming the delivery of grant assistance.




September 10

Project Development & Administration, Part 1
Funding, Proposal Development and Administration

September 17

Project Development & Administration, Part 2
Ethics, Professionalism, Intellectual Property, and Electronic Research Administration

September 24

Legal Requirements & Sponsor Interface, Part 1
Regulations, Compliance, Appeals Process

October 1

Legal Requirements & Sponsor Interface, Part 2
Institutional Committees – IRB, IACUC and other

October 8

Financial Management

October 15

General Management

October 22

Practice test

October 29

CRA Panel Discussion
Open topics/questions/tips with current CRAs