Professional organizations sponsor training opportunities for departmental support personnel. Their websites also offer publications and DVD's on various subjects within the sponsored program administration content area. Regional and annual meetings are offered by each of these groups.
The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) serves its members and advances the field of research administration through professional development, the sharing of knowledge and by fostering community. Their Resources page offers up-to-date information for research administrators. NCURA training courses offer the fundamentals and a good overview of the field of research administration.
The Society of Research Administrators International (SRA) is dedicated to the education and the professional development of research administrators, as well as the enhancement of public understanding of the importance of research and its administration. Research Administration training is also offered at regional and annual conferences scheduled throughout the year. Marcia Trudgen, Business Manager of ISER, is active in this organization.
The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) is a cooperative initiative among federal agencies and institutional recipients of federal funds. It was established to increase research productivity by streamlining the administrative process and minimizing the administrative burden on principal investigators while maintaining effective stewardship of federal funds. NSF serves as the official host of participating agency documents relating to the FDP. It is a unique forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise.
The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) is an association of research universities. Its Washington office is located in the District of Columbia. COGR's primary function is to provide advice and information to its membership and to make certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on colleges and universities. COGR helps to develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in research and graduate education.