As Northeastern University has grown to become one of the world’s leading private research universities, so too has the need to provide training and support to those involved in the field of research administration. The Office of Research Administration & Finance (ORAF) is committed to providing the knowledge, tools, and guidance necessary for the University research administration community to successfully carry out their sponsor endeavors.

In doing so, we are pleased to offer the following programs:

Research Matters

Monthly discussions about research administration topics….These meetings are open to the entire research community. Please see the schedule



Research Administrator’s Quarterly Meeting

These community forums typically convene quarterly throughout the year. The purpose is to bring together members of the research administration community to share knowledge and discuss issues in research administration, discuss new policies and procedures, and best practices. These meetings are open to all NEU Research Administrators. Leadership is rotated by college.




Coming Fall 2015:

NU ERA is a comprehensive training program developed to meet the needs of today’s evolving research environment. The program is designed to help research administrators build competencies and increase knowledge in sponsored research administration with the overall goal of improving overall efficiency and effectiveness of project administration.

Using a hybrid online and in-person instructional platform, the curriculum provides a solid foundation in research administration. Participants can expect to explore the fundamental principles underlying research administration through such topics such as proposal development, award management, compliance issues, audit concerns, and more. Upon completion participants will earn a Certificate of Completion.



STRIVE for CRA Success

STRIVE for CRA Success is a guided self-study program designed to assist research administrators in preparing for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam.  It is open to anyone interested in taking the exam, as well as existing CRAs who are interested in earning continuation education credits toward re-certification, and sharing their expertise with the group.



ORAF Mentoring

The ORAF Mentoring program is designed to support research administrators in professional development by creating one-on-one opportunities to receive guidance from Senior Grant Officers, who are experienced professionals, committed to sharing their expertise with emerging research administrators at the University.