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 that can be found here:


Research Administrator’s Quarterly Meeting

Community forums that bring together members of the research administration community to share knowledge and discuss issues in research administration,new policies and procedures, and best practices. Meetings are open to all NEU Research Administrators.


ORAF is excited to launch a new training opportunity for College/Departmental/Laboratory staff involved in supporting the University’s research enterprise. The NU ERA program is designed to provide a basic understanding of research administration here at Northeastern University. Topics include the following:

  • Find Opportunities and Prepare Proposals
  • Review and Submission
  • Awards Receipt and Negotiation
  • Award Setup and Administration


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.



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.