- Program Description
- Program of Studies / Mandatory Courses
- Admission and Registration
- Learning Outcomes
- Next Steps
- Additional Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- College Resources
- Program Contact
Research Administration is a complex and interesting field with roles spanning hospitals, universities, colleges and non-profit research organizations. Positions in Research Administration range from research facilitation to clinical trials, research ethics to laboratory/project management and more. Designed to develop effective research administrators, this program provides opportunities to learn new skill and gain understanding of key areas of research administration across industries to help you move forward in your career.
In partnership with the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) (opens in new window), this program is aimed at pre-management research administrators or those planning a career in research administration. Cover core components of research administration – the funding environment, ethics, integrity and governance, funding proposals, project management, financial management, and contracts and reporting. Completion of this program allows you to gain recognition for your existing skills and develop new areas of knowledge and experience.
Led by industry professionals, courses are offered in a flexible, part-time, online and interactive format that may include face-to-face live video conferencing, allowing you to learn in an engaging environment without interrupting your current employment.
Continuing Education students usually complete this program in one to two years.
Courses in this program cost approximately $380 each. Most courses do not require textbooks, but some minor additional learning resources may be required. A CARA Membership (opens in new window) is required at approximately $200 per year.
- Formally acknowledges your competency in research administration.
- Provides opportunities for gaining new skills and knowledge.
- Recognizes prior skills and expertise as well as those directly gained through the program.
- Connects you to experienced mentors to help build your network and gain industry insights.
- Flexible, fully-online program delivery.
- Innovative teaching technologies to enhance interaction with fellow students and faculty.
- Project and problem-based learning elements.
- Collaborate with fellow students on projects.
All students will have the opportunity to identify a Professional Mentor through the Canadian Association of Research Administrators Mentorship Program or their own networks. This could be someone from the student’s own institution or a different institution. The role of the Professional Mentor is to:
- Provide guidance, support and encouragement throughout the program.
- Help build the student's professional network.
Admission and Registration
Prospective students should be aware that this specialized program is tailored towards current and aspiring research administrators
To reserve a spot, email Continuing Education a brief expression of interest, explaining why you want to take the program and include your resume.
Once you've received official acceptance into the program you must become a CARA (opens in new window) member before registering for courses.
Bursary funding may be available. Learn more about Financial Assistance Options for Continuing Education Students.
Dr. Frances Chandler Bursary (Canadian Association of Research Administrators)
This bursary provides an opportunity for CARA to recognize and support the efforts of members who are advancing their knowledge, and the profession, through their participation in this program. It may be used to fund registration fees, CARA membership and books. To apply visit the CARA website (opens in new window) to complete and submit the application. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Explain how research institutions generate and receive funding.
- Analyze research funding trends and issues in a Canadian context.
- Design a system/program that provides effective administrative support for legal, regulatory and ethical compliance.
- Align funding requirements with appropriate funding opportunities.
- Compose funding proposals with key considerations including: budgeting, human resources, financial management, reporting and impact enhancement/commercialization of research.
- Plan for human resource considerations that are relevant to multiple phases of research, including: proposal development, project life-cycle, and post-project.
- Manage detailed project budgets that are aligned with project timelines and total costing.
- Analyze the main types of contracts that are relevant to a research administrator and choose appropriate contract option.
- Design internal audit mechanisms to support external audits.
Work in a research administrator role at hospitals, universities, colleges and non-profit research organizations.
- Contracts Specialist
- Ethics Officer
- Grants Officer
- Research Project Manager
- Research Coordinator
- Research Compliance Officer
- Research Grants Facilitator
- Research Accounting Analyst
For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Continuing Education FAQ
- Where can I find more information on registering?
- What is the fee structure?
- How can I apply for an exemption?
- Can I obtain credit for learning obtained outside a traditional classroom?
- Where can I find more information on online learning and exams for online courses?
- How do I apply to graduate?
Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business