National Research Administrator Day will be celebrated across the U.S. Sept. 25. Research administrators and sponsored projects office team members play a critical role when it comes to supporting faculty and researchers in their efforts to generate funding and advance important work in a wide range of transdisciplinary fields. Here at ASU, in 2020, more than 3,600 proposals were submitted, resulting in more than $3 billion in funding.
“The remarkable talents and skills of our research administrators drive our ability to work together, accomplish goals and attain exceptional results,” said Heather Clark, executive director, Research Operations. “They are critical to our success, and are greatly deserving of this day of recognition.”
The National Council of University Research Administrators created National Research Administrator Day in 2015 as a way to recognize the professionals who are the driving force behind helping researchers achieve their goals. In addition to providing access to tools and resources, RAs and sponsored projects office team members identify funding opportunities, write grants, create and submit proposals, and serve as stewards of granted funds. As advocates, these teams create support systems that allow researchers to focus on advancing meaningful and impactful scientific discovery.
So how can you show appreciation? Share their successes by posting photos and stories using #ResearchAdministratorDay.