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The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) is the national voice for research administrators in Canada and a nationwide community that brings together research administration professionals fulfilling a diverse range of roles in a field that is complex and ever-evolving. CARA is committed to supporting the profession by offering members a safe, inclusive, and professional space to learn and grow through networking with peers, sharing best practices, professional development, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.

With over 1000 members, our professional organization's strength is in its diversity and comprehensive approach to research administration. CARA provides a critical interface between all stakeholders in the management of the research enterprise.  



The purposes of the Association are:

-  to foster research administration and management expertise in Canada by facilitating a strong and vibrant community,

-  to provide and facilitate robust career and professional development programs and services for members,

-  to enable synthesis and dissemination of information/knowledge on research administration and management with a view to developing individual and organizational excellence.


CARA is governed by a volunteer Executive Board and is guided by our Strategic Plan. CARA also partners with other organizations to advance its objectives and increase opportunities for members. In Canada, one of CARA’s strategic partners is Network of Networks.

CARA also works with international sister organizations. New members can learn more about CARA by attending one of our Welcome to CARA webinars and visiting our membership pages.



To be the authoritative body of knowledge and expertise on research administration and management in Canada.


Inclusivity, which means developing and maintaining a supportive, active, accessible, and diverse research administrator/management community that is welcoming and that celebrates and encourages a variety of thoughts and ideas. It also means a commitment to ensuring transparency in our actions, and a questioning of processes through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusivity. We know and understand that our CARA community is stronger, more productive, and more effective because of diversity.

Integrity, which includes respect, trust, authenticity and honesty.

Authentic collaboration, with the entire research community (colleagues, faculty, funders, partners) and beyond. This includes a commitment to sharing information, insights, best practices, and worst practices.

Relevance, by supporting innovation, forward thinking, learning, improvement, creativity, and inquiry.

Sustainability, in terms of resources including both people’s time and funding.