The Canadian Association of Research Administrators – Sponsorship Policy


1.0 Purpose

                  The purpose of this policy is to establish the framework and guidelines to establish productive partnerships between the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and sponsors including corporations, foundations, individuals and government organizations.  Such alliances can provide important opportunities to CARA’s potential partners while generating additional revenues to support the Association.

2.0 Principles

2.1           Sponsorship of any CARA award, program, service, event, or other product does not entitle any sponsor to influence CARA’s decisions or directions each provides funds as sponsors, member of the Executive felt that the influence each has is as a result of them being a member of the Board, not due to the sponsorship and that this is a clear distinction.

2.2       CARA will not partner with any party where the association with the prospective partner could jeopardize or adversely impact CARA’s reputation, standing or financial, legal or moral integrity.

2.3           All partnerships must be in alignment with existing CARA policies and practices.

2.4           CARA will seek, welcome and accept sponsorships as a source of revenue provided that each alliance is developed and maintained within the framework and spirit of this policy.


3.0 Policy             

3.1           All sponsorships must have a financial commitment from the sponsor to address the costs associated with the partnership.

3.2           All sponsorships must be approved by the Executive Director in conjunction with the President or their designate.

3.2           All of CARA’s sponsorship relationships must be identified, managed and recorded by the Executive Director and President or their designate. This central management of relationships is necessary for the coordination of CARA sponsorship and will support clear communication with sponsors and prospective sponsors. 


Approved by the CARA Executive Board: 5 April 2016 and 11 July 2017

Revised by the CARA Executive Board: 9 October 2018 and 16 July 2019

In the event of inconsistency between the French and English version, the English language version shall prevail.