CARA is a dynamic organization with a myriad of activities that benefit research administrators across Canada. Our members receive announcements via our list-serve and The CARA Connection, our e-newsletter. Additionally, anyone can follow us on Twitter, view our website, and join our LinkedIn group to experience all the work we are doing in such things as professional development, advocacy, and mentoring.


CARA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mohawk College to the benefit our membership! Mohawk College, in partnership with CARA, will deliver the Research Administration College Certificate program which is aimed at pre-management research administrators or those planning a career in research administration. In one year, students can complete the fully-online program and acquire practical knowledge that will prepare graduates for a successful and rewarding career in research administration. Registration for the spring 2018 cohort will open March 22, 2018. To apply, please email your resume and a brief expression of interest (why do you want to take the program?) to


In August 2017, CARA established a bursary fund at Mohawk College for students in the Research Administration Certificate and we have already raised $3000! Thank you to all our generous donors, including Josh Leslie, Stewardly, our first platinum level donor!  Your donation will assist fellow CARA members in achieving their goal of earning the Research Administration Certificate – an important milestone for their careers and institutions that advances the profession. Please donate today and support the development of research administrators:  Select Fund: Other and enter code 7555-97  (this code must be entered so the money goes to the bursary and not a general fund)

Thank you to those who have already donated and acknowledged the importance of research administration as a profession.


CARA National Conference

Please save the date for CARA 2018:  May 27-30 in Ottawa at the Westin.


CARA 2018

Research Administration: Resilience in a Time of Change

May 27-30, 2018 – Westin Ottawa


Process Pathways Poster Competition

Call for Posters


The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) is a national voice for research administrators in Canada. With more than 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.  

CARA invites informed subject experts to present at the 2018 national conference on topics such as: research facilitation and development; research finance; research management; industry and community liaison; research ethics; regulatory compliance; knowledge mobilization; or any other relevant areas.

Presenting at the CARA national conference provides you with an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and learning experiences, increase your exposure, and network with other research administrators and research managers.

Please fill in the form and submit to



CARA is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for the  2019 CARA Awards. The CARA Awards are presented annually to recognize exceptional research administrators and celebrate achievements and contributions that have advanced our profession. The  Nominations are due December 1, 2018.                 


Learn about the upcoming Certificate in Research Administration and The Certificate in Research Management

Visit our Professional Development page for a list of upcoming webinars 

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