This year’s program theme is “Investment – Commitment – Rewards.” Investment may take many forms – our institutions invest in us as research administrators, we invest in ourselves and through our efforts we invest in our institution’s research enterprise. In addition, we invest our time and talent in NCURA and NCURA invests in us through its numerous and varied professional development and networking offerings. Commitment is also multi-faceted – we are committed to our careers, to professional development, to continuous learning and to being the very best research administrators we can be. We are also committed to the success of the research enterprise on the world, institutionally and globally. NCURA is committed to the same – our organization is built upon a strong commitment to provide the very best professional development, networking and continuous learning opportunities to research administrators from around the world. Rewards stem from the investments and commitments made by us, our institutions and NCURA. These rewards are valuable and invaluable, tangible and intangible. How does one value or quantify the reward of making a new professional connection at the Annual Meeting who later helps you solve a long-standing issue or problem at your institution simply by sharing their own experiences and providing advice. The rewards that are realized through these investments and commitments complete a cycle and generate the momentum for future investment, commitment and rewards.
As research administrators we work in a cyclical manner all the time. We invest time in identifying a funding source and preparing the proposal with our PI’s. We commit to getting the proposal in on time and we see the reward of our hard work when the awards come in. The sponsor invests in the research and the institution commits to do the work, act as a good steward of the sponsor’s investment, and follow the terms and conditions of the award. The rewards take the form of knowledge created by the work performed and the advancement of the various disciplines supported by our sponsors. The level of success we experience correlates with the level of investment and commitment that we and our institutions make. We would like to take the opportunity to recognize this investment and thank our institutions who support us and our professional development. This is not an insignificant investment, and continued investment is critical for our success, and the success of NCURA.