Admin Burden in Canada/Partners


The CASRAI ABC initiative is a partnership of a number of key Canadian organizational stakeholders affected by admin burden in the research life-cycle.

The Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO). Founded in 1937, CAUBO is a non-profit professional organization representing the interest of administrative and financial officers in Canadian universities and affiliated colleges. It is an umbrella organization for the many players in university administration. CAUBO’s vision is to be a key enabler of excellence in Canadian higher education administration. The organization provides a national perspective on matters related to higher education administration. It strengthens the capacity of leaders in the sector by connecting them with peers and information, enabling them to pursue opportunities and create solutions for shared issues.

CAUBO members are heavily involved in post-award administration including compliance and eligibility review, reporting, and monitoring visits, and we believe opportunities for reducing administrative burden exist in these areas. We are delighted to participate in this initiative, and look forward to discussing and advancing such opportunities.

The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) is a national voice for research administrators in Canada. With almost 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. Founded in 1971, this national association is committed to: Advancing the profession through advocacy and professional development; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of research administration at post-secondary institutions, hospitals, and other research-intensive organizations, centres and institutes; maintaining a strong presence and coherent voice on key issues relevant to research; and fostering collaboration with other organizations that are active in the research enterprise.

CARA members manage and administer research throughout its lifecycle and are committed to reducing administrative burden to the benefit of research. We look forward to contributing our expertise to this initiative.

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.

This collaborative project will focus on the various issues that contribute to undue administrative burden in the various research management processes shared between the research-performing and the research-funding sectors in Canada and will partner with Industry Canada in its own initiatives to reduce undue burden in related federal programs. We are delighted to participate in this initiative, and look forward to discussing and advancing such opportunities.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). Our members include Canada's twenty-nine largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL members provide invaluable support to Canada’s research community by:

  • Working to improve access to knowledge
  • Improving services to students, faculty and researchers
  • Promoting effective and sustainable scholarly communication
  • Ensuring that Canada’s researchers have world class information management capacities
  • Sharing best practices and experiences
  • Advocating public policies that enable broad access to scholarly information

By preserving and enabling access to knowledge, our members support Canada’s researchers and foster innovation.

Polytechnics Canada. Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. We are dedicated to helping colleges and industry create jobs for tomorrow. Located in Canada’s key economic regions, the current eleven member colleges and institutes of Polytechnics Canada are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), SAIT Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, George Brown College, Seneca College and Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology.