What is a URA?
URA stands for university research administrator. URAs are human resource personnel responsible for promoting the research activities conducted by researchers and enhancing research development management. By supporting researchers at higher education institutions, URAs are involved in the planning and management of research activities and the promotion of utilizing the research outcomes. (URAs are not expected to merely perform administrative procedures related to research.)
In 2011, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) launched a project called "Developing Systems to Foster and Secure Research Administrators." Consequently, many Japanese higher education institutions have rapidly assigned their own URAs.