Aspiring Clinical Research Associate

Entry Guidelines and Judging Criteria


This category is designed to challenge the ACRA’s understanding of the core aspects of CRA responsibilities and tasks. On the day your understanding of core aspects will be tested.


Entries are invited from individuals with ambitions to become a CRA.

This category is open to those who are working in a clinical research setting but not carrying out the duties of a CRA, or others hoping to secure a career in clinical research. Candidates will include, but are not limited to: Clinical Trials Assistants and other clinical research clerical/administrative staff including those currently working in the NHS, staff working in regulatory affairs, R&D, pharmacovigilance and medical information. Entries from students aspiring to a career as a CRA are also welcome. ACRAs who have been in training for less than six months will be eligible.


  • Competency based assessment relevant for the role
  • Essay (1000 words)

* Finalists will be invited to take part in category-specific case-study challenge developed by an independent expert panel.

* Finalists will be presented with the challenge on the finals day – and given a set period of time for preparation (usually 1 hour) – before delivering their response to a judging panel of senior industry leaders.


Specific scoring criteria will be developed alongside each case-study / challenge.  As well as understanding the case study and challenge, ACRA finalists will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to assimilate information
  • Development of a situational analysis
  • Ability to define the ACRA challenge
  • Knowledge and application of ACRA skill set
  • Management of situational challenges
  • Ability to identify and address routine CRA tasks and challenges
  • Understanding and application of ICH-GCP


Key dates

Entry Opens
Entry Closes
Singles Finals Day
Team Finals Day
Awards Event
Clinical Researcher of the Year - The Americas