Evaluating research administration solutions at a conference can be overwhelming, especially for a first timer. These conferences involve full days of training on research management topics, including the latest OMB Regulations, new requirements for targeting compliance issues, and solving issues of financial oversight. There are various social
Managing Supplies and Equipment for a Sponsored Project Appropriately purchasing supplies and equipment for a sponsored project is an integral part of successful grant stewardship. While the process for ensuring success begins during budget development and justification, grant stewardship is critical over the entire life of the sponsored project.
For many involved in post award administration at a large institution, the split between central and departmental offices may feel insurmountable. However, each office is essential as they maintain different responsibilities. As such, a high level of cooperation must exist, requiring an overall understanding of who is accountable for what.
No, the effort reporting process wasn’t eliminated. Rather there was an attempt to simplify it while still maintaining documentation of appropriately expended federal funds. During the iterations of the Uniform Guidance both federal and higher education research managers held several discussions focused on streamlining the effort reporting
In a previous blog we addressed communication and team building as critical elements in establishing high quality policies for compliance management. Now we are going to delve deeper and consider what questions to ask for the necessary policies. Financial compliance management requires a careful balance between preventing the lack of necessary
With the increased federal emphasis on financial compliance tracking for grant administration, it is no longer sufficient to simply write a policy and publish it on your website. As many of us know from experience, telling someone they must do a task a specific way will often be met with resistance. The “just do it this way” tactic, especially in
Evaluating research administration activities is no easy task, especially since the criteria can vary. While we would all like to believe our organization is running under optimal conditions, we must be able to prove it. To do so we collect robust evidence by evaluating research administration activities. This increases your credibility both
Periodically reviewing an organization’s lines of communication in contract and grant management is valuable. The review process ensures all partners across each role and unit are included and receive the necessary information. This review should examine multiple factors, such as: who needs to know what information and how the communication is
A funding source balance report provides a financial summary or overview of all fund sources. It details the overall budget, total expenditures, total encumbrances, and overall balance of the various fund sources. The report provides the administrator or Principal Investigator (PI)/Research Personnel with a quick financial overview of all of his
For those of us new to the world of grant administration and research proposal submissions, welcome! You have picked an exciting field that requires a commitment to not only keep up with sponsored research requirements governing grants administration, but the responsibility for guiding others through your institutional and sponsored research