As discussed in a previous blog, “The Ever Evolving World of Research Administrators,” there are many “hats” worn as a Research Administrator. One such “hat” that will be discussed in this blog is one of an Accountant or Financial Administrator. The role of managing money is a major focus for Research Administrators. Much of their time is
In a recent blog, Grant Management: Supplies and Equipment on a Sponsored Project – Part 1, we elucidated the typical differences between supplies, equipment, and their respective procurement processes. In Part 2, we expound upon the management, tracking and dissolution of grant funded equipment, and issues to take into consideration when opting
There is little doubt that the world of research administration is an environment in a constant state of flux. Whether it is changing regulations from federal sources, internal transitions in staffing, changes to policy and procedure, or just the constant flow of deadlines and responsibilities, there is always something happening. Individuals
In early August the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) held their 58th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Three of our team members, Audrey Wrenn, Andrea Comley and Remy Brown, were able to attend as both exhibitors and session members. The conference provided a variety of opportunities for research administrators and
In a previous blog we explored the roles and responsibilities the Institution and Office of Sponsored Programs hold in managing the grant funding pipeline. This installment considers the requirements of the PI and Department. These duties range from overseeing personnel details, to closeouts. Implementing a process for monitoring closing dates
The lifecycle of a grant can pose challenges to the Office of Sponsored Programs, as well as the institution as a whole. When proposals are submitted the natural hope is they will be funded and the research can begin. Large projects can be complex to manage, especially if they involve subrecipient partners, additional staff, and monitoring
When an award is made with terms and conditions outlining sponsored award milestones, the award can often be categorized as a contract rather than a grant. These milestones need to be monitored over the duration of the whole award. Most of us are accustomed to assisting our faculty submit quarterly or annual progress reports and billing/drawing
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.