The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Office of Sponsored Research

Effective Office Collaboration

It’s a challenging time for research-focused universities and colleges looking to support their research efforts with sponsored funding. It’s an environment that makes it tough to be an effective office of sponsored research. Some of the more significant reasons for these challenges are regulatory requirements related to funding sources, plus the Read More

Continuous Improvement: Evaluating Grant Proposal Submission Success Rates

Examination paper on the office desk.

In our previous blog post we discussed the need for monitoring grant submission success rates. It is a key part of the routine evaluation of the financial health of a research-intensive institution. We also identified the process of creating reports used for this purpose. Monitoring is an important part of the evaluation process for Read More

Monitoring Grant Submission Success Rates for Evaluation and Improvement

IT Works Inc Sample Success Rate Report

Monitoring grant submission success rates is an important component of the review and evaluation of research intensive organizations, their faculty, research scientists, and administrative teams. Review results help identify individuals that need training with writing skills and the application process; areas of research and funding agencies to Read More

The Importance of the Timely Delivery of Grant Accounting Reports

end of year agenda

I am frequently reminded of the importance of timely delivery of grant accounting reports when speaking with faculty at large, research intensive universities.  The comments often occur during sales demonstrations when displaying and discussing the format of our grant accounting reports.  At this point, I hear a variety of comments regarding how Read More

The Grant Life Cycle: Can You Improve Post Award Grants Management?

Business Analysis

Our post today looks at the post award grants management phase of the grant life cycle. We continue from a previous post that looked at pre-award efforts such as searching for funding, developing proposals and working with internal teams on grant applications. As we noted, institutions face distinct responsibilities and requirements throughout Read More

Key Resources for Effective Grants Management


Effective grants management is critical to keep the flow of research funding in support of today’s leading research institutions. Since IT Works serves the nation’s leading research-focused universities, colleges and hospitals, we are always on the lookout for informative, timely and helpful grant management resources. To that end, the Grants Read More

Reports for Helping with Effort Certification System Reconciliation


As discussed in a previous blog article, reports are key to streamlining effort reporting and effort certification system reconciliation with respect to audits and verifying compliance with federal effort reporting policies. In today’s blog, we examine one report format that is particularly helpful for reconciliation when an effort certification Read More

The Grant Life Cycle: Can You Work Smarter During the Pre-Award Process?

Funding And Development

In our work with research-focused institutions, we often refer to the concept of a “grant life cycle.” The term takes into consideration the many phases research organizations move through in grant management - from concept to completion. Each phase of the grant life cycle has its own set of exact requirements for reporting, accounting, Read More

US Research Funding Round Up

Table, Magnifier And Calculator, Collage

The landscape is continuously changing when it comes to US research funding and investment in health-related research, biotech, science and other initiatives. In particular, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are facing a challenging funding environment this year. For example, late last year the US Read More

Issues to Consider During Grant Tracking Reporting


How does your research organization handle the annual review of grant submissions and awards, also known as grant tracking reporting? A previous post looked at this important process faced by research-intensive institutions. A review might be for individual personnel, an organizational unit, or the institution as a whole. It’s typical for grant Read More