The IT Works team is looking forward to joining fellow research management professionals in Las Vegas for the 48th SRA Annual Meeting.
The event takes place October 17-21, 2015 and convenes research administrators from across the globe to learn through networking, best practices and more than 135 learning sessions. It’s a terrific opportunity to gather with peers and industry leaders for valuable professional development.
As we glance over the agenda, we’re especially excited about topic areas highlighted below.
1) Keep up to date with requirements, mandates
One of the challenges for Research Administrators is keeping apprised of federal mandates, reporting requirements and other regulatory changes. That’s why we are interested in sitting in on the all-day workshop entitled “Exploring What’s New in the Uniform Guidance.” This workshop is part of the “Financial Management” track and takes place Sunday October 18. This full-day workshop will give a brief introduction to what’s covered in the Uniform Guidance before spending the majority of the day discussing the differences between 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-21, A-122, A-110, and A-133 as applied in both University and Nonprofit settings.
A session toward the end of the week also looks valuable for those interested in regulatory mandates. Speakers from The State University of New Jersey will lead a talk entitled: “Avoiding the Top Ten Reasons for IRB Delays and Regulatory Non-Compliance.” The session provides the top ten reasons for delays in Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions as well as the top ten audit findings of non compliance in active studies. In addition, it will present strategies to facilitate the IRB process and ensure compliance.
2) Get a review of the basics
There’s always value in stepping back and making sure of the research administration fundamentals. That’s why we observed with interest a session entitled “Building a Basic Grant Budget” presented by a team from the University of South Florida. The session is part of the track entitled ”Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries.”
It looks valuable for those new to pre-award or those overwhelmed when a Principal Investigator (PI) looks for help developing a budget. Attendees will not only understand the fundamentals of creating an effective budget for both federal and private grants, but also get tips for creating timesaving templates. The speakers will discuss effort and the considerations needed to account for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) salary cap, the benefits of a detailed travel budget and calculating the correct Facility and Administration (F&A) base. Additionally, translating the budget to the budget justification will be discussed.
3) Learn new ways to streamline the everyday workload
Finally, we were intrigued to see a presentation entitled “Juggling: The Everyday Circus Act for the Research Administration.” The session is part of the Financial and Post-award Administration track.
Research administrators from New York University show the significance of a budget, budget justification and how these impact decisions in post-award and audit. The speakers will discuss two particular case studies at length: Foreign Sub-contract and Equipment vs. Non-equipment. They will then break out into groups to discuss case studies, both samples and any other research administrators would like to share. This is a very valuable topic in research administration because these are the types of expenses targeted in internal audits. It is a hot topic in a climate of new omni-circulars.
4) Get up to date on advanced grant management systems.
The SRA International Annual Meeting is also your chance to learn about grant management best practices and streamlined grant accounting. Current IT Works clients attending the SRA Annual Meeting are invited to contact IT Works to schedule a time to discuss grant management software features and advances. We are offering a surprise gift for those who reach out ahead of the SRA meeting to schedule a time to visit us.
During the visit, you’ll see improvements to the system as well as learn ways to expand your use of the software. You’ll meet our newest Implementation Specialist/Account Manager, and get answers to nagging questions you have had about the software.
To schedule a meeting time, please email Ashley Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRA Annual Meeting: See You in Vegas!
Clearly, there are additional topic areas to be addressed at the SRA annual meeting. With more than 135 learning sessions, the knowledge and insight will be valuable to all in the research administration community.
We hope to see you there. Learn more about SRA by visiting their website.