Catalyst: The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on February 28, 2017

This month we wanted to learn more about the management and administration of financial conflict of interest (FCOI) at our colleagues’ institutions. We will continue to periodically check the “pulse” of research administration community on various topics. Look for the future columns in the SRA Catalyst throughout 2017.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on November 29, 2016

This month we wanted to learn more about research administrators’ sense of belonging to the research administration community, both within and outside of their institution. We also wanted to learn more about what makes up the larger research administration community. We will continue to periodically check the "pulse" of research administration community on various topics. Look for the next column in the SRA Catalyst in 2017.... Read more

Tagged with: Research Administration, The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on June 20, 2016

A growing number of organizations have transitioned or are transitioning to a research administration service center model. This is a part of an overall movement toward greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and consistency of service quality in recent years. Service centers operate as an expansion of central research administration, effectively taking on pre- and post-award work that had traditionally been done at the department level.... Read more

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by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on April 22, 2016

This month we wanted to learn where five common research administration tasks sit at various institutions. We were interested in task distribution between central versus departmental research administrators, as well as whether specific tasks may reside in pre- or post-award area. A brief anonymous survey was sent to the subscribers of RESADM-L listserv asking respondents where several tasks sit at their institution.... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys, The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on February 19, 2016

This month we wanted to learn more about the qualities and experiences that create a research administrator. We were interested in factors research administrators think are crucial for those in the field to have, as well as information on research administrators’ backgrounds and future plans in the field. A brief anonymous survey was sent to the subscribers of RESADM-L listserv asking respondents to rank both descriptors of the profession and qualities they found most important in a re...... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys, The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on December 21, 2015

This month we wanted to learn more about the size of the sponsored portfolio our colleagues manage, as well as how many hours per week on average they work to do so. We sent a brief anonymous survey to the subscribers of RESADM-L listserv with questions about the volume of proposals and awards in each respondent’s portfolio. Questions were posed differently with respect to whether individuals work in dep..... Read more

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by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on October 19, 2015

This month we wanted to learn more about the management of limited submissions. Limited submissions involve the submission of proposals where the sponsor restricts the number of eligible applications from the same institution for a given deadline. If, and how, institutions manage these submissions guided our questions this month. We will continue to check the “pulse” of research administrators on various topics throughout the year.... Read more

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by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on August 17, 2015

Given the constantly changing regulatory landscape, change is something most research administrators face frequently. This month we wanted to learn more about attitudes of research administrators towards change in general and specifically toward changes in rules and regulations that govern sponsored research. We also asked about the kinds of changes research administrators are experiencing or have experienced in their organizations.... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys, The Pulse

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on June 15, 2015

We wanted to learn more about pre- and post-award institutional training for faculty and staff on research administration topics. In the survey we asked whether in-house training for pre- and/or post-award research administration exists in the participants’ institutions; what the scope, mode, and target audience of such training is; whether the training is required or optional; and whether completion certificates are issued to participants.... Read more

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by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on April 20, 2015

We wondered how research administrators communicate funding opportunities to researchers in their institutions. In this survey we asked whether information on funding opportunities is distributed to researchers at respondents’ institutions, how and how often the alerts are sent, and what, if any, type of feedback has been received regarding the distribution of such information. In addition, we inquired as to whether or not our respondents think that sending...... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Surveys, The Pulse, Uniform Guidance

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