Catalyst


SRAI’s monthly electronic newsletter, SRAI Catalyst, features insights from top professionals in research management and administration, informs readers of SRAI’s extensive conference and educational offerings, recognizes members for their achievements and provides a space to network and learn more about the structure, functions and people of SRAI.

Catalyst Contributor: Submit book or article reviews, informative features, professional milestones or assist in authoring one of our already established columns for our monthly newsletter, SRAI Catalyst. Interested? Contact us to discuss article ideas or how you can get involved. Email: catalyst@srainternational.org

by Susanne A. Van Weelden on Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome to part two of our exciting new initiative designed to provide information on special topics in research administration. As promised, we continue our journey into Uniform Guidance with the second part of our new series. This month we will hear from our colleagues Dara Little and Jason Guilbeault who have graciously offered to share their subject matter expertise on procurement and cost principles.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Uniform Guidance

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, May 18, 2015

SRA International members rock! As research administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate Tonya Edvalson on her recently published article.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner

by Jason Guilbeault on Monday, May 18, 2015

Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards are very different than the standards found in OMB Circular A-110. These new standards apply to all non-Federal entities except states; however, the standards do apply to subrecipients of states. For example, if a state receives a Federal award and selects a nonprofit subrecipient, the state follows its own regulations but the nonprofit follows the Uniform Guidance. Some key regulations in Subpart D include...... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Uniform Guidance

by Kara Charmanski on Monday, May 18, 2015

Professor Y is preparing an interdisciplinary proposal for an upcoming application deadline. She has been working on the text of the proposal for several weeks with a group of collaborators and the help of her department. While Professor Y is excited about the potential of the proposed work, she is unsure if she can prepare a meritorious application in time for the deadline. Should she submit the proposal if it is in less than excellent shape, or postpone or forego the submission?... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by Dara Little on Monday, May 18, 2015

The Uniform Guidance introduces a number of changes for managing costs on federal awards. Most of the changes were made with the goal of providing recipients greater flexibility in charging and, in some cases, better cost recovery on federal projects. Under the Uniform Guidance, the cost considerations of allowability, allocability, and reasonableness remain.... Read more

Tagged with: Uniform Guidance

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, May 18, 2015

SRA International members rock! We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate James Zanewicz on his new position in a new city.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner

by Katie Watkins on Monday, May 18, 2015

Last month a survey was opened to collect information on how SRA International can serve its members through local programming. The questionnaire collects demographic information as well as descriptive responses to open-ended questions. The survey—which is still open—has yielded important information about member’s wants and needs.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development, Surveys

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on Monday, 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

by Susanne A. Van Weelden on Monday, April 20, 2015

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new initiative designed to provide information on special topics in research administration. Over the next few months we will publish a series of articles on Uniform Guidance. These articles will provide insight from our colleagues and subject matter experts on the measures taken to prepare for implementing the new policies, how this will change our daily operations, and what this means overall for research administration.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Uniform Guidance

by Pamela F. Miller on Monday, April 20, 2015

Managers need a way to distribute staff workload in a way that is both fair and effective. The challenge is how to assess the work required for different types of proposals and awards. Some transactions zip right through while other transactions seem to take forever and an incredible amount of work. Yet, both are counted as one transaction. The University of Akron’s Research Administration Difficulty and Ranking System (RADARS) provides a quantifiable method for achieving workload equity.... Read more

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