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Evaluating Research Administration Activities

Evaluating research administration activities is no easy task, especially since the criteria can vary.  While we would all like to believe our organization is running under optimal conditions, we must be able to prove it. To do so we collect robust evidence by...

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Using a Funding Source Balance Report for Grant Accounting

A funding source balance report provides a financial summary or overview of all fund sources.  It details the overall budget, total expenditures, total encumbrances, and overall balance of the various fund sources.  The report provides the administrator or Principal...

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5 Reasons to Consider Cloud-based eRA

5 Reasons to Consider Cloud-based eRA

Cloud-based eRA solutions are all the rage in research administration and for good reason. They provide tons of convenience with minimal cost. So, why are institutions so reluctant to modernize? In my opinion, it stems from the fact that our industry is fear-based. If...

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The Importance of Research in the Advancement of Society

The Importance of Research in the Advancement of Society

 Thanks to the internet and other technologies, life moves at a very fast pace. We're constantly adapting and learning new ways to do things--as well as expecting and even demanding innovation from our scientists, executives, and leaders.Without research, our demands...

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Monitoring Critical Dates on Grants

Research Administrators are constantly monitoring critical dates on multiple projects. With each administrator responsible for many projects, how can they stay up to date on deadlines, protect the institution, and ensure compliance with sponsor requirements? Missing a...

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Research Funding: Year-End Trends

At IT Works, we make sure to keep an eye on the latest trends in research funding. As 2015 comes to an end, here are a few trends we’ve noticed this year. Many universities are reporting record research funding. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, many universities set new...

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A Close Look at Research University Grant Administration

We were interested to see a recent report issued by a National Academies committee that examines the current “regulatory jungle” confronting universities that receive federal research dollars. The committee believes that “ever-growing federal requirements are...

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