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An Inside Look at a High-Volume Research Office

An Inside Look at a High-Volume Research Office

Cayuse recently had the opportunity to speak with Melinda Cotton, Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). UAB handles over $480 million in awards each year.

In an ever-changing research environment, research offices of all sizes are continually being forced to evolve. With mounting pressures on campuses to increase their funding when there is less funding overall to be won, large and small research…

5 Tips for Surviving the Next Big Proposal Deadline

5 Tips for Surviving the Next Big Proposal Deadline

1. Eat Lunch Let’s face it. It’s a miracle on a normal day to eat lunch away from your desk, let alone out of the office. And, now that you have a big deadline fast approaching, of course there’s no chance you’re considering leaving your desk for anything remotely...
Standard Reporting – How Standard are Sponsored Projects Reports?

Standard Reporting – How Standard are Sponsored Projects Reports?

“I’m interested in getting some reports out of your office.” If you’re in charge of data and reporting for a Sponsored Programs Office, has there ever been a more anxiety-provoking statement? What do they want to know? How reliable is the data I have? Am I capturing...
Tips to Combat Declining NIH Award Success Rates

Tips to Combat Declining NIH Award Success Rates

It’s no secret that NIH proposal acceptance rates have declined significantly since the turn of the century, -14% from 2001 to 2016 to be exact. (NIH Databook) Additionally, NIH budgets have remained fairly constant, averaging $30.18 Billion from 2008-2015 with 2010...