Private Research Institution Embraces a Model to Transform Research Administration
Challenge Historically, research administration within the college of health sciences at a midsize East Coast university was managed both within the central office and at the local unit level. This fragmented approach perpetuated inconsistent processes, complicating the experience for principal investigators applying for critical grants and managing research projects. With administrators distributed across the school, there were few communication channels and a lack of knowledge transfer in place to keep operations running when individual employees left. In the spring of 2020, the dean of the college announced a goal to dramatically increase its funded awards 200% by 2025. Leadership recognized that centralizing its research administration would be critical to achieving this growth.
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