Research Admin Modernization

Effective July 1, 2017, the office of Sponsored Award Accounting (SAA) has been moved from being organizationally located within the Financial Services division to the Office of Research and National Laboratories, reporting directly to Michael R. Ludwig.

Supporting this organizational realignment is an initiative currently underway to merge the existing offices of University Research Administration (URA) and SAA. Through these efforts, processes for award acceptance, account management and project closeout will be redesigned to become more efficient (e.g., eliminate hand-offs, improve cycle times, etc.) in order to provide better service to our unit research administrators and faculty members across campus.

The governance for this project includes a Research Administration Policy Committee with members representing the Deans of BSD, PSD, IME, SSD, the Provosts Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories. This group will be consulted on policy level decisions related to the project.   In addition, a Working Group made up of Associate Deans for Research and their designees representing BSD, PSD, SSD, IME, SSA, Harris, UEI, and Humanities has been formed to identify participants in the business process redesign activities and to review and provide feedback on the results of those redesign actions.  This group is meeting monthly to review the progress on the business process redesign.  Once these business processes are redesigned for the newly merged office of University Research Administration, we will offer forums for faculty and staff in order to gather feedback on the process changes and their anticipated benefits.

In the meantime, if there are any questions or comments about these efforts, please email us at researchadmininput@uchicago.edu.  

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