Why a Research Administration Development Program?
The number and dollar value of sponsored project activity at Boise State University has grown exponentially in recent years. Meanwhile, award terms and conditions have increased in complexity, new financial management systems have been implemented, and business processes have changed. Business managers and departmental administrators are expected to provide support to faculty who are seeking and managing sponsored projects; however it is often difficult for them to stay abreast of rapidly-changing regulations and policies within the university, the state and the federal government.
At a recent meeting of business managers (August 2018), attendees cited as two of their highest priorities training and standardized best practices for sponsored project management at Boise State University. While professional organizations such as the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society for Research Administration International provide training, content is typically limited to high-level concepts. Research administration professionals need to know how to apply these concepts in the context of Boise State University’s systems and policies.