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Stories throughout the year demonstrated the need for political and public awareness in research administration. Federally sponsored research remains a target for budget cuts, however those discussions have progressed beyond the original sequester, with increasing congressional challenges to specific projects, threatening the autonomy and discretion of the funding agencies. Public disclosure of payments made by…

If there is a single overarching – some would say overwhelming – topic for grants administrators in 2014, it would have to be  Uniform Guidance. Published December 26, 2013 and effective December 26, 2014 (yes, that’s just a week or so from now), Uniform Guidance, formally known as 2CFR Part 200, will rock just about…

2014 has been a year of uncertainty in the Australian Higher Education sector. The uncertainty continues as the Government’s planned reforms were recently voted down by the Senate. The Government plans to push on with an amended bill in attempt to introduce the changes. The planned changes include: allowing universities to set their own fees, reducing…

Back in February, I shared an article about one of my favorite committee members, a Rabbi. He was a community representative who served for many years and offered invaluable insight during his tenure on the IRB at my former institution in Texas. Recently at the 2014 PRIM&R Conference in Baltimore, MD I had the pleasure…

There are lots of us in the research compliance world; the thing that unites us is a the practice of understanding and approving proposed research, whether it involves the use of humans, animals, plants, or a myriad of other organisms, agents, toxins, etc.    While we may all work in a college or university setting, it…

and hungry Research Administrators!     Thank  you to all the current (and future) clients who stopped by the InfoEd booth at the 2014 PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Phillip and I enjoyed meeting you all.…