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Research Administration and Development at Tufts

Research Administration and Development seeks to enhance the ability of Tufts University investigators to pursue their research and scholarship goals. We provide leadership and expertise in pre- and post-award and support other functions that surround applying for and managing sponsored funding.

Please see the sections of Central Pre- and Post-Award Administration, Research Administration Compliance and Risk Management, Research Development, and Local Research Administrators below to learn more about each groups’ roles and responsibilities.

Central Pre-Award

The Central Pre-Award office is responsible for pre-award and non-fiscal post-award administration of awards, including:

  • Proposal review, approval and submission
  • Award negotiation and the Point of Contact with funding agencies
  • Award acceptance, authorized representative/Signing Official that can legally bind Tufts
  • Issuing subawards and amendments
  • Just-in-Time (JIT), no cost extensions, prior approvals
  • Facilitating compliance with federal, state, and agency regulations and internal policies that surround sponsored funding.

Click here for Pre-Award staff and portfolio information.

Central Post-Award

The Central Post-Award office is responsible for:

  • Financial oversight of all sponsored award activities from set up to closeout
  • Creating award accounts
  • Determination if funding source is a gift or a sponsored award
  • Invoicing sponsors per the terms of the agreements, following up on outstanding payments, initiating letter of credit draws, preparing and submitting financial reports
  • Distributing award expiration notices, ensuring timely closeout of sponsored accounts
  • Providing federal costing compliance oversight, assessing financial transactions risk, auditing high risk expenditures
  • Processing all expense transfers involving sponsored awards
  • Approvals of higher risk transactions on sponsored awards. Please see the list of transactions that require Post-Award review here under Post-Award Approvals.
Research Administration Compliance and Risk Management

Research Administration Compliance and Risk Management works closely with Pre- and Post-Award offices to perform the following functions:

  • Administering the Quarterly Effort Reporting (QER) System, processing joint appointments, QER adjustments, and retroactive labor adjustments involving sponsored awards
  • Performing subrecipient risk assessments, monitoring subrecipient audit findings
  • Coordination of financial audits and external compliance grant reviews
  • Performing periodic quality control checks.

Click here for RA Compliance and Risk Management contact information

Research Development

The mission of the Office of Research Development (ORD) is to support and advance the research and training endeavors of the Tufts University community. ORD supports the development of groundbreaking proposals for extramural funding, showcasing ideas and scholarship at the forefront of faculty fields. ORD works with faculty across the university on strategies for finding research and training funding, on crafting compelling narratives, and on advancing Tufts' capacity for research and scholarship in line with school, university, and federal priorities. The ORD expertise lies in federal funding narrative support and opportunities, and it collaborates regularly with Corporate and Foundation Relations to meet the diverse grantsmanship needs of Tufts’ many investigators.

ORD advances research development through:

  • Grantsmanship review and editing of major narrative elements (e.g. project overview/ Specific Aims, project description, and equivalent sections) for individual and multi-investigator proposals
  • Targeted funding searches and alignment of funding strategies with school, university, and federal priorities
  • Proposal Revision for Resubmission (deconstructing and responding to reviewer comments)
  • Funding strategy guidance in partnership with Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Collaboration on team science initiatives and large multi-investigator proposals such as institutional training grants, center grants, and infrastructure- and capacity-building grants
  • New faculty support for those new to applying for funding, or those applying to new funding agencies
  • Consultation and development of individual investigator grants
  • Workshops for Tufts researchers on topics ranging from grantsmanship, writing, and developing effective proposals, to strategies for finding funding opportunities
  • Copyediting of grant proposals, including for English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers
  • Development of templates and other tools to assist in proposal preparation
  • Online resources about grantsmanship best practices for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.
Local Research Administrators (LRAs)

Local Research Administrators (LRAs) provide pre-and post-award support to investigators who engage in sponsored activities related to research, teaching, and service. They are located at the schools and centers to provide hands-on active day-to-day support.

LRAs responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate investigator engagement with all research support offices
  • Acting as point of contact with Central Administration in pre- and post-award matters
  • Managing proposal preparation
  • Partnering with the Budget Center in preparation of the funding forecasts and plans to spend
  • Assisting the PI in fiscal management of his or her research portfolio (hard and soft money)
  • Promoting compliance with sponsor and Tufts policies.

Click here for LRA staff and portfolio information.

Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP)

Read about the Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP) here. The objective of RAMP is to expand and strengthen the professional research administration network at Tufts by fostering the professional development of research administration staff. The Mentor and mentee will build a relationship working towards the completion of goals identified by the mentee at the beginning of the partnership. Sign up to be a mentor by submitting online Mentor Application Form. Request a mentor by completing Mentee Application Form.