Category Archives: ORA

Valuable Research IT Tools Become Available to All Labs

When Dr. Bruner, Senior Vice President of Research, commissioned the Research IT Task Force in 2019, one of the group’s recommendations was to lower the cost barrier of IT solutions. As a result, we are excited to announce enterprise availability for the REDCap and OpenSpecimen platforms. All research teams will soon be able to utilize […]

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Research Administration Administrative Transitions

As we commence the school year, a number of leadership changes are underway. We have developed a framework for a smooth transition, ensuring continuous service to faculty. COI Come December, we will say goodbye to Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Conflicts of Interest Director, Brenda Seiton, who is retiring after 25 years at […]

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Change in F&A Rate for Clinical Trials Effective 4/1/2021

The below message was sent on behalf of Dr. Robert Nobles, Vice President for Research Administration: March 12, 2021 Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share the outcome of an extensive review of our clinical trial definition and Facilities and Administrative Rate (F&A) rate. Over several months, we organized a working group that included faculty, […]

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Updated Guidance on Biosketch/Other Support Implementation

*Catch up on the Thursdays at Three (T@3) webinar addressing changes to the NIH Biosketch and Other Support here May 7, 2021 Dear Colleagues, We are writing to provide you the most up-to-date information on the transition to new formats for NIH Biosketches and Other Support pages. According to the most recent issue of the […]

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ORA Contract Leadership Announcement

The Emory Office of Research Administration (ORA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Janette Hannam Hayes as Interim Director of Contracts, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as of April 1, 2021.  Janette has served OSP for over 23 years.  In that time, Ms. Hannam Hayes has provided leadership in various roles such as Senior […]

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Celebrating the 2021 ORA Dragon Service Awards

On April 15, 2021, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) celebrated its first virtual annual ORA Dragon Service Awards.  The presentation of the Dragon Service Awards first began in 2018 as a commitment of ORA to recognize the contributions and achievements of its staff members as well as Faculty/Research Community members that demonstrate an exemplary […]

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Restructuring and Establishment of the New Research Compliance Office

On January 25, 2021, an announcement was released from the EVP for Business and Administration, Christopher Augostini, regarding the restructuring of the University Compliance Office and the establishment of a new Research Compliance Office.  The announcement in its entirety, can be found here. After the retirement of the former leader of the Office of Compliance, […]

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Phase II Faculty Facing – Mission Metrics

This project is tasked with establishing a reporting process for faculty facing metrics. The goal is to supply meaningful metrics to faculty to measure performance of ORA’s department and units.  This data-driven dashboard will seek to improve ORA’s transparency and identify areas for improvement. Please view the Phase 2 Dashboard overview here. If you have […]

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ORA Process Improvement Update

The Office of Research Administration subscribes to a philosophy of continuous improvement that informs our mission, vision, and values and improves the quality of service. We are enthusiastic to report progress that has occurred with ongoing initiatives. Of more than 160 individual recommendations arising from external reviews from expert consultants, 32 have been implemented. The […]

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MTA/DUA Processing Enhancements Continue

In the past six months as part of the ORA’s commitment to process improvement, the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) took significant steps to address higher than average turnaround time in reviewing and executing unfunded research contracts like Material Transfer and Data Use agreements. In working with the ORA Dragon Team, OTT implemented a number of new or improved strategies for these contracts including: a renewed push to […]

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