Category Archives: ORA

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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Consultant Research Recommendations Drive ORA Process Improvements

As part of the ORA’s ongoing efforts in continuous improvement, all offices are actively implementing cross-functional initiatives suggested by external consulting firms. Recent work with McKinsey and Huron produced more than 160 operational recommendations. The scope of these recommendations extends from simple changes to cross-office policy overhauls. Accordingly, the suggestions have been vetted and assigned priority levels for implementation. The ORA is proud to announce that more than 30 of the recommendations have been fulfilled.  […]

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ORA Mission Metrics Project Moving Forward

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has worked diligently to bring metrics to the forefront, as a priority for this office.  Over the past fiscal year, we reached out for input and developed a process to identify and report on metrics that matter most to campus.  The ORA Mission Metrics Project was tasked with establishing […]

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Emory COVID-19 Prevention, Tracing, and COVID Positive (COVID+) Response During Return to Campus for Research

In response to returning to campus for research, Emory University has put processes and protocols into place to prepare Faculty, Staff, and Researchers to return to campus and how to maintain a healthy environment while on campus. A COVID-19 Dashboard was also recently launched to provide accurate and timely updates of all positive case reports […]

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ORA Office Overview

The Office for Research Administration encompasses many individual offices, each of which retain expertise in different areas of the research process. Your first point of contact will usually be your local RAS representative. They will help you determine which of the other touchpoints are necessary to submit a grant application, conduct a clinical trial, or […]

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ORA Workflow Adapts to Accommodate COVID’s Influence on Research

During these unprecedented times, Emory researchers are working hard to understand the coronavirus as quickly as possible through research ranging from vaccine clinical trials to basic science exploration of the virus’s properties. Through hard work and flexibility, many ORA individuals are working hard to facilitate quick coronavirus research and ensure that other research operations continue […]

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Rapid Response Expedites COVID-19 Related Studies at Emory

In January 2020, the Georgia CTSA Quality & Efficiency program finalized their SOP for the Rapid Response Team to obtain fast-track approvals across the Emory system. This new SOP allows for the coordination of needed approvals within 48 hours. The process was a collaboration, with Office for Clinical Research (OCR) leading Emory’s Rapid Response Team […]

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ORA Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020, The following message is sent on behalf of Dr. Deborah Bruner, Senior VP for Research and Dr. Robert Nobles, VP for Research Administration Dear Colleagues, To follow up on the message we shared recently (can be found here), we wanted to provide you with additional guidance regarding existing travel restrictions. New CDC […]

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