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Research Administration Phase 1

The Office of Business Practice Improvement in conjunction with the Office of Research Administration and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center launched a strategic project to review and improve the research administration functions at Emory University, both centrally and within schools and units.

Objectives & Scope

Research administration is a complex and expansive function within the University. While much progress has been made in improving Emory's research administration functions over the past several years, additional work remains to stay competitive.

Internally, the project focused on documenting the current state of research administration and collecting data through numerous focus groups and interviews on both best practices and issues with the current administration processes.  The goal of this methodology was to identify opportunities for improvement.

Externally, the project investigated innovative design elements or processes at other schools that may address opportunity areas at Emory.

The goal of this project was to identify opportunities for improvement, including both "quick win" improvements and recommendations for Phase 2 projects. Phase 2 projects may include implementation of improvements, deeper dives, feasibility studies, and pilot programs.

Project Conclusion

Emory’s Office of Business Practice Improvement Research Administration Working Group completed approximately 100 focus groups and interviews with approximately 300 faculty, staff, and leaders at Emory.  In addition, we collected feedback from approximately 60 Principal Investigators through an online questionnaire.

The Research Administration Working Group analyzed the data that was collected and identified key areas for improvement. Multiple vetting sessions with the greater community were held to gather feedback on the opportunities for improvement and recommendations. 

To date, the Business Practice Improvement Research Administration Working Group (which is composed of approximately 35 individuals from across campus) has:

The Working Group would like to thank the many faculty and staff members who have participated in focus groups, interviews, and other information gathering activities.

For more information about the project, click here:  PROJECT OVERVIEW DOC