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 every boat we have in grants administration. While we are still waiting for most agencies to tell us officially how they are implementing the new guidance requirements, agency staff have are also busy trying to figure out how to standardize data elements they use to report awards as required by the DATA Act. Congress may have done little, but they argued a lot in 2014, for example: considering whether NSF should fund social science and climate science research, and digging into NSF’s peer review process. Grants communications issues made headlines in 2014 as well – we know how the urge to excel can harm individual reputations and also saw how institutions can spin their researcher’s findings in ways that titillate [Chronicle of Higher Education summary behind paywall], learned again how hard it can be to change the minds of those with whom we disagree, and realized we are being consumed by big data. And finally, we learned that sex does matter in research – and maybe in research administration.
Roger has worked in research administration including pre-award, compliance, conflicts of interest, animal facility and recharge center management, and information systems for more than 25 years. His focus in recent years has been on electronic research information systems, working since 2006 with InfoEd Global and its client institutions in his role as Associate Vice President for Product Management. Roger is an expert in the area of electronic proposal submission and works closely with colleagues through the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), SRA and NCURA sharing information and participating in working groups.