by Dara Little
There has been a lot of focus on celebrating excellence over the past few weeks as our University celebrated the many accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff over the past year. Despite challenging times for higher education, NIU has much to be proud of.
The focus on excellence started me thinking about how we seek to achieve excellence in what we do each day in OSP to support faculty and staff external funding efforts.
In an era of increased competition and heightened scrutiny of sponsored programs, research administrators are integral to supporting the research enterprise. For OSP, it means supporting faculty and staff external funding efforts during both the proposal and award stage. In doing this, we’re keenly aware of the administrative burden that can be associated with securing external funding. The 2007 and 2012 Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Faculty Burden surveys found that PI’s spend approximately 42% of their available time for research on pre and post award administrative activities (21% pre and 21% post, respectively). The overall percentage of time spent on administrative activities remained constant over the two surveys. However, the 2012 survey found that administrative burden shifted in recent years from human subjects compliance and subaward monitoring to animal care, managing equipment/supply purchases and payroll, evaluating personnel, and patent applications.
In OSP we work hard to keep these statistics in mind to continuously remind us that our primary purpose as research administrators at NIU is to balance the integrity of our sponsored programs while supporting faculty funding efforts in a way that minimizes administrative burden.
To do this, we strive to provide high quality support to all NIU faculty and staff throughout the sponsored program lifecycle and we seek to achieve excellence by being:
OSP staff have established a number of basic expectations to guide us each day in adhering to the above principles. As such, faculty and staff should expect the following when working with OSP:
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