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NCURA Peer Programs

Unit-Level Sponsored Programs Review

Standards for Effective Unit-Level Sponsored Programs Operations

The NCURA Unit-Level Standards represent baselines for sponsored programs operations located at the college, school, or organized research unit level and that provide a supportive environment for the conduct of extramurally funded activities.  Similar to the Central-Level Standards, they guarantee your unit-based operation is assessed against a consistent set of features applied to all institutions.   Unlike an audit, the totality of a sponsored programs operation is assessed. While recognizing that institutions differ in organizational structure and institutional priorities, these Standards reflect how the institution integrates the sponsored programs enterprise with its institutional goals and expectations and operationalizes effective sponsored programs administration. 

Interested in learning more about the Standards? Contact us to request a copy of the full Standards, which contains the detailed description of what NCURA Peer Reviewers consider when conducting a Peer Review. 

Unit-Level Commitments 
I. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Planning.
II. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Organization. 
III. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Staffing. 
IV. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Resources. 

 

Unit-Level Research Administration Communications
V. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Communications. 

 

Unit-Level Research Administration Policy Understanding
VI. STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Policy Understanding. 

 

Program of Education About Sponsored Programs
VII. STANDARD for the Program of Education About Sponsored Programs. 

 

Assessment and Institutional Preparedness 
VIII. STANDARD for Risk Assessment. 
IX. STANDARD for Institutional Preparedness for Research Disasters or Media Exposure. 
 
Information Management
X. STANDARD for Information Systems Supporting Research Administration. 
XI. STANDARD for Institutional Management of Research Administration Data. 
XII. STANDARD for Research Administration Data Accessible to Constituents. 

 

Institutional Affiliations and Relationships
XIII. STANDARD for Research Affiliations with Other Organizations. 
XIV. STANDARD for Research Affiliations with Non-Employed Individuals. 

 

Unit-Level Sponsored Program Operations: Funding and Proposal Services
XV. STANDARD for Unit Funding Resources. 
XVI. STANDARD for Unit Proposal Assistance. 

 

Unit-Level Sponsored Program Operations: Proposal Review and Submission
XVII. STANDARD for Unit Proposal Review. 
XVIII. STANDARD for Unit Proposal Submission. 

 

Unit-Level Subaward Processing 
XIX. STANDARD for Unit Subaward Processing. 

 

Unit-Level Sponsored Program Operations: Award Acceptance and Initiation 
XX. STANDARD for Unit Award Review and Negotiation. 
XXI. STANDARD for Unit Award Acceptance. 
XXII. STANDARD for Unit Award Activation and Notification. 

 

Operations: Award Management 
XXIII. STANDARD for Unit Fiscal Management. 
XXIV. STANDARD for Unit Administrative Management. 

 

Institutional Integration of Obligations Made with Sponsored Programs Activities
XXV. STANDARD for Institutional Integration of Obligations Made with Sponsored Programs Activities.

 

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What's in the full Standards?

STANDARD for Unit-Level Research Administration Planning.

The institutional priorities and strategic plans as relate to research are clearly articulated and tied to action plans and metrics, defined by research administration, that will support and advance the institutional priorities. The unit (research, center/institute, college, school) understands institutional priorities and has appropriately aligned their strategic directions. The relationship of research strategic goal successes and infrastructure commitments in areas that support research (such as seed or bridge funding, shared cores, release time) is understood by the unit leadership. A commitment to research and sponsored projects is clearly evident at all levels of the unit as appropriate to the culture, mission, and strategic plans.

(This Standard is accompanied by seven features used by the Peer Reviewers in their assessment.)