Diane Domanovics


Number of Years in Research Administration: 32

Institutions: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; University of South Florida, Tampa


Diane Domanovics is the Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects in the Office of Research Administration at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). With more than 25 years of experience in research administration, Diane Domanovics has been involved in virtually every aspect of the field. She began her career as a staff accountant in the Controller’s Office at CWRU and grew within the department to become the Manager of Grants Accounting. Diane then moved to the University of South Florida where she held was the Associate Director of the Controller’s Office and ultimately was promoted to Assistant Controller. She returned to CWRU in 2007 and is currently the Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects in the Office of Research Administration.


Diane manages a team of 17 staff members that oversee pre-award activities for all schools within the University, except medicine and all post-award activates for the entire University. This includes proposal preparation and submission, contract negotiation, award setup and management, effort reporting, financial reporting, invoicing, cash management and financial compliance. She also is the Audit Liaison for all Sponsored Project audits.  Her focus has been to forge alliances with key stakeholders across the University to streamline the administration of sponsored programs and make it more accessible to both the University community and the Cleveland area.


In addition to the oversight of sponsored projects, Diane is also involved in development of policies and procedures with regards to sponsor regulations, training of the campus community, and the shift to electronic research administration. She developed the sponsored projects training curriculum for and is currently a trainer for CWRU’s Administrative Professional Series for staff and the Principal Investigator Bootcamp for faculty. Diane has presented at numerous national, regional and local professional meetings.  She has also had a leading role in the selection, customization, implementation, and ongoing support of the University’s electronic research administration.  Diane has also participated in CWRU’s Learn, Engage, Achieve and Develop (LEAD) Certificate Program which explores the relationship between team effectiveness and departmental success and Leadership Deep Dive™ at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management which is designed for senior executives seeking new and innovative ways to advance their organizations. In 2016, she won the President’s Award for Distinguished Service for her outstanding contributions to the CWRU campus.


Diane has been a member of NCURA since 1996 and serves as a NCURA Peer Reviewer. She has presented many national and regional presentations and workshops.  Diane also represents CWRU as the administrative representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP).

NCURA Peer Program engagements are priced as a flat fee, scaled to the sponsored programs total active award dollars in the last fiscal year, regardless of type of Peer Program engagement.