NCURA Peer Programs

NCURA Peer Review Programs

The NCURA Peer Review Program is a powerful tool for enhancing your sponsored programs operations. This review is available to all institutions that have at least one NCURA member.
The completely confidential peer review is conducted by a team of nationally recognized research administrators who thoroughly review the sponsored programs area.  Peer Reviews are conducted using  Standards that represent the core and vital functions of sponsored programs-regardless of size and type of institution. These standards have been developed over the past ten years by senior and nationally-engaged research administrators representing the breadth of the field. At the completion of the evaluation, the institution receives a detailed confidential report that provides valuable feedback on program strengths and areas for improvement. This feedback assists research administration in providing quality services, minimizing risk, and promoting a positive culture for research administration. Support your commitment to providing a high quality sponsored programs operation by having an NCURA Peer Review.

NCURA's was the most detailed and thorough external review we have received. It was objective, incisive, and provided recommendations the university will act on to improve our research administration.

Vice President for Research


Explore the Peer Review focus that meets your needs:


A Peer Review of the central sponsored programs review provides a holistic review of the broad functions with sponsored programs at the central level and the institutional commitments surrounding the research and scholarship environment. This review includes the main sponsored programs office at an institution, such as a Office of Sponsored Projects.


At some institutions, sponsored programs activities may be decentralized to a school, college, division, or research unit. Our unit-level reviews provide a holistic review of the sponsored programs functions managed by the unit and the interaction between the unit and central operations.


The NCURA Research Compliance Peer Review (non-financial) examines how your institution integrates its research enterprise with institutional goals and expectations, as well as how it operationalizes an effective research compliance program that promotes an ethical, responsible and compliant conduct of research.


NCURA Global Peer Reviews adapt our sponsored programs reviews for non-US-based institutions. This Peer Review is especially valuable to ensure appropriate processes and approaches are in place when receiving US funding or working with US institutions. The review looks at compliance with US policies.

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