Program Governance

Bob Andresen

Number of Years in Research Administration: 29

Institutions: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Robert Andresen is the Director of Research Financial Services and Associate Director in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been involved in sponsored projects administration for over 29 years. He and his staff are responsible for all areas of financial and non-financial post-award administration at one of the nation’s largest research universities ($1.1 billion in annual R&D expenditures).  He is responsible for reviewing and writing campus policies to ensure compliance with Federal and State requirements and guidance.  Robert manages teams of professional accountants and supervisors that provide financial reporting and invoicing to extramural sponsors.  The post-award staffs also are responsible for ensuring financial compliance through post-audit transaction reviews, policy interpretations, and training and guidance of campus administrators.  Other post-award activities include sub-award negotiation and monitoring, close-out of all extramural awards, and accounts receivable and revenue management.  In his previous roles as a manager and an accountant in RSP, he has had hands-on experience in all of these areas that he currently oversees.


Robert is the UW Audit Liaison for all Federal and Non-Federal audits.  He works directly with the sponsors and their auditors in coordinating on-site and desk audits and is responsible for submission of all audit responses as well as working on audit resolution.  He also provides training and instruction on sponsored programs administration topics for UW campus administrators and faculty.  Also, in his current position, he has overseen the implementation of several campus wide software systems to manage extramural support activities including award setup, project accounting, effort reporting, financial reporting, invoicing, and accounts receivable.  In addition, he and his staff are involved in the development and negotiation of the University’s F&A and fringe benefit rates.


Robert has been a member of NCURA for over 23 years. He is currently the Immediate Past President.  He has conducted peer reviews throughout the United States and is a Past Chair of the Select Committee on Peer Review.  Robert has presented sessions at regional, national, and international meetings on a wide variety of research administration topics. Robert also has been a co-chair of the annual “Financial Research Administration” meeting and served as National Treasurer and on the Financial Management Committee.  He is a past faculty member for the “Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs Administration” and “Financial Research Administration” national travelling workshops.  He also is a participant in the Federal Demonstration Partnership and the Council on Government Relations.


 Robert received his MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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. 

The reviewers are truly experts in the field and asked detailed and thoughtful questions in a professional manner - as such, their recommendations are being thoughtfully considered for development and implementation.

Executive Director