Administering Research: Award Administration
The Research Track
Stops on the Track
Before starting and during your research, there are training requirements that must be completed. Training
Consider funding opportunities when thinking about your research idea. UIC has many opportunities to obtain funding for your project, as well as information on external funding options. Funding
Some argue that the most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission. Proposal Development
Working through the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACC) helps you comply with federal regulations, state laws and University policies regarding the involvement of animals in research. Regulatory Research Requirements
The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the business and financial operations of the University and assists units in their daily operations- including research studies. In research, OBFS is active in the Post-Award period. Common OBFS tasks include setting up anticipation and project accounts, and budgets in Banner. Award/Contract Processing & Acceptance
UIC has specific personnel who receive, negotiate and accept industry sponsored research awards or contracts on behalf of you and the university.Industry Sponsored Research
Award administration begins with your notification of the award and continues until the financial and technical closeout of your grant or contract is complete. Administering Research
Assistance and guidance is available to help you operationalize and carry-out your research protocol. Conducting Research
Numerous policies govern the management of data and records. The University offers a variety of resources to help you manage your data. Data & Records
The University encourages your pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. Services are available to encourage that innovation, help you prepare and publish your study and/or facilitate effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and your intellectual property. Results & Dissemination
Research responsibilities do not end when results are published. You still have financial, final progress, and invention/patent reports as well as contractual responsibilities to complete. Award Closeout Procedures
Once an award is received, the Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for ensuring that all research activities outlined in the award are conducted in accordance with the Notice of Award and any applicable federal, state, and University policies. The PI holds the primary responsibility of managing the award and all associated purchases, requests, reports, and activities. The UIC Offices of Research Services (ORS) and Grants & Contracts (GCO) can provide assistance to PI throughout the life of the award.
For a list of research administrative assistance that ORS and GCO provide, please visit OBFS Grants & Sponsored Projects Who to Ask.