We established the Research Administration Coordinating Council (RACC) in 2008 as an umbrella organization to bring together key staff and stakeholders from central offices and academic areas around MIT. The goal: to discuss issues, review policies and programs, and work on projects that require broad expertise, collaboration, and community involvement. Sponsored jointly by the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Finance, we make recommendations and launch improvements with the coordinated efforts and resources of our members, who represent these offices:
- Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
- Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF)
- Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR)
- Office of the Provost
- Offices of the Deans for the five schools
We have accomplished a number of key goals since our group began work in 2008:
- Improved processes and compliance of salary certifications.
- Completed and submitted reports in conjunction with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—led by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Vice President for Finance.
- Created the Principal Investigators brochure for the Research Administration Improvement Initiative (RAII) project, published by OSP.
- Developed a code of responsible conduct for the research process (with OSP).
- Initiated sponsored award pre-closeout notice to support timely financial reporting.
- Launched a training program for comprehensive sponsored projects administration (SPA).
We are focusing now on several objectives that include:
- Increasing compliance efforts.
- Developing research quality indicators and diagnostic metrics.
- Simplifying salary certification—eDACCA redesign.
- Creating a cost-sharing team.
- Undertaking administration improvement efforts.
- Streamlining proposals—roles, routing, and OSP approval.
And here is what we are planning to tackle in the future:
- Generate new compliance efforts.
- Create a streamlined training grant process and best practices.
- Develop cost transfer documentation and best practices.
- Evaluate and integrate faculty effort management and tools.
- Undertake research administration improvements.
- Review research administration certification and credentialing with the OSP, VPF, and Training Alignment Team (TAT).
- Launch a principal investigator orientation and training program.
Ron Hasseltine, Office of the Provost (co-chair)
Ken Goldsmith, School of Architecture and Planning
Eileen Ng, School of Engineering
Marc Jones, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Heather Williams, School of Science
Vickie Monta, Sloan School
Doreen Morris, Office of the Provost
Colleen Leslie, Office of the Provost
Michelle Christy, Office of Sponsored Programs
Gerry O'Toole, Vice President of Finance
Deborah Fisher, Risk Management
Michael Moody, Audit
- Read OSP’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Reporting.
- Review OSP’s Principal Investigator brochure—10 Essentials Every Principal Investigator Should Know.
- Learn about the code for responsible conduct during the research process.
Ron Hasseltine, RACC Co-Chair
Assistant Provost for Research Administration
Pamela Schickling, RACC Co-Chair