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Volume LI, Number 1 Author Nathan L. Vanderford University of Kentucky As we usher in a new decade, I am excited that the   Journal of Research Administration   is entering into its 51st year of being the premier scholarly journal for disseminating education, training, and scholarship related to the field of research administration and management. In this issue, in particular, we celebrate the international nature of our field and the possibilities of strengthening our discipline through our international collaborations and interactions. We live and work in a complex global economy in the broadest sense, and, as research administrators, we ...
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Volume LI, Number 1 Success? Learning to Navigate the Grant Funding Genre System Author Lynn McAlpine University of Oxford, UK Abstract An award as principal investigator (PI) is an aspiration for many post-PhD researchers. However, we know little of the actual journey from PhD graduation to achieving this goal. Using a qualitative narrative approach, this study explored how eight science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine post-PhD researchers (on contracts and fellowships) achieved PI-ship, specifically, how they learned to use and navigate the funding systems within their working contexts to achieve grant success. They were ...
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Volume LI, Number 1 Measuring the Startup Journey and Academic Productivity of New Research Faculty through Systems Engagement, Project Efficiency, and Scientific Publication Author Holly R. Zink Children’s Mercy Hospital Jack D. Curran Children’s Mercy Hospital Abstract Little is known about the process of tracking the activity and days-to-productivity of new research faculty in pediatric academic medical centers in the United States. The purpose of this study was to design a quantitative technique for measuring the startup journey and academic productivity of new research faculty at an established research academic medical center. ...
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Volume LI, Number 1 Scaling up Professionalization of Research Management in Southern Africa Authors Charmaine Williamson University of South Africa Karin Dyason Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association Jose Jackson Michigan State University Abstract In the furtherance of knowledge, researchers and research are supported organizationally, but sometimes organically. Yet the research enterprise needs to be systemically managed. Research managers, however, are still striving to define their functions. Is research management part of the continuum of research itself? Is it an occupation? Is it a profession? ...
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Volume LI, Number 1 Creation of a Structured Performance-Based Assessment Tool in a Clinical Research Center Setting Authors Marcus R. Johnson Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill A. Jasmine Bullard Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System Grant Support The project reported/outlined here was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Cooperative ...
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Volume LI, Number 1 Reprint 2011: Conscious Efforts to End Unconscious Bias: Why Women Leave Academic Research Authors Debra M. Easterly, EdD Idaho State University Cynthia S. Ricard, PhD Office of Research Integrity (ORI/DHHS) Foreward After re-reading the article by Easterly and Ricard on reducing unconscious bias to retain women in academic research I find myself having mixed feelings with regard to the progress we have made the publication of this important work. On the negative side, this article is, unfortunately, as timely and relevant as it was when it was published. The representation of women faculty in institutions of higher ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Creative Curiosity and Thinking like a Researcher Author Holly R. Zink Children's Mercy Hospital Every day, Research Administrators demonstrate creative vision, professional ability, and ethical standards to provide leadership and promote research project management. There is an opportunity for research administrators to think and act like any other scholar, and this includes sharing our knowledge through publication. While administrators are used to playing the role of a project manager, we must also become accustom to playing the role of a researcher by sharing best practices through the research administrator community. The Journal ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Reflections from a Fellow in the Journal of Research Administration’s Author Fellowship Program Author Angela J. Silva With the completion of the third cohort of the  Journal of Research Administration’s Author Fellowship Program ( JRA -AFP), I suspect many of the Fellows are deep in the manuscript development stage, refining their ideas for a  JRA  submission. Just a few short years ago, I was doing the same thing—writing and revising my article as part of the first Fellowship cohort. You might be wondering what I thought about the program and what my overall experience was like. Let me share a bit of my journey with you. For ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Operational and Fiscal Management of Core Facilities: A Survey of Chief Research Officers Authors Jason R. Carter Michigan Technological University Douglas L. Delahanty Kent State University Jane E. Strasser University of Cincinnati Alicia J. Knoedler University of Oklahoma Gillian Wilson University of California Riverside Ralph K. Davis University of Arkansas Don Engel University of Maryland, Baltimore County Abstract Sharing research equipment and personnel across investigators and laboratories has a long-standing history within research universities. However, the coordinated management of centralized, ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Strategies for Increasing Research at a PUI Author Dr. Tracy Eisenhower , CRA Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute Abstract The purpose of this study was to analyze and develop an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of an R3, predominantly undergraduate institution of higher education with a high-performing externally-funded research portfolio. This study used a qualitative single-bounded case study approach and utilized a focus group structure for the interviews. The research questions sought to identify the perceived factors, characteristics, and resources believed to motivate researchers to participate ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Enabling Collaborative Work in Higher Education: An Exploration of Enhancing Research Collaborations Within an Institution Authors Jun Song Huang National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Andrew Brown UCL Institute of Education, London, UK & University of Newcastle, Australia Abstract Higher education institutions are facing an increasing demand to collaborate with each other in the knowledge economy. Yet, research on how higher education management enhances collaborative work is rare. This paper takes research collaboration as an example and presents a provisional exploration initiated ...
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Volume L, Number 3 How the Federal Government Actually Works: The Reflective Experiences of a University Research Administrator Who Took a Federal Government Job (VA) Author Rene Hearns VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System Abstract Even though research administration is governed by one body of law and regulations within the United States of America, there are many differences on how these laws are implemented. These differences are determined by the type of entity (Federal, state, non-profit, corporation) and may have further laws and regulations imposed by the state in which the organization is located. This paper will compare the differences of ...
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Volume L, Number 3 Success Factors for University Research Development Offices and Activities Authors Roxana Ross, Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University Jennifer Reeves, Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University Karin Scarpinato, Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University Maureen Pelham, M.S., M.H.A. Florida International University Abstract As a relatively new function of the academic research enterprise, research development offices and research development activities are being used to improve grant funding success and achieve university research goals. This article describes and analyzes survey data collected as part of a sequential explanatory mixed methods ...
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Explore the full original edition here. The Journal of Research Administration (JRA) is celebrating its golden anniversary this month; in July 1969, the first issue of the Journal of the Society of Research Administration was published. The journal changed its name to simply the Journal of Research Administration in 2000. To celebrate this major anniversary and publishing milestone, in this special issue, we are republishing the inaugural issue of the journal. In doing this, it is important to reflect on the past, present, and future of JRA. In reading the first issue of the Journal, two major takeaways come to my mind. First, the articles ...
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Spring 2019 Celebrating 50 Years of Research Administration Scholarship The Journal of Research Administration (JRA) is turning 50 this year! Throughout the year, we will celebrate this half a century of research administration scholarship through a number of initiatives and events. First, we will be re-publishing the first issue of the journal in July 2019. Each issue published this year will feature a cover that harkens back to that of the first issue’s cover. We will also be publishing special commentaries throughout the year including Ira Goodman’s commentary in this issue in which he reflects on his 50 years working in the field of research administration. ...
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Volume L, Number 1 Developing Language to Communicate Privacy and Confidentiality Protections to Potential Clinical Trial Subjects: Meshing Requirements under Six Applicable Regulations, Laws, Guidelines and Funding Policies Authors Fanny K. Ennever Compliance Department, Boston Medical Center Sean Nabi Compliance Department, Boston Medical Center Patricia A. Bass Office of General Counsel, Boston Medical Center Lilly O. Huang Office of General Counsel, Boston Medical Center Emily C. Fogler Partner, Verrill Dana, LLP Introduction An effective process for satisfying the ethical obligation to obtain informed consent for participation in clinical research ...
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Volume L, Number 1 Utilization of a Paired Comparison Analysis Framework to Inform Decision-Making and the Prioritization of Projects and Initiatives in a Highly Matrixed Clinical Research Program Authors Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System – Medical Center Melissa Middleton, MSW, LCSW Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center, New Mexico VA Health Care System Mackenzie Brown, BS Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System – Medical Center Tara Burke Cooperative Studies Program ...
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Volume L, Number 1 AB20 and the California Model Agreement: Insights from Implementation and Streamlining of State Contracting with Academic Institutions Authors: Paul S. Martinez University of California, Berkeley Background In Fiscal Year 2006–2007, the University of California and the California State University received approximately six billion dollars ($6,000,000,000) from the State General Fund, through more than 2,500 contracts or contract amendments from state agencies and departments. Prior to AB20 implementation, proposal requirements and contractual terms and conditions differed vastly depending on the state agency, university, university ...
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Volume L, Number 1 Grant Proposal Preparation Readiness: A Glimpse at the Education Level of Higher Education Faculty Authors Kristin M. Shuman Concordia University Ann Arbor Current Demographics of Grant Writing Currently, external grant funding is changing the landscape of both medical and non-medical research and development (NIH, 2016; NSF, 2016). The technological advances and growth in fields such as: (a) engineering; (b) pharmaceuticals; (c) biomedical sciences; and (d) other medical and non-medical fields, are changing how research is performed, as well as the content of the studies. The opportunities for investigators to gain knowledge and ...
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Volume L, Number 1 Catalyzing Clusters of Research Excellence: An Institutional Case Study Authors Kyle W. Demes The University of British Columbia Gail C. Murphy The University of British Columbia Helen M. Burt The University of British Columbia Introduction Interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers generally increases productivity, generates higher impact work (Wutchy, Jones, & Uzzi, 2007), and results in the training of more collaborative researchers (Hampton & Parker, 2011). In light of the mounting evidence of the benefits of collaborative research (e.g., Adler & Stewart, 2010; Beaver, 2004; Jones, Wutchy, & ...
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