Structuring Central Administrative Research Support

Topics: Organizational Structures, Research Administration, Research Enterprise

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions structure central administrative research support? 
  • How do institutions monitor and respond to quickly-evolving compliance and regulatory reporting requirements that affect research support?


Constantly evolving research compliance and regulatory reporting requirements are placing increasing burden on institutions’ research enterprises, prompting some administrators to reorganize administrative research support to better assist faculty pursuing research dollars. This brief profiles central research support structures at six large research universities, highlighting recent changes made in response to compliance and training demands.

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