Pre and Post Award Offices

This report explores the organizational structure, staffing, and processes for pre and post award administration at public institutions. Specifically, this brief investigates institutions’ processes for combining pre and post award administration under the office of research.

Key observations from our research

1. Only one profiled institution fully combined the offices of pre and post award administration, while the other three profiled institutions co-locate these offices but have not combined job functions.

2. To ensure that they hire the most qualified staff, research administrators at profiled institutions develop job descriptions for pre and post award staff that highlight position-specific requirements, rather than sharing generic postings.

3.Administrators in profiled pre and post award offices determine technology selection based on what will be most useful to increase and streamline office productivity and efficiency.

4.Contacts at Institution A and Institution B create internal career paths to decrease employee turnover.

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