For Research Administrators Working in Biomedical Sciences

This page will feature links to resources for research administrators who are new and experienced in the field. They include websites and documents that I recommend to colleagues for information, training and the management of sponsored projects. Please let me know if there are links that don’t work.

Northwestern University Research Administration Services Resources

This section is designed to share resources from the Research Administration Services office at Northwestern University. These are resources that I have shared at presentations and meetings and want to disseminate to colleagues to utilize in their shops. My team develops great resources that have helped our departments manage sponsored research dollars more efficiently and help us train staff who are not accountants. I’m really proud of them – and like to share these resources whenever I can!

Salary and Effort Management Spreadsheet for Faculty and Staff

Sponsored Project Expense Tracking Spreadsheet

Getting Started – The sites we know and love…

NIH Office of External Research – The gateway to the National Institutes of Health and its extramural institute programs.

NSF Proposal Preparation – One useful link to the National Science Foundation and its research opportunities for biomedical researchers. – An introduction to clinical trials and clinical research. – The site we use to upload proposals to the NIH and most other federal agencies.

Pre-Award Resources

NIU Writing Guides – Northern Illinois University Office of Sponsored Projects site to assist investigators (and the rest of us in writing all types of proposals including NIH, NSF, foundation proposals, and the like.

PMID to PMCID Converter – the National Library of Medicine’s PMID to PMCID converter.

Sample NIH Biosketch – A sample 4-page biosketch with instructions for the personal statement for the NIH.

Sample NSF Biosketch and Guidelines – A sample NSF biosketch with guidelines. (Ignore the grant preparation guide link from 2008, it’s been updated, check the website).

Award Management/Post-Award Resources

UCSD Award Management – Blink Index – University of California at San Diego has a nice website that outlines the common financial activities that occur during an award and helps principal investigators understand the role they assume when they accept the leadership of an award.

Ephemera, Etcetera

Retraction Watch – A blog about retractions in scientific publications and the stories behind them.

Ian’s Messy Desk – A blog about Time Management and organizing one’s work in all ways. Simple and thoughtful.

Professional Associations – Why just pick one?

NCURA – National Association of University Research Administrators

SRA – Society of Research Administrators International

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