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Institutes of Health ERA Commons
What Is It?
in the generic sense, is simply doing research administration
electronically. It encompasses everything from using EDI
to submit grant proposals to creating a word template to
print a funding agency's form. ERA is building a home page for a sponsored
research office or utilizing the web to find out about a
grant application. ERA
listservs, searching for funding opportunities, making publications
available electronically, and faculty profile databases.
ERA is FastLane, GAMS, COS,
Edison, EFT, InfoEd,
ScienceWise, IRIS, TRAM,
and so much more.
is the Future:
The future of not only research administration, but the
future of commerce as a whole.
web site is currently being developed as an aid to help
others find out more information about ERA. It will be a constantly evolving site.
To be the best site possible, your input is needed. If you
have ideas about how to improve this site, if you are interested
in adding content, or if you just want to offer assistance,
please let us know by e-mailing the ORA
Will It Happen?
in the generic sense of data management, template use, and
communication, has been a reality for years. However, in
the past couple of years, with the onslaught of the internet
and the world wide web, ERA
has changed from simply a way to make the job of the research
administrator easier, to a whole new culture for research
and research administration as a whole. Less than two years
ago, the first pioneering research administration offices
were creating their web sites and the ERA
Demonstration Project was just beginning. Today,
most offices can no longer live without the web as simple
means of disseminating information and NewERA
is already testing electronic data interchange (EDI) standards.
does the future hold? Any researcher, their staff, and central
administration may be able to access all facets of the administrative
side of research from any terminal (computer, web t.v.,
whatever!) with an internet connection. PIs will learn about
funding opportunities (e-mail, web notification), transfer
that information to a grant proposal, submit it electronically
(EDI or HTML), with all the compliance issues covered in
the background. The funding agencies receive the proposal,
it is automatically entered into their management systems,
and routed to the reviewers, ultimately reducing the time
from proposal to funding.
accomplishes several of these tasks. NIH has some incredible
ideas and projects in the making (e.g., Edison, E-SNAP, Form 2271).ONR
is not only testing EFT, but actually
doing it. The reality of ERA and all it encompasses is
not that far off in the future.
Will It be Done?
Research Administration (ERA)
is being accomplished in a variety of ways including:
plans for this site include detailed information about these
is actively being worked on by:
Federal Funding Agencies
Private Funding Agencies
Vendors supporting the research enterprise
have also been many partnerships formed across these groups,
is involved in ERA in a variety of avenues including on-line forms
(E-RAS, an electronic "Request for Authorization to
Spend Funds Prior to Receipt of an Award Form"), UCLA
internal forms in templates (The "Extramural Proposal Approval and Submission Summary" familiarly known as the "EPASS"
and OPRS), and electronic publishing (Challenge Magazine.)
Electronic Research Administration
Agency Electronic Research
National Science Foundation
page update on 06/15/2012