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Improving the grant management process - the nation's leading research institutions work smarter with grant management, grant accounting, effort certification solutions from IT Works.
Improving the grant management process - the nation's leading research institutions work smarter with grant management, grant accounting, effort certification solutions from IT Works.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics manages twice the amount of grant-funded activity as previous years with the same amount of staff. The organization streamlined grants management processes including accuracy of budgeting, reporting, audits and other key functions. Read the case study to see how easy-to-use grant management software integrates financial data, automates budgeting and other core functions, putting timely data in the hands of those departments that need it.

 http://www.itworks-inc.com/2014/11/12/professional-association-streamlines-grants-administration-manages-twice-grant-volume-without-adding-resources/

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Time for a sneak peek at the new home of #TheJames! Check out the beautiful terrace on the 14th floor!
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Many University research institutions need help tracking pre and post-award information, especially at institutions with a significant number of proposals, grants or research projects.  The key is to find a solution that helps organizes and provides quick access to essential information for both day-to-day management and institution wide reporting.

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It’s clear that collaboration has long been an integral part of research. What’s noteworthy today is that collaboration is moving away from the approach of collaborative research within departments or institutions, to one of forming partnerships and research initiatives across major institutions.

There’s power in collaboration, since this approach increases the potential pool of funding sources from academic, government and private industry. When institutions collaborate, they essentially expand the possibility to be more competitive in attracting funding. Collaboration opens up a new world of industry/university cooperative endeavors.

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This +NPR news story takes a close look at the evolution of University research through the last decade.  Lots of interesting insight and well worth the read.... 
We caught this story on +NPR Morning Edition.  Some thoughtful information about the state of University research funding:  

Would be interested to get reaction from research universities as to whether they have experienced these issues.... +research 

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It's been said that taking the first step is often the hardest.   We see that often, research administrators are often challenged to take the first step to improve process and cut wasted effort.

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Throughout my 27 years of involvement with university accounting software installations, I have been constantly reminded of the fact that departmental and central level administrative operations are different. And in many cases, the administrative philosophies within different departments at the same university differ as well.

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Puma's skeleton is built and almost ready to fly (http://bit.ly/1knbCKS), our new actuated valves have arrived, and Stephen Palapoli coddles his new baby (the H2O2 fuel tank)! — with Alwin Paul and 3 others at Penn State.
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This year, NCURA puts the focus on the future of research administration. See our post about next week's conference in Washington DC, and please stop by booth 204 to see us!  Our post shares details:  http://www.itworks-inc.com/2014/08/05/whats-ahead-research-administration-challenges-find-ncuras-annual-meeting/

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Check out these grant management best practices... As scientists, college and university faculty, and high powered research teams continue to push the envelope of discovery and service through sponsored awards and expenditures, issues of financial management and compliance have given rise to a heightened need for proven technology-based financial, grant, and human resource solutions to alleviate this growing administrative burden.
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