UTSA Office of VP for Research restructure enhances research efficiency, productivity

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(March 1, 2011)--To increase efficiency and productivity on UTSA campuses and help advance the university toward Tier One research status, the Office of the Vice President for Research announces a strategic restructuring.

Under the new organization, the existing Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Contracts and Industrial Agreements will merge to become the Office of Grants, Contracts and Industrial Agreements (OGCIA). James Casey will direct the new office, which will:

  • Manage all UTSA grants, contracts and industrial agreements
  • Identify funding opportunities and sponsors
  • Prepare budgets
  • Develop, route and submit funding proposals
  • Develop, submit and negotiate memoranda of understanding, memoranda of agreement, nondisclosure agreements and material transfer agreements
  • Monitor and train UTSA departmental research administrators

The Office of Post Award Research Administration, currently a sub-unit within the Office of Sponsored Programs, will become the Office of Post Award Administration. It will be managed by Jean Cody and responsible for:

  • Award set-up
  • Ensuring UTSA compliance with federal, state and other sponsor terms and conditions
  • Time and effort certification
  • Program income, ProCard compliance, cost-sharing and cost transfers
  • Close-outs

Additionally, UTSA introduces the Office of Research Advancement and Enhancement (ORAE). Under the direction of Noe Saldana, the ORAE will:

  • Develop and expand UTSA's relationships with state and federal funding organizations
  • Work with the Office of Development to increase UTSA's private funding levels
  • Work with the Office of Business Affairs to represent research in the design and implementation of PeopleSoft
  • Ensure UTSA compliance with federal research regulations
  • Increase UTSA's extramural funding through the development and distribution of Discovery magazine and other research publications to government agencies, commercial and academic research partners
  • Develop and implement research seminars
  • Organize and conduct grantsmanship workshops

Also, Angela Cooke will permanently join the UTSA Downtown Campus as assistant director of research administration.

"Texas taxpayers invest a significant amount of funding in public universities," said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. "As UTSA moves toward Tier One research status, it is critical that we become more productive and more efficient with our time and resources. We expect this reorganization to have a positive impact on the daily activities of our researchers so that they have more time for the teaching and research we recruited them to do."