UTSA begins to implement restructuring plan for research division

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(June 20, 2012) -- With support from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and under the guidance of Provost and Interim Vice President for Research John Frederick, the Office of the Vice President for Research has begun to implement the initial steps of the April 2012 Research Enhancement Plan.

The most prominent piece of the plan is an organizational realignment that will help UTSA provide enhanced services and support for researchers on campus. As part of the realignment, several Research Service Centers (RSCs) will be created and distributed around campus by discipline to provide researchers with seamless grant processing assistance.

The RSCs will be staffed with knowledgeable personnel who will assist researchers with the administrative aspects of sponsored projects administration including grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation and submission, grant award processing and management, and grant close-out procedures.

Because each RSC will need to be staffed with various personnel including directors, coordinators and research award administrators, UTSA will create several new positions. All new positions will be posted in STARS as they become available and most are expected to be filled by Sept. 1, 2012.

As a result of the realignment, several staff positions will be eliminated effective Aug. 31, 2012. The affected positions include staff positions within the VPR division and departmental research administrator (DRA) positions funded by the VPR division. All affected employees have been notified, and many of them will continue to work in their current positions through Aug. 31, 2012, to assist with the transition as the RSCs are created and become functional. UTSA has encouraged those staff members whose positions are being eliminated to bid for the new positions.

"I am grateful to the many faculty and staff who contributed the ideas that comprise the Research Enhancement Plan, and I am encouraged by the spirit of the VPR staff who have embraced the changes we are implementing," said Frederick.