Electronic Research Administration (ERA) is an information technology-based solution to stream research administration. It encompasses everything from using electronic system to system interchange to submit grant proposals to creating a template to print a funding agency's form. ERA incorporates listservs, searching for funding opportunities, making publications available electronically, and faculty profile databases. At Texas State University, ERA is FastLane, GAMS, COS, Grant.gov, IRB, REP, IACUC, Faculty Profile System, and so much more.
1. Sponsors Requests - Sponsoring agencies, particularly federal agencies, are beginning to mandate use of electronic systems for submission and management of grants.
2. Accountability and Compliance - Increasing federal regulatory burden and auditor oversight of University systems will require that Texas State University be able to demonstrate consistency of practices, adherence to regulatory compliance guidelines and proper stewardship of protocols.
3. Being an Integral Partner of Peer Research Institutions - ERA has become a standard operation of many universities. These universities have invested heavily in electronic research administration. Texas State needs to enhance its position to remain an integral partner in shaping the future of research and research administration.
4. Risk Management - There are strategic, financial, operational, compliance and reputational risks in the administration, management and reporting for sponsored research programs. An effective electronic research administration system would enable the institution to mitigate these business risks.
5. Reducing Grant Administration Burden - ERA can help researchers to reduce the time spent on the administration of their grants. It also significantly alleviates grant administrator's burden on managing grants and contracts at all stages.
6. Accessibility of Information - As the volume of research grows, there is an increasing demand for data to assist with decision-making at all levels within the University. Providing access to this information is one of the key objectives of ERA at Texas State University.