Research and Sponsored Programs Administration Coordinating Council and Committees

These replace the Research Administration Improvement Initiative (RAII) Committees  

CHARGE and MEMBERSHIP

Updated October 2014

Advisory Committee on Research Administration  (AC-RA)
Research Administration Coordinating Council (RACC)

 

Research Administration Coordinating Council (RACC)

Provide oversight and direction on research and sponsored programs administration issues and initiatives. Advise the Vice President for Research and Vice President for Finance on policies and practices regarding research and sponsored programs administration and compliance and on how to address compliance issues.

  • Address key research and sponsored programs administration and compliance issues and convene working groups as needed to address issues or to support initiatives.
  • Work with the DLCs and central offices in maintaining an environment that supports compliance and strong internal controls.
  • Provide leadership and oversight in making sure that research administrators are properly informed and trained in research administration and compliance issues.
  • Monitor progress on the RACC Road Map and provide oversight, direction, guidance and support to RACC sponsored research and sponsored programs administration initiatives.
  • Provide regular monitoring of research and sponsored programs administration reports and metrics.  Review status of key compliance issues including but not limited to salary certification, cost transfers, cost sharing, service facility management, allocation issues, record keeping and retention, etc.

Meeting Schedule:    Every month with special meetings as needed

Membership (13 members)
Co-Chairs

Controller – Basil Stewart
Assistant Provost for Research Administration – Ron Hasseltine

Asst. Dean, School of Architecture and Planning – Ken Goldsmith
Asst. Dean, School of Engineering – Eileen Ng
Asst. Dean, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences – Marc Jones
Asst. Dean, School of Science – Jim White
Senior Director of Finance, Sloan School – Vickie Monta
Assistant Provost – Doreen Morris
Assistant Provost for Research – Charlene Placido
Director of OSP – Michelle Christy
Director of Financial Operations, VPF – Gerry O’Toole
Institute Risk Officer – Deborah Fisher
Institute Auditor – Michael Moody

Advisory Committee on Research Administration  (AC-RA)

To serve as advisory body to RACC and to the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Finance on all matters related to research and sponsored program administration.  Quarterly meetings will serve as a forum to discuss research and sponsored programs administration issues and activities at MIT.

  • On-going review of research and sponsored program administration policies, training, systems and business practices and processes in the context of changing funding and regulatory environments. Provide feedback to RACC and executive sponsors.
  • Identify opportunities for how OSP and VPF can offer services to the research community.
  • Assess impact of proposed changes affecting research and sponsored programs administration – policies, systems and processes.  Help to prioritize changes and provide feedback to RACC and executive sponsors.
  • Serve as a conduit for information exchange between central offices involved in research administration and the DLC research administration community.

Meeting Schedule:  One meeting per quarter

Membership (32 Member): 
Representative Assistant Deans from large research areas, Assistant Provosts from the Provost Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research, administrative area representatives: OSP, VPF, HR, IS&T, Audit and Risk; a number of DLC representatives with strong research administration experience and broad view.

Co-Chairs
Controller – Basil Stewart
Assistant Provost for Research Administration – Ron Hasseltine