Over the past two decades, Northeastern University has been evolving from a more regionally-focused university with a limited research portfolio, into a national research university, achieving R-1 status in 2015. This rapid transition has included significant growth in enrollment, faculty and facilities, as well as in the number, size and complexity of sponsored research grants. Growth in Northeastern’s research administration infrastructure, however, has not matched the pace at which it has expanded its research faculty and activity.
Accordingly, in June 2017 the Senior Leadership Team chartered an Integration Team for Research Management, or I-Team, led by Senior Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Education Art Kramer, to improve the performance of our integrated research administration systems by recommending enhancements for research administration resources, tools, processes, and procedures at Northeastern. Provost Jim Bean invited representatives from Research Administration, Research Finance, Office of General Council, Research Compliance, Faculty, and Information Technology Services to serve on the I-Team to assess current research administration functions.
Since then, the I-Team has dedicated itself to envisioning a world-class research infrastructure to support a world-class research enterprise, and as part of that process, has met with some associate deans and research faculty, including representatives from the Faculty Senate. In order to broaden the input from stakeholders, the I-Team will be gathering feedback and suggestions from the college administrators and Faculty to improve research support at the university.