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Research Administration

"Research is Formalized Curiosity.  It is Poking and Prying with a Purpose."
~Zora Neale Hurston


The Office of Research Administration and Advancement's (ORAA) primary mission is to serve UMCES faculty and administration by assisting in identifying funding opportunities and facilitating the proposal submission process, negotiating awards and assisting with post-award administration. We work to provide friendly, knowledgeable and accurate information regarding federal, sponsor, and institution policies and procedures.

Who We Are:

Angela Richmond, Director of ORAA / / 410-221-2015
Ginger Steelman, ORAA Assistant Director / / 410-221-2014
Barbara Higgins, Senior ORAA Accountant / Invoicing and financial reporting / / 410-221-2009

Coming Soon: Kuali Research (KR) is coming to UMCES!

ORAA is leading the implementation of KR, an electronic cloud-based research administration system that supports the management of sponsored projects from conception to closeout and virtually everything in between.  Learn more about KR functionality and the implementation timeline on the webpage (coming soon).

What We Do:

The ORAA website is divided into four main functional areas:

Proposals | Award Management | Policy and Procedures | Forms

Each of these areas start with Quick Links, to get you the information you need in as little time as possible, and Best Practices, to help you get the biggest return on your greatest resource: your time.

Award Management:

Policy and Procedures:

  • Compliance (animal use, human subjects, export control, etc.)
  • Whistleblower protection information
  • Work flow for best practices
  • Flow charts for document submission and requests

ORAA is also the point of contact for sponsored project invoicing and financial reports: 

Invoicing and Financial Reporting:  

  • Invoices and financial draw-downs (federal)
  • Financial reports and federal forms

Quick Links

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