Research Administration

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."
~ Rachel Carson


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:

Ginger Steelman, ORAA Director / / 410-221-2014
Barbara Higgins, Senior ORAA Accountant / Invoicing and financial reporting / / 410-221-2009

Kuali Research (KR) is being implemented at UMCES!

ORAA has been hard at work preparing for the implementation of Kuali Research (KR), and now the rollout is finally underway!  KR is an electronic cloud-based research administration system that supports the management of sponsored projects from conception to closeout and virtually everything in between.   KR builds upon the basic preaward functionality (proposal preparation, routing, and submittal) currently available in Cayuse and adds robust reporting, compliance management and  comprehensive postaward research administration to the mix.  Learn more about KR functionality and the implementation timeline on the ORAA Kuali Research page.

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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