Tufts does not have a research administration system, it has a completely manual process. The RAS project will address the following obstacles:
- There is an ever increasing regulatory burden on researchers and staff.
- Newly recruited faculty arrive with the expectation that we have a robust system in place and get frustrated when they see that we don’t have one at all.
- Researchers may need to submit more proposals to a variety of funding sources due to decreases in available funding.
- Trends in research funding are moving towards collaborative projects with multiple investigators; data need to come together from several sources and approvals need multiple routes.