What’s Happening Now


October 2014

In September 2014, our Research Administration community has come together under the umbrella of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to create the Change Collaborative for Tufts Research Administration (the Collaborative). This is a continuation of the TEAM strategic initiative during which, with the help of consulting groups, Tufts has identified operational elements that support our success in research. Building on this work, the Collaborative has the immediate goal of partnering with faculty and staff across the University to define a research administration enterprise that is tailored to Tufts. The long-term goal is to foster a consistent, high-quality, and responsive research administration enterprise across Tufts University by building upon and enhancing existing internal resources.

The RAS project team is partnering with the Change Collaborative on the proposal development design sessions. Three out of five design sessions with Office of Research Administration (ORA) and Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) have been completed. Over the next couple of months, community focus groups will be held on a variety of topics, allowing those involved in the research administration enterprise at Tufts to share their thoughts and experiences on how to best design our future state. The first community focus group will be held on Friday, November 7, and will focus on Research Administration System, specifically internal proposal routing process and submission of the Grants.gov vs. non-Grants.gov proposals. Your feedback is very important to us.

When: Friday, November 7, 2014


  • Medford: 9am – 10am, Dowling Hall, Room 745B
  • Boston/Grafton: 2pm – 3pm, HNRCA Mezzanine Conference Room

Sign Up Here: http://sites.tufts.edu/collaborative/upcoming-events/
Please sign up using this link so we know how many people to expect!

Feel free to contact the Change Collaborative at racollaborative@tufts.edu or RAS at ras@tufts.edu with any questions or concerns.


June 2014

In April 2014, a reporting capability has been developed that allows the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to generate summary and detail reports on pre-award and award data now being stored in the Tufts Data Warehouse.

In June 2014, the project team began the planning and initiation of the second phase, Proposal Development, of the implementation of the Research Administration System (RAS). The Proposal Development phase will focus on the functionality for researchers and administrators to create proposals, route them electronically for approval, and submit them directly to the funding agency, when applicable.

To create the best system for the Tufts research community, the RAS project team needs faculty and staff to be involved in the design of the system. In the summer and fall, the team will hold design sessions with an RAS focus group to focus on the functionality of the proposal development module. The focus group will comprise faculty members and departmental administrators as well as those responsible for approving grants at a school level. The design sessions will review the needs assessment and requirements that were collected two years ago during the system selection process; topics included the process for proposal routing and administration procedures at the school level, conceptual design of Grants.gov vs non-Grants.gov applications, and budget development.

If you would like to be involved in this effort, please send the team a note to ras@tufts.edu.


January 2014

Six weeks ago, the Institutional Proposal and Awards modules, which constitute Phase 1 of Tufts research administration system (RAS) project, were delivered into production for the Office of Research Administration (ORA) staff. This month, the project team will be working with members of Tufts’ Technology Transfer and Corporate and Foundation Relations offices to bring these benefits to administrators in those offices.

In addition, the RAS project team has been developing a reporting capability that will allow the OVPR to generate summary reports on proposal and award data now being stored in the Tufts Data Warehouse. These reports are expected to be completed in January and will be followed by more detailed reports in March. This data reporting capability will reach its full potential in the second half of the calendar year 2014 when an enhanced set of reports will be developed that combines both pre and post-award data in a more accessible and user-friendly format. Over the next month, the project team will be reaching out to members of the research community as it assembles a working group to provide input into the new report design.


November 2013

Tufts new Research Administration System (RAS) Reaches Phase 1 Milestone

On Wednesday, November 13th, Tufts’ new research administration system (RAS) became available to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). Upon the successful completion of phase 1 of the RAS project, the institutional proposal and awards modules will be fully implemented, thus creating a solid foundation for providing proposal development for Tufts’ research community and administrators in phase 2.

Tufts new research administration system is based on the Kuali Coeus (KC) open-source application. Over the next few months, staff in OVPR and Tufts Technology Services (TTS) will work with outside consultants to complete phase 1. Phase 2 of the RAS project will begin in early 2014. Phase 2 will initiate the implementation of the Kuali Coeus proposal development and proposal budget modules, making the new RAS the central repository for data associated with the entire grant proposal process, from development to submission and reporting.

If you would like to learn more about this project, contact Andy Valenti, RAS Project Manager, at andrew.valenti@tufts.edu or (617) 627-3814.


August 2013

RAS team is in the Design phase of the project’s lifecycle for Phase 1 (Proposal Tracking):

The new Research Administration (RAS) project is on track with the current plan and timeline.

The RAS core project team is collaboratively working with the implementation partners, Huron Consulting Group and Polus Solutions, and managing and developing the new RAS system. The following are some of the key milestones of the project schedule in this phase:

  • Business requirements walkthroughs with the Office of Research Administration (ORA), Office of Proposal Development (OPD), and Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) for their pre-award and non-fiscal post-award administration of grants and contracts workflow has been completed and reviewed
  • Gathering the reporting needs from the faculty, central offices, senior administrators, school and departmental administrators
  • Starting the data conversion process
  • Kuali Coeus v5.1 is running in the development and sandbox environments



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