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The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) was founded in May 2012, with the primary intention of organizing and energizing the research community around optimizing the pre- and post-award processes at the University of Michigan.
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Following are lists of the members of each of the RAAC committees:
The RAAC Executive Committee (EC) establishes the framework and sets the tone for the overall RAAC.
Co-Chair: Debbie Talley
Co-Chair: Daryl Weinert
The purpose of the Faculty Advisory Council is to include a faculty voice on issues affecting research administration and to support ongoing efforts to reduce the faculty burden in research administration.
Chair: Jeffrey McMahon
The RAAC Communications Subcommittee plans and executes the Research Administrators Network (RAN) meetings; identifies and assesses the communication methods currently used at U-M for research administration; recommends best practices by topic, purpose and or method; and works to develop improved systems that support robust, consistent and effective communications within the research administration community.
Chair: Rebecca O'Brien
The RAAC Metrics Subcommittee seeks to identify effective and efficient metrics that will provide measurable data for strategic and tactical decision-making. Strategic metrics are those that would be used for strategic planning and management decisions by Unit, College, VP or University leadership. Tactical metrics are those to guide/plan/improve day-to-day operations.
Chair: Chris Allan
The RAAC Process Subcommittee seeks to identify and promote changes to research administration processes to benefit the Research Administration community, including pre and post-award and related compliance. The subcommittee will also serve as a resource to central offices on initiatives that need limited input or intermediate feedback.
Chair: Heather Offhaus
The RAAC Training Subcommittee will inventory and assess current training programs available within and beyond the U-M research administration community. The subcommittee will conduct needs analyses to identify training gaps and suggest training to be developed using a variety of training delivery modes. The subcommittee will also provide advice and counsel to the ORSP/Sponsored Programs Training Manager.
Chair: Judy Carrillo
The RAAC committee-at-large has two representatives from each school, college, unit, institute, including UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint and the research-related central offices.
Architecture and Urban Planning,
Art & Design, School of
Business, Ross School of
Dentistry, School of
Education, School of
Engineering, College of
Information, School of
Institute for Social Research
Kinesiology, School of
Life Sciences Institute
Literature, Science, and the Arts,
Music, Theatre & Dance, School of
Natural Resources & Environment,
Nursing, School of
Pharmacy, College of
Public Health, School of
Public Policy, Ford School of
Social Work, School of
Business Engagement Center (BEC)
ITS - Application and Information Services
Shared Services Center
Office of Research and Sponsored
UMOR Research Units
U-M Office of Research (UMOR)
Technology Transfer, Office of (TechTransfer)
*denotes a dual appointment with Sponsored Programs and ORSP
The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) was founded in May 2012, with the the primary intention of organizing and energizing the research community around the concept of optimizing the pre- and post-award processes at the University of Michigan.
The mission of the RAAC is to effectively coordinate the efforts of ORSP, Sponsored Programs, and the research administration community within the schools and colleges to identify issues, develop solutions, and adopt best practices in the research administration arena.
The RAAC is comprised of seven groups:
- RAAC Executive Committee
- RAAC Faculty Advisory Council
- RAAC Communications Subcommittee
- RAAC Metrics Subcommittee
- RAAC Process Subcommittee
- RAAC Training Subcommittee
- The RAAC (committee-at-large)
A full-time project manager, reporting to ORSP and Sponsored Programs, coordinates the work of the seven groups. The project manager serves as a conduit to avoid duplication of effort and helps to prioritize recommendations and ensure that initiatives and outcomes are tracked and documented.
RAN refers to our Research Administrators' Network (RAN) meetings -- networking meetings which are held three times a year and are planned and executed by the RAAC Communications Subcommittee.