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Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC)
Expand the subcommittee headings to learn more about their membership. Scroll down to see meeting minutes and bylaws.
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.
Following are lists of the RAAC committees and their charges. Expand the subcommittee headings to learn more about their membership. Scroll further to view FAQs about RAAC.
1. RAAC Executive Committee
The RAAC Executive Committee (EC) establishes the framework and sets the tone for the overall RAAC.
Co-Chair: Andrea Anderson
Co-Chair: Debbie Talley
2. The RAAC Faculty Advisory Council
The purpose of the RAAC Faculty Advisory Council (RAAC FAC) 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: Sean Ahlquist
3. The RAAC Communications Subcommittee
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: Cathy Liebowitz
4. The RAAC Metrics Subcommittee
The RAAC Metrics Subcommittee aspires to assist those interested in research administration data by enabling them to acquire the information desired to meet their strategic and operational data needs. The group seeks to accomplish this by helping users know where to locate reporting resources, how to use those resources, and by advocating for the best possible availability and experience with the related tools and datasets.
Chair: Jennifer Huntington
5. The RAAC Process Subcommittee
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: Anne Thomson
6. The RAAC Training Subcommittee
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, recommend new training, and participate in the development of new training using a variety of training delivery modes. Subcommittee members will also participate in working groups to support the ongoing professional development of the research administration community. The subcommittee will also provide advice and counsel to the ORSP/Sponsored Programs Training Manager.
Chair: Patrick Lagua
Raquel de Paula Silvius
7. The RAAC Committee-at-Large
The RAAC Committee-at-Large(RAAC CAL) has two representatives from each school, college, unit, Institute, including UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint and the research-related central offices.
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.