In mid-November, a search committee was convened to conduct a comprehensive national recruitment for the new Director of Research Management Services. Marge O’Halloran, who has led the unit since its inception in 2011, retired at the end of January.
In early 2015 UCSF entered a collaborative agreement with Transnetyx, a genotyping company already providing their services to many UCSF labs, to develop a software tool for all UCSF lab staff to manage their mouse colonies. The goal of this colony management system is to decrease the amount of time lab staff spend managing their mouse breeding data and allow them to focus their efforts on conducting important, life-saving research. Additional benefits include better management of animal resources, improvement in data quality, and cost savings. For the full list of benefits please refer
UC Office of the President recently published the 2016 Quarter 1 Contracts & Grants Award Report, which highlighted a $128 million increase in award funding for the first quarter of fiscal 2015-16 compared to the first quarter of last year. As extramural funding from private and federal agencies continues to increase, the need for departments to monitor proposal and award metrics is evident.
The volume of subawards issued under research grants and the complexity required of the subaward process have been steadily growing over the years. This combination of factors presents operational challenges that need to be continually addressed to meet the needs of our researchers and the partners with whom UCSF collaborates.