The offices within the area of Research Administration and Compliance offer a full spectrum of administrative support for research at every step of the process–from pre-award and post-award management to compliance and close-out. Activities are coordinated across units so the staff can best serve and support faculty and staff with the necessary services, resources, and administrative assistance needed. We are cognizant of the increasing administrative requirements placed on faculty researchers through sponsored research and work to reduce this burden in every way we can.

Office of Grants and Contracts Administration

The Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (OGCA) is responsible for providing quality support for pre-award and post-award administration for sponsored research at UMass Amherst. OGCA oversees many aspects of sponsored research administration including processing proposals; awards set up; the management, negotiation, and execution of agreements; and final reporting and project close out.

Research Business Managers Network 

The Research Business Managers Network (RBMNet) works collaboratively with research business managers across the campus colleges and central administration to effectively manage and continuously improve timely, high quality, and coordinated administrative services in support of sponsored research. Through mentoring, coaching, training, and standardization of services we are working to build on the strength of our professional staff to handle the administrative responsibilities of pre-award and post-award grant management.

Our services fall into three categories: research administration consultation and support, proposal development and preparation, and training and outreach.

Research Compliance

Research Compliance oversees all compliance requirements at UMass Amherst related to research under one coordinated unit. Our policies, procedures, and guidelines are designed to support the responsible and ethical conduct of research at UMass Amherst and ensure adherence to all laws and regulations guiding research. We recognize the increasing burden of compliance requirements on researchers and work to provide assistance to decrease this burden wherever possible.

Major areas of compliance responsibilities include animal use and care, human subject protection, biological and chemical safety, export control, responsible conduct of research, conflict of interest, research misconduct and data security and facility access.