NC State debuts the first phase of an online system that aims to streamline research administration.
Cory Sims works with a dog in the rehabilitation unit at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Faculty researchers have the green light to begin using NC State’s new Research Enterprise Data system for projects that involve the care and use of animals. The first module of the enterprise-level software went live May 1.
Researchers have until May 22 to switch to the new system. However, those who need to file amendments or renewals for existing projects should contact the animal care and use office at [email protected].
“We’re excited to introduce the first module of the system to campus,” says Mladen Vouk, vice chancellor for research and innovation. “The module will streamline the oversight of the many activities across campus involving the humane care and use of animals — which are essential to the teaching, research and extension missions of our university.”
What once required the submission and tracking of up to two dozen separate Microsoft Word documents can now be done online in one place through the Research Enterprise Data system. Principal investigators and designated editors can now fill out an entire initial protocol application in one easy-to-use form, while any subsequent amendments or renewals stay tied to the original within a master document. All associated protocols can be accessed, edited, and bookmarked from a dashboard.
Additionally, all users will be able to view a map showing where their documents are in the review process, making the process more transparent and easier to manage. The Research Enterprise Data system will also make it easier for researchers to pull data for compliance reports.
System training is available now at: go.ncsu.edu/red-system-training.
Quick reference guides, a comprehensive user manual and links to register for eLearnings and in-person training sessions are available. Visit REPORTER to register for upcoming in-person training sessions.
NC State will implement the remaining system modules in phases, including modules for conflict of interest, sponsored programs, human subjects research, and environmental health and safety. The conflict of interest module will go live in the fall.
“Embarking on this project was essential to the continued growth of NC State’s research enterprise,” Vouk says. “There’s still much work to be done, but we are confident the Research Enterprise Data system will streamline research administration at NC State, ultimately allowing for our faculty’s research to make an even bigger impact — from all 100 counties in North Carolina to across the globe.”