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NCURA Webinar: Roles and Responsibilities – How to Assess and Create Clarity

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

A webinar presented by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

Webinar: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
After the Show Talk: 2:35 – 3:30 p.m.

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We each have a role within our institution that includes various responsibilities, and we each have an understanding of that role and those responsibilities. But what if others with whom we work and interact have a conflicting understanding of our role and responsibilities? What if they expect more from us than we believe we are responsible for? Or, perhaps worse, what if they don’t acknowledge the responsibilities we believe we must fulfill! What if something goes wrong on a project – who is responsible? The PI, the institution, the administrator? Most of us find ourselves at some point in our careers trying to figure out just what our roles and responsibilities are, or perhaps trying to help a someone else, such as a PI, understand theirs.

In this webinar we will look at roles and responsibilities in research administration through the lens of 3 institutions. We will examine the difference between responsibility, authority and accountability as impacted by institutional policies and procedures and sponsor terms and conditions. We will also use case studies to identify how gaps in roles and responsibilities can create challenges for an institution, and we will discuss ways to mitigate identified gaps.


  • Urmila Bajaj
    Director of Post Award
    University of Virginia
  • Stephanie Gray
    Assistant Vice President
    University of Florida
  • David Mayo
    Senior Director for Research Administration
    California Institute of Technology

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