5 Reasons to Invest in eRA Now
Competition for research dollars continues to grow; while budget allocations remain the same. Small-to-mid-sized organizations, for the first time in history, have the capability to compete on a level playing field. If you’re on the fence on how to take your sponsored programs to the next level, here are 5 reasons to invest in how you work that will impact you NOW!
1. STREAMLINE PROCESSES
An eRA solution allows you to automate your local policies and procedures. This automation reinforces your established processes, limits errors, dramatically reduces delays, and eliminates duplicated effort making the entire process more efficient. Staff can be confident that they’re doing the right things and less frustrated with a system in place that supports them. eRA solutions help create, manage and even improve a systematic approach to help an organization optimize its underlying processes to achieve more efficient results. Small adjustments over time can ensure that processes stay relevant and efficient as requirements change or improvement opportunities are discovered.
2. DECREASED FACULTY BURDEN
According to the survey on faculty burden by the NIH “Every research administrator has probably heard her or his faculty members complain that the administrative burdens associated with their research are excessive, are often redundant or unnecessary, and decrease their productivity and compromise their ability to do science and teach their trainees.”
eRA solutions reduce and simplify the requirements not critical to ‘the science’ to help drastically reduce the investigators administrative burden.
However, keep in mind it’s not uncommon for eRA software implementation to also be met with some resistance. After all, transitioning from a paper-based environment an electronic system can be daunting for staff. At Moderas we focus on making this effort as easy as possible to get you up and running quickly with virtually no training (see TurboGrants).
3. ACCOUNTABILITY/ENHANCED REPORTING
Far more often than not compiling accurate reports is a task that creates stress and frustration. You’re left thinking–there just has to be an easier way! Reporting requirements continue to grow. Now, more than ever before there is pressure for proven results. eRA solutions offer centralized data storage. The good ones provide a reporting solution to quickly get clear concise reports that deliver the data your team needs to see. Long gone is the tedium of compiling reports line item by line item which could take hours and sometimes days to complete.
4. TECHNOLOGICAL UPDATES/LESSEN IT BURDEN
Increased use of information technology can reduce the paperwork burden and improve the efficiency of the data collection activities, if and only if you can lessen the IT burden.
Historically, larger organizations were the only ones who could afford IT infrastructures that enabled real-time user collaboration, instant mobility and business continuity, and enhanced security and reliability.
By taking advantage of eRA solutions institutions are leveling the playing field and lessening the IT burden of end-user support. Software as a service (SaaS) allows updates, customizations, and support to fall on the vendor and not on your IT resources. Cloud computing is here and poised to change how the next-generation of research administrators appropriate technology to gain substantial competitive advantages.
5. DO MORE WITH THE STAFF YOU ALREADY HAVE
Useful and important knowledge exists in the experience of your staff. The challenge is harnessing this knowledge in a productive way. More often than not staff is bogged down with data entry, chasing paper, and following up with investigators. This leaves them little or any time to think about or work on ways to improve the process.
eRA solutions take a strategic approach to maximize the efforts of your staff by simplifying the tedium, handing off tasks to investigators who know their data best, and automating workflow so they know exactly where the work is at any time. This should give them time to evaluate how things are working and provide valuable feedback on how to make things even easier.
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