Electronic Research Administration (eRA) moves beyond paper, Excel, and limited databases to an integrated and automated system to store and track research activities. There are a wide array of systems available, ranging from just some of the possible activities such as pre-award to cradle to grave systems which cover a much wider range of functionality.

Why should I want it?

An eRa system provides the following benefits to your institution

  • Single point of entry
  • Ease of collaboration
  • Improved workflow
  • Automated notifications
  • Centralized data storage
  • Integrated processes
  • Assures compliance
  • Provides reporting
  • Enforces best practices
  • Large return on investment
  • Eases administrative burden

Functionality available


  • Identification of funding opportunities
  • Proposal development
  • Institutional and faculty profiles
  • Electronic approval and routing
  • Budget development
  • Cost sharing information
  • Sub-contracts tracking

Protocol Management

  • Regulatory protocol development and approvals including IRB, IACUC, IBC and EHRS
  • Electronic submission of protocols
  • Electronic notification of protocol status
  • Animal facilities management
  • Institutional Biosafety management

Clinical Trials Management

  • Budget preparation
  • Integration and use of approved University costs/charges
  • Patient/procedure scheduling
  • Sponsor billing
  • Financial analysis

Submission of Proposals to Sponsors

  • Electronic submissions of proposals to sponsors who support it
  • Hard copy submissions using sponsors templates

Post Award Management

  • Project financial management
  • Project closeout and reporting
  • Subaward management


  • Timely and accurate reporting at all phases of the project life cycle
  • Ability to link sponsored project data with other University systems of record