Date: 2 September 2015, 14:00 until 4 September 2015, 16:00

Vivian Holmes | Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Kim Moreland  | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Context and General Goal

The primary goal of the Global Sponsored Research Administration was to create a supportive environment that allowed research managers and administrators focusing on US grants and contracts in general and with the NIH in specific, to reach their full potential to create, develop, communicate and transfer new knowledge. Recent years have shown that the global reach of universities world-wide have developed dramatically. For each research institution, it is becoming increasingly more important to extend its network of international partnerships and collaborations in education, research, business and healthcare, and with the global development sector, governments, charities and philanthropists. Amongst others this can be achieved by extending and deepening relationships with overseas research organizations.

The Workshop therefore offered interested research managers and administrators a two and one half-day professional development opportunity that focused primarily on the post-award phase of US grants including financial aspects of administering US grants, audits, communication with NIH, monitoring of sub-awardees outside the US. The workshop provided an in-depth look at financial compliance issues through a combination of lecture, case studies, review of audit reports, and a discussion of best practices. The workshop presented the legal as well as financial issues of sponsored programs management.

Vivian Holmes is the Director of Sponsored Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Vivian has been involved in research administration for over twenty years.  As Director of Sponsored Research at the Broad Institute, her primary focus is research compliance and the development and implementation of research policies and procedures including new systems for grants management and financial reporting. 

At the Broad, Vivian oversees the consolidated office for sponsored research; the administrative hub for proposal development, pre- and post-award management and compliance.   The Broad Institute OSR team serves as the frontline interface with external sponsors, collaborators, faculty, scientists as well as all other administrative groups on matters related to funded research.

Prior to joining the Broad, Vivian was Director of Finance and Administration for the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University.  There, she was responsible for finance and operations of academic and pre-doctoral programs in collaboration with Harvard-affiliated hospitals and research institutions.

Vivian has been an active member of the National Council of Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1993 and continues to participate, learn, and train. She serves on several committees including the Board of Directors, is a member of NCURA's Traveling Workshop Faculty and a frequent panelist on operational and compliance issues. Vivian served as NCURA’s 2014 President.

Kim Moreland is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Kim is on the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations and the Federal Demonstration Partnership.  She is a former president of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).  She has served as a member of the NCURA national teaching faculty and the national peer review faculty.  Kim is a recipient of NCURA’s national Award for Distinguished Service in research administration and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration.  She currently chairs the NCURA Select Committee on Global Affairs.