UMD BRAKE Research Administration Training Team Delivers Workshops in Ireland

UMD BRAKE Research Administration Training Team Delivers Workshops in Ireland


The University of Maryland Borderless Research Administration Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE) program staff traveled to Ireland to give on-site training seminars to research administration staff in July 2019.

The BRAKE team gave workshops on Research Administration Organizational Structure and Aspiring to be a Senior Leader in Research Administration, with 25 staff members from 12 institutions in Ireland. During their visit, the BRAKE team met with University College Cork President Patrick O'Shea, the former Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland (see photo).

The UMD BRAKE program engages international institutions as strategic cohorts, providing administrative training that concentrates on building expertise and collaboration in the management and oversight of U.S. federal funding. This unique, proactive approach to building international research partnerships focuses on sharing knowledge and streamlining administrative functions. These efforts are intended to facilitate research collaborations by reducing administrative obstacles for researchers, while simultaneously advancing UMD's international reputation and status as a top tier global research institution. BRAKE helps encourage joint proposals, research administration knowledge sharing, and researcher exchange programs with international partners.

Since the program was launched, the BRAKE team has trained over 1,600 staff at international partner universities across 18 countries and 6 continents.

The UMD BRAKE team provides face-to-face training for international partners in the following areas:

  • U.S. Compliance and Uniform Guidance
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Administration Organizational Structure
  • Foreign Applications to NIH
  • Aspiring to be a Senior Leader in Research Administration

The Pre-Award workshop gives participants insights into the process of applying for US federal funding and focuses on the corresponding sections of the Uniform Guidance. These topics include, federal funding opportunity requirements, budgeting for allowability of costs, establishing an institutional framework to receive federal funds, risk assessment processes, financial and technical reporting requirements and subrecipient guidelines.

The Post-Award workshop topics include federal funding cost principles and associated internal control requirements, budgeting for allowability of costs, establishing an institutional framework to comply with the receipt and management of federal funds and audit requirements, post award risk assessment processes, financial and technical reporting requirements and subrecipient monitoring.

"Thank you [to the BRAKE team] for sharing your insights with us at UCC the past couple of days. You talked about feedback and for me the interesting aspect lies not only in the similarity between systems, wherein lies a shared sense of recognition and purpose, but also the differences, wherein lie the learning opportunities,” said Dr. Amanda Forde, Senior Research Officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation at University College Cork.

To learn more about BRAKE, visit: https://research.umd.edu/international.

July 12, 2019


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