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ELECTRONIC RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION TOOLS OFFERED AT TRAM WEB SITE
The Texas Research Administrators (TRAM) Web site, offered through the CRPC at Rice University, gives university researchers, research administrators, and small business owners a tool for locating funding opportunities and processing the cumbersome paperwork normally associated with grant proposals. Now in its third year, this tool has grown from a simple gopher-based respository to a widely praised Web- based resource for electronic research administration.
Danny Powell, CRPC Associate Director for Business, presented a prototype collection of online forms and electronic research administration tools to his fellow TRAM members. They developed a gopher-based collection which became a Web site in 1995, and shortly afterward, two national organizations to which Powell belongs, the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), adopted the TRAM site for their own Web pages. Earlier this year, Powell received the President's Award from AUTM for his efforts in creating and implementing the AUTM Web page.
According to Zhiying Chen, CRPC student assistant and maintainer of the TRAM site, the most popular part of the site is its impressive listing of agency forms. Visitors can download Microsoft Word and Excel documents for both PCs and Macs, modify them for use in their own institutions, fill them out on their computers, and one day, she predicts, submit them electronically along with their entire proposal packages.
In addition, the TRAM site allows visitors to submit and share online forms that they have created for their own institutions. Chen expects TRAM's forms collection to grow as new versions of software populate the market and more granting agencies go online.
Another popular component of the TRAM site is its online directory of Sponsored Research offices. This feature makes it easy for people to contact research administrators around the nation. To access the TRAM, AUTM, or NCURA
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