ResearchUVA: Next Generation Technology Advancing Research Capacity and Competitiveness at the University of Virginia

Research is a pillar of the University of Virginia’s Cornerstone Plan (http://planning.virginia.edu/current-strategic-plan); it is an engine that draws extramural funding, attracts talented faculty, students and staff, drives the creation of brilliant and inspiring scholarly work and curricula, spurs economic development and generates prestige. The development and submission of proposals to extramural entities, or sponsors, to fund research--and the management of resulting awards--are thus major business functions within the University.

ResearchUVA is an enterprise-wide software platform being developed by the Office of Sponsored Programs in collaboration with ITS Custom Applications & Consulting Services (http://cacs.virginia.edu/), Organizational Excellence (https://organizationalexcellence.virginia.edu/), and the University’s research community to administer research more efficiently, more transparently and more intelligently.

Since its launch in May of 2015, ResearchUVA has been in continuous development as an institutional resource for pursuing and conducting research at the University, with a focus on reducing administrative burden associated with these activities. The overarching goal over the last year has been to replace manual, siloed and paper-intensive processes with a one-stop electronic portal providing investigators and administrators around-the-clock access to the range of information they need to manage sponsored programs, from any device —from account balance information to award documentation to agreement status information.

ResearchUVA: New Features on the Horizon


ResearchUVA was among the 13 initiatives chosen by the Board of Visitors in a highly competitive proposal process for the initial round of support from the Strategic Investment Fund (http://sif.virginia.edu). The SIF award will enable ResearchUVA to make major advances in supporting the research mission of UVA.

Coming in FY 2017:

  • Availability of reporting on the number and dollar value of proposals submitted per month and per year at UVA
  • Enhanced reporting on proposals representing collaborative and interdisciplinary research
  • Capability to track non-funded or zero-dollar value agreements critical to research programs such as: materials transfer agreements (MTAs), non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), data use agreements (DUAs), and memoranda of understanding (MOUs)
  • Enhanced keyword search capability across documents
  • Rollout of data visualization and user/community engagement platforms

We appreciate the support and guidance of researchers, administrators and University leadership over the last several months in helping us develop the foundation of ResearchUVA. We look forward to co-creating with you future iterations of ResearchUVA that will further transform research administration on Grounds. Email us at ResearchUVa-help@virginia.edu with your feedback and questions.