Improving Research Administration Initiative

Regional Integrated Service Delivery

A new model for delivering integrated research administration and other services has been developed and is now being deployed.  The “regional model” aims to create integrated service teams to provide clusters of schools, colleges, and organized research units with research administration, human resources, purchasing, travel reimbursement, and other aspects of administration.

ERSO, the regional services team serving the College of Engineering, the School of Environmental Design, and the School of Information, has been in operations for several years and is considered the first regional service team. The CHaMPS region, serving the College of Chemistry and the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; and the BEST region, serving the College of Natural Resources and the Division of Biological Sciences both became operational in 2018. The approach is now being deployed across additional regions to support academic and research units across campus with a goal of all regions being operational by early 2019. 

Five academic regions and one administrative region have been identified. The five academic regions are:

  • ERSO – Colleges of Engineering, Environmental Design, and School of Information (in operations);
  • CHaMPS – College of Chemistry and the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (in operations);
  • BEST – College of Natural Resources and Division of Biological Sciences (in operations);
  • Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities; and
  • Professional Schools

A sixth region will serve employees in administrative units, the University Library, auxiliaries, and Intercollegiate Athletics. 

Each region will have a Regional Associate Dean and a Regional Director directing the operations. Associate Deans and Directors will meet periodically to discuss issues affecting service delivery across all regions.

About the RA Improvement Initiative

UC Berkeley is committed to continuously improving its research administrative services, enabling faculty and principal investigators (PIs) to sustain Berkeley’s reputation as the world’s leading center for the creation of new knowledge.

The goals of the Research Administration (RA) improvement initiative are to provide effective support to faculty and PIs;  ensure the University is using resources safely, ethically, and efficiently; and, to foster a high-performing culture and integrated network of processes and systems that lead to continuous improvement.

The RA improvement initiative will achieve its goals through two primary efforts: the development of an integrated service delivery model and a series of process improvements targeting each phase of the RA end-to-end process.