Improving Research Administration Initiative

The Regional Model for integrated service delivery

A new model for delivering integrated research administration and other services has been developed and deployed. Following the success of ERSO, 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.

The first pilot region consisting of the College of Chemistry and the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (the "Physical Sciences region") is now in operation and is testing the effectiveness of this service-delivery method. With feedback from the Physical Sciences region, the concept will be deployed across additional regions to support academic and research units across campus.

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

  • ERSO (in operations);
  • Physical Sciences (in operations);
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities; and
  • Professional Schools.

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

Ron Cohen, Professor of Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been instrumental to the design of the regional model and will serve as the Regional Associate Dean of the Physical Sciences region.  Samantha Yee, who recently joined UC Berkeley after 15 years in research administration at UCSF, is the Regional Director and will have full budget and personnel authority for the success of this region, with a dual reporting relationship to both the academic clients and the administration. The Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Professional Schools, and Administrative Regions are now actively identifying Associate Deans and Regional Directors to deploy their regions.

As part of the integrated model, a new web portal for research administration services will be deployed to the pilot region clients for testing and eventual rollout to the entire faculty.

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.