Research Administration

About Research Administration

ProS helps UC Berkeley Faculty and Principal Investigators (PIs) focus on their groundbreaking and world-class research efforts by providing customized administrative and management support for research proposals, grants, awards, and contracts throughout various steps in the lifecycle.

Grant LifeCycle

Research Administrators (RAs) are master jugglers. They: 

  • develop and/or oversee research proposals, awards, and transactions in contract and grant management
  • maintain records in compliance with institutional and sponsor policies
  • manage grant, contract, and award administrative work
  • act as liaisons between departments and collaborate with campus partners to administer financial and accounting services for sponsored awards

Sponsored Projects Office (SPO)

SPO is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposals for submissions. They are also responsible for interpreting, negotiating, and accepting contracts and grants for sponsored projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources on behalf of the University. Check out their website above for a wealth of information about proposal preparation and awards SPO and the Industry Alliances Office (IAO) also give departments approval to submit proposals directly to sponsors but only after they review them and when necessary/appropriate. Check out their website using the link above for more details. 

Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO) 

BRDO provides a range of services focused on bringing more research funding to campus while decreasing the faculty burden in applying for it. If you are thinking of applying for a large funding opportunity but are daunted by the time it would take to coordinate BRDO can offer support. They work directly with Principal Investigators (PIs) and their proposal teams. They provide a range of services, from high-level strategic consulting to more comprehensive support, depending on the nature and requirements of the individual proposal. Specific services to be provided by BRDO are determined with the PI in advance on a case-by-case basis. For more details check out their website above

Contracts and Grants Accounting (CGA)

CGA is primarily responsible for billing and cash collections throughout the life of the sponsored project as well as award closeout. They also prepare and submit financial reports to the funding Sponsor. They manage the internal Billings and Accounts Receivable system in UCOP's Financial Management System to assure data integrity. Check out their website using the link above for more details.