| The Contract and Grant Specialist will independently provide pre-award and/or post-award management for sponsor related funds for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Organized Research Center (STAR-ORC at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine. Pre-award activities include assisting departmental faculty in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals. Ensures all applications meet agency and university guidelines and published time tables and deadlines. Ensures proposals are entered and routed in a timely manner for further review. Post-award activities include detailed reconciliation of assigned project budgets, preparing budget reports, preparing adjustments and corrections in assigned project budgets for further review and approval in order to meet project goals and federal requirements.|
The STAR-ORC serves as the research arm of the Program of Trauma and the Department of Anesthesiology as well as the National Study Center. It includes Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research. It works with diverse funding streams, including but not limited to NIH and DoD and NHTSA, as well numerous industry and foundation partners.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
- Serves as a resource to staff and faculty in preparation, development, review, and submission of grant and contract proposals and applications. Develops evaluation criteria for review of grant and contract applications. Reviews and interprets funding agency guidelines and regulations and advises faculty as to policies and procedures of those agencies as well as those of the state and University.
- Monitor proposal status and advise faculty on requirements and deadlines associated with research protection protocols. Coordinates the grant process from development, review, and submission through the post-award stage. Navigates the contractual process of sponsored awards with both SPA/SPAC and external sponsors for faculty.
- Provides groundwork for subcontract negotiations and assures IRB and animal protocol approvals are current and human subject effort reporting compliance training has been completed by personnel.
- Assists faculty and senior contract and grants personnel in budget development, advising on determination and computation of appropriate salary levels, percentages of effort, fringe benefit rates, and indirect cost rate and base. Interprets data for the purpose of determining past financial performance to develop and prepare financial reports for financial analysis, forecasting, and trending. Devises financial reporting tools and reports.
- Research and identify potential funding opportunities for STAR-ORC priorities and individual faculty research. Assists with metrics and tracking of grants and awards.
- Provide assistance to faculty in interpreting award terms and conditions and maintaining best financial practices to assure compliance with sponsor requirements, university policies and procedures, and relevant laws and regulations.
- Reviews and analyzes data to solve sponsored research problems; escalates serious problems so that appropriate action can be taken. Recommends and implements updates to workflow, practices, and procedures; prepares reports and summaries on research funding.
- Assists in managing contract and grant budget and authorizes establishment of funds. Review and maintain documentation related to cost transfers, requests for expenditures, effort reporting, budget revisions, and fund statements. Coordinates invoicing, accounts receivable, and deposits in the financial system and ensures payments are applied correctly.
- Increase institutional knowledge related to research grants and contracts administration and management and remain current with industry-wide grants management trends/regulations. Assist with implementing changes to UMB policies and procedures to incorporate research administration updates.
- Provide ongoing in-service training to faculty, departmental support staff, and central administration to ensure timely education and information related to research related issues.
- Liaises with campus Sponsored Programs Administration, Clinical Trials and Corporate Contracts, and Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance teams to ensure projects are set up and closed out accurately and in a timely manner. Interacts directly with designation sponsor representatives to clarify ambiguous terms and conditions, and to request supplemental funding, no cost extensions, and other administrative requests.
- Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.