Research Administration

Berkeley Regional Services (BEST)

Research Administration for provided by BEST Region RA Services. See Contact Information to the right.

The Research Administration unit is responsible for budget analysis, proposal preparation, financial administration and management, and financial reporting for IB and MCB faculty members’ extramurally funded research projects and start-up funds. Additional research support services provided by the unit include all aspects of contract and grant administration, from the preparation and submission of grant proposals through award administration, fiscal expenditure management, financial reporting and final fiscal close-out for research funds.

Pre- and post-award contracts & grant services are available in University Hall. Each Principal Investigator is assigned to one member of the staff for pre-award and post-award services to faculty investigators, their academic researchers, students and postdocs. 

  • The pre-award contracts & grants services includes the following: information about major deadlines, forms for major agencies, budget estimates, preparation of administrative forms (proposal review form, cover page, budget page, etc.), and submission via Phoebe to the Sponsored Projects Office. Staff serve as liaisons between Faculty, the Sponsored Projects Office, campus Contracts & Grants Accounting and General Accounting Offices. 
  • The unit can NOT provide manuscript typing, proposal preparation (except those services listed above), or correspondence related to research.

Please note that the campus sponsored projects policy requires 5 days for SPO review of all outgoing proposals. 
Also CSS Research Administration requests an additional 5 business days to allow the RA to have adequate time to work on the proposal in order to meet the SPO deadline.

Please inform your research administrator as soon as you have identified a funding opportunity that you would like to pursue.