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OE Team:

  • Jason Derrick, Transformation Manager
  • Rick Wernoski, Senior Vice Provost for Business Operations


  • Streamline the setup process for federal, industry and non-profit sponsored projects.

Approach: The Research Design Team developed an engagement model to add structure to conversations between central research offices and school/unit research administrators (RAs) and playbooks to guide RAs through the pre-award and award setup process.

Project Dates: March 2019-January 2021

Project Status: In April 2020, the Office of Sponsored Research began rolling out the playbook (federal and non-profit) and engagement model across campus, with the industry playbook forthcoming. More details can be found on the Office of Sponsored Research website.

Ross Babinec, Research Administrator
Stacy Barca, Assistant Director, Research Administration
Yana Biblin, Research Administration Service Center Manager
Dani Burns, Grants and Contracts Administrator, School of Medicine
Greg Burress, Associate Director for Finance and Administration, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Michael Case, Director, Carolina Population Center
Amanda Chang, Assistant Director of Operations, Office of Sponsored Research
Robin Cyr, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Compliance
Christin Daniels, Senior Director of Research and Innovation, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Michael Fern, Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences
Marie Fholer, Business Officer, Biology
Jenifer Gwaltney, Director, Sponsored Projects Accounting
Jill Hamm, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Education
Karen Holmes, Accountant, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Andy Johns, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Jim Kelly, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Research
Raj Kshatriya, Director of Research Administration, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Phil Lee, Grants Management Officer, Psychology and Neuroscience
Cara Marlow, Business Officer, Genetics, School of Medicine
Evie McKee, Deputy Director,  Finance and Administrative Services, Carolina Population Center
Vicki Moore, Business Manager, Epidemiology
Caroline Mozingo, Associate Director, Research Services, Highway Safety Research Center
Cassie Myers, Administrative Director, Office of Human Research Ethics
Chris Nelson, Director of the Office of Clinical Trials
David Paul, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
Holly Rudicil, Accountant, School of Medicine
Diana Stanley, Administrative Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Cristiano Susin, Chair, Periodontology
Jennifer Teixeira, Director of Research Administration, Office of Sponsored Research
Tonya Watkins, Director, Research Admin Service Center
Sonya Watson, Accountant, Biology
Sherry Whitaker, Director, Sponsored Programs Office, School of Medicine
Melissa Wood, Business Officer, Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences
Greg Workman, Director, School of Nursing