I hope the Spring 2020 issue of the SPA Newsletter finds you well. In this time of crisis, I have never been prouder to be a part of the research administration community at MSU. You have shown remarkable resilience while adapting to the changes brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic, finding innovative ways to work, stay connected, and support one another during these difficult times. Thank you for rising to the challenge in support of MSU’s research mission.
We began planning for this newsletter long before the impacts of COVID-19 could be anticipated. As such, most of the articles focus on general updates and resources for research administrators. You will find some useful information and practical takeaways to help make your work more manageable. In particular, I would like to point out the New Resources for Faculty and Administrators, which includes FAQs related to Conflict of Interest disclosures, a chart with Resources for Faculty Disclosures, and helpful information on working with various types of agreements. Please also take note of the article describing the recent updates to the All Award Search Tool. As most of us are continuing to work from home, an article with some helpful tips and resources is also included.
I would also like to remind you that we have created a webpage with COVID-19 information specific to research administration, including links to agency guidance. The website can be accessed through the News section on the SPA homepage.
I hope you enjoy the Spring 2020 issue of our newsletter. For suggestions for future content or feedback on this issue, please contact Erin Schlicher, firstname.lastname@example.org or me, email@example.com.
I appreciate that you are doing your best under extraordinary circumstances. Thank you for your efforts supporting MSU. My thanks also to the authors. Please stay safe.
Twila Fisher Reighley
Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation
Sponsored Programs Administration
Michigan State University