Individuals/Offices Involved in Research Administration
Research Administration Contacts
The most important person
in the research function is the Researcher. Primary
responsibility for the project rests with the researcher.
The Researcher applies for the grant/contract, performs
the research, manages the staff and finances and
reports on the findings. It is possible for the
researcher to delegate tasks for the project, however
s/he can not delegate the responsibility.
It is important that the researcher
be aware of all facets of research administration.
A network of people, in various offices, exist to
assist the Researcher through the complicated web
of legal, ethical and financial requirements and
The Department to which
the grant/contract has been awarded is another important
player in research. The Department may assist the
researcher in issues such as personnel, space requirements,
purchases, etc. The extent of the involvement of
the Department varies by department. The office
of the Chair must be aware of who is conducting
research, where it is being done and the financial
status of the project.
CSD oversees matters relating
to research administration in the Faculty of Health
Sciences. These include the entire pre-award process,
as well as post-award functions such as ethics,
research space, the Central Animal Facility, and
other central facilities.
The Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS) is responsible for all non-financial matters relating
to research administration of all non-Health Sciences
The Office of Research Contracts and Intellectual
Property provides support for all contract research
at McMaster University. Functions include the development
of the contract, the terms, and follow-up where
necessary with the Researcher and the agency. All
contract research must be approved in advance by
There are two Research Finance offices at McMaster,
one for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the
other for the remainder of the University. Each
office is responsible for the day to day financial
matters relating to research account administration.