The administration of research grants and contracts is made complex by the multitude of guidelines and reporting requirements unique to each granting agency or contractor, the multitude of, and the complexity of the requirements. The financial and reputational risks to the individual and to the University of non-compliance can be substantial.
Research funding and administration can extend to capital construction, impact the procurement process, and affect funding available for teaching and operations. Oversight of research is generally shared between the faculty member, the faculty or school, research services, and financial services but other professionals such as facilities, risk managers and procurement are also frequently involved.
CAUBO addresses issues of research administration through its Finance Committee in collaboration with CAURA (the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators).