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PennERA: Preparation for Implementation of Phase I

The PennERA (Electronic Research Administration) team is currently finalizing the implementation for Phase I of the project. As part of Phase I implementation, the Human and Animal Protocol and Proposal Tracking modules of the PennERA system will be released to the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). SPIN Plus, a funding opportunities application, will be available to the entire Penn community. A valid PennKey and password and a standard web browser will be required to access these applications.

A projected July 2003 release date is based on a "window of opportunity" that appears to best balance the introduction of changes with the least disruption of critical year-end operational activities. The planning assumption behind a release date is of course predicated on the availability and performance of the software products from the vendors from whom we purchased applications. We have every expectation that all software releases as well as testing and training components of the implementation will support release in that timeframe.

In preparation for implementation, ORS and ORA staff will be going through a transitional period as they acclimate to the new systems. We do not anticipate excessive delays with business operations, but we do expect to experience some slowdown during this transitional period. We appreciate your patience as we strive to improve the way we do research administration at Penn.

More Information about PennERA: Additional updates about PennERA will be provided throughout the project. For the most current information, please visit the PennERA project web site at www.pennera.upenn.edu/. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please send an e-mail to pennera@pobox.upenn.edu.

--Robin H. Beck, Vice President of Information Systems and Computing
--Andrew B. Rudczynski, Executive Director of Research Services and Associate Vice President of Finance
--Joseph R. Sherwin, Director of the Office of Regulatory Affairs


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 34, May 27, 2003

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