Preparation for Implementation
of Phase I
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.
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.
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.
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
H. Beck, Vice President of Information
Systems and Computing
B. Rudczynski, Executive Director
of Research Services and Associate
Vice President of Finance
R. Sherwin, Director of the
Office of Regulatory Affairs
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 34, May 27, 2003