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PennERA nears end of Phase I with the release of SPIN Plus

April 7, 2004 :: Teresa Leo, Information Systems & Computing Communications Group

The PennERA (Electronic Research Administration) Team is pleased to announce that SPIN Plus was migrated to an onsite Penn server on March 8, 2004.  SPIN Plus is a comprehensive, web-based service that provides the most current information on available funding opportunities (national and international) for research projects.  

For more information on SPIN Plus as well as an update on the PennERA project, see the March 30, 2004 Almanac article at
          http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/v50/n27/pennera.html.

The implementation of SPIN Plus completes the rollout of Phase I modules of PennERA, which is a multiyear initiative to develop streamlined processes and more efficient tools for handling pre- and post-award administrative tasks related to the sponsored projects of Penn's academic research community.

In addition to SPIN Plus, Phase I included release of four other components of the system:

  • The Human Subjects Protocol Tracking module, used by the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) to manage human protocols that are currently active or under review   
  • The Lab Animal Protocol Tracking module, used by the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) to manage animal protocols that are currently active or under review   
  • The Proposal Tracking module, used by the Office of Research Services (ORS) for collecting, tracking, and reporting on application and award information for proposals
  • Human Subjects Adverse Events Reporting System (PennAEs), used by principal investigators (PIs), clinical coordinators, and staff in the Office of Regulatory Affairs for tracking, collecting, and reporting serious adverse events involving human subjects

These components provide a solid foundation for the more extensive protocol and proposal development modules to come in later phases.  For more details about the PennERA project, please visit the PennERA project web site at http://project.pennera.upenn.edu/.



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