Research Administration Portal

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is embarking on a transformative project to improve research administration services and efficiency for our faculty, staff and students who interact with our office. Updates on this project are below.

Launched in January of 2020, the new Research Administration Portal (RAP) will be dedicated to helping you manage all your research administration activities including:

  • COI: Conflict of Interests and Commitments
  • IRB: Human Subjects Institutional Review Board
  • IACUC: Animal Research
  • Effort Certification
  • Grants: Pre-award and post-award management
  • Animal Operations and Facilities*

*The Animal Operations and Facilities module is currently under evaluation to determine if it will be implemented as part of the Research Administration Portal or not.

Each of these modules will be developed and implemented in partnership with campus researchers over the next several years. On this page you will find an overview of the project as well as updates as the project moves forward.

As modules come online, this page will also contain a link to access them.


Updates

July 15: The IACUC project team completed a four-week onboarding process with the vendor to identify system requirements and business process changes required for implementation.

The project team is now compiling the proposed system requirements and business process changes and will review them with stakeholders in the research community for feedback. The final system requirements will be approved by the VPRI.

Once the system requirements are approved, the vendor will begin an iterative system configuration and implementation process. This is likely to begin in late-July or early-August. Each iteration will be tested by the project team.

If you would like to receive monthly updates about this effort, please subscribe to the following email list: rap-iacuc-module@lists.uoregon.edu (to subscribe, visit https://lists.uoregon.edu/mailman/listinfo/rap-iacuc-module). 


June 14: Since the full launch of the RAP IRB module, the project is now officially closed. The project team gathered lessons learned and Research Compliance Services continues to offer trainings and provide support for the system. If you have questions about how to submit a study, contact Research Compliance Services by phone (541-346-2510) or email (researchcompliance@uoregon.edu). 

A new Research Administration Portal project to implement an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) module kicked off last week and is underway. Over the next couple of weeks, the project team will be meeting with the vendor to review the IACUC system and identify system configurations and/or business process changes that may be required for system implementation.

As the IACUC implementation progresses, we will continue to share information with IACUC community. If you would like to receive monthly updates about this effort, please subscribe to the following email list: rap-iacuc-module@lists.uoregon.edu (to subscribe, visit https://lists.uoregon.edu/mailman/listinfo/rap-iacuc-module). Monthly updates will be posted on this webpage as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about the IACUC project, you are invited to share those by emailing rapinfo@uoregon.edu


May 12: The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) and Research Compliance Services (RCS) are pleased to announce that the RAP IRB module full launch is now live!

You can now submit all your IRB study transactions at https://irb.rap.uoregon.edu/.

If your active and approved legacy study was migrated to the new system, please remember that the first time a continuing review or modification is submitted to our office, some information will need to be entered and all approved study documents will need to be uploaded to complete the study record in the RAP IRB module. See our Migrated Legacy Study guidance for more details.

If you have questions about the RAP IRB module or how to submit a transaction, contact Research Compliance Services by phone (541-346-2510) or email (researchcompliance@uoregon.edu). 


May 10: There are two important updates to share about the Research Administration Portal (RAP) initiative.

  1. An update about the full launch of the RAP IRB module
  2. The next RAP project that will be kicking off in June.

RAP IRB Module

The full launch of the RAP IRB module is set to go-live in two days on Wednesday, May 12. Please note that on the evening of Tuesday, May 11, the RAP IRB module will be taken offline and be unavailable starting at 5pm. 

As the project team gets ready for the full launch on Wednesday, below are a few points to remember: 

  • Beginning on Wednesday, May 12,all human subject research applications and transactions with the Research Compliance Services office will be managed through the RAP IRB module
  • All active and approved studies that are not yet in the RAP IRB module (i.e., “legacy studies”) will be migrated into the new system prior to Wednesday. No action is required to establish the study record in the system. 
  • The first time a continuing review or modification is submitted for a legacy study, some information will need to be entered and all approved study documents uploaded to complete the migration to the RAP IRB module. 
  • Training workshops are still being offered. See the training catalog for more information on dates, times, and registration links for the latest sessions. 

For questions, visit the Human Subjects Research webpage or contact Research Compliance Services by phone (541-346-2510) or email (researchcompliance@uoregon.edu). 

The Next RAP Project

Starting next month, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) will begin implementing a new institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) tool to support animal research that will go-live in early 2022. 

The new IACUC tool will allow the UO to adopt more efficient business processes and workflows that will help improve investigators research capacity and provide a more transparent and seamless workflow. Some features investigators can expect with the new tool are: 

  • Improved visibility as to where a protocol is in the review process. By simply logging into the system, investigators will easily see if their protocol is in the pre-review state, being reviewed by the IACUC, or in post-review. 
  • Integration with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) for easy management of training records and requirements. 
  • Infrastructure for a library of standard substances and procedures that supports IACUC review, versioning, and promoting research lab procedures to standard procedures. 
  • A comprehensive view of research lab teams that includes team members, trainings, substances, procedures, and protocols. 

If you would like to receive monthly updates about this effort, please subscribe to the following email list: rap-iacuc-module@lists.uoregon.edu (to subscribe, visit https://lists.uoregon.edu/mailman/listinfo/rap-iacuc-module). 


April 12: The full launch of the IRB module is set to go-live next month in May. As a reminder, the full launch is the second of two phases for the RAP IRB module.

At the time of the full launch in Mayall human subject research applications and transactions with the Research Compliance Services office will be managed through the RAP IRB module. All active and approved studies that are not yet in RAP IRB module, which are referred to as “legacy studies”, will be migrated into the new system.

Transitioning Legacy Studies 

Prior to the full launch, active and approved legacy studies will be moved into RAP IRB moduleNo action will be required from the Principal Investigator to establish the legacy study in the system.

Please note, however, the first time a continuing review or modification is submitted for a legacy study, some information and documents will need to be entered and/or uploaded to complete the study record in the RAP IRB module.

Its strongly encouraged that investigators with legacy studies attend a RAP training workshop.

Training Workshops

Beginning this month, Research Compliance Services (RCS) will offer several virtual, hands-on training workshops for investigators, research staff, and other stakeholders to prepare for the full launch.

  • RCS will offer a workshop dedicated to supporting legacy studies during the transition of systems. In this workshop, investigators and research staff will be able to log into the system, see their migrated study in the RAP IRB module, walk through the process of submitting a modification or continuing review, and receive support for upcoming submissions.
  • RCS has also developed a set of routine workshop offerings to support users with basic system orientation, preparing and submitting applications, managing studies, and more.

See the training catalog for more information on dates, times, and registration links for the latest sessions.


March 15: The project team has completed data migration testing of all active and approved studies in preparation for the full launch. The team has now started functional testing that will run through April.

Research Compliance Services (RCS) has started working on guidance materials for investigators with migrated studies with information about what to expect with this transition. RCS has also started planning full launch training which is scheduled to begin in April.

More information about guidance materials and training dates will be sent to the IRB community via email in the coming weeks. The project team will also update this webpage with information.


February 15: Since the soft launch of the IRB module on January 25, Research Compliance Services (RCS) has been monitoring the module to ensure the system is functioning as expected and supporting investigators with their new study submissions. If you have any questions about the IRB module, how to submit your new study, or which process to use for your transaction, contact RCS by email (researchcompliance@uoregon.edu). 

The project team is now planning and preparing for the full launch of the IRB module scheduled to go-live in May.

The full launch consists of migrating all active and approved studies from the legacy IRB database to the IRB module. At that time, all investigators will submit and manage all transactions (e.g., continuing reviews, modifications, etc.) through the IRB module.

For more information and updates about this project, subscribe to the IRB Research Administration Portal email list by visiting the signup page.


January 25: The IRB module is now live!

Investigators can submit their new IRB study submissions by clicking on the "IRB" button above or by navigating to https://irb.rap.uoregon.edu/.

For more information about the phased launches, training and who to contact for help, see the update from January 19 below.


January 19: The project team is very excited to announce the soft launch of the IRB module for new study submissions is set for Monday, January 25.

Beginning on 1/25, investigators will be able to access the IRB module to submit new IRB study submissions by clicking on the “IRB” button above.

As a reminder, this go-live is the first of a two-phased launch of the IRB module. Investigators with new protocols should submit and manage their protocol using the new IRB module of the RAP system. Existing studies, including amendments and continuations, should continue to be managed using the current process. 

The second phase will launch later this year in Spring. In preparation for the second phase go-live, Research Compliance Services (RCS) will migrate all existing studies into the system and all investigators will submit and manage all transactions through the IRB module beginning in the Spring. Precise dates, more training, and guidance to support you during the transition will be shared as we approach Spring.  

Training for the IRB module is still being offered. See our training catalog for more information on dates, times, and registration links. 

If you have any questions about the IRB module, contact RCS by email (researchcompliance@uoregon.edu).


December 17: The project team has developed a one-page resource summarizing the changes that will come with the IRB module and what you can expect.

Click on the image below to view a full-screen version.

One page summary for RAP IRB module implementation.

November 30: During the month of November, the project team accomplished two big milestones:

  1. System configuration and development completed in early November.
  2. User acceptance testing completed on November 24

The project team is now shifting their focus for December and January to training and the implementation strategy.

Training

General Information

Research Compliance Services (RCS) will host a series of general information sessions in early January for the research community. These sessions will provide information about the IRB module, what to expect during the transition, and a demonstration of the new system. Information sessions will be recorded and made available on the research website in early January (previously communicated as being available in December).

See our training catalog to find dates and information on registering for the general information sessions.

Training Workshops

Beginning in January 2021, Research Compliance Services will offer several virtual, hands-on training workshops for investigators, research staff, and other stakeholders. During these workshops, investigators and research staff will be able to log into the system, walk through the process of creating a new protocol, and receive support for their upcoming submissions. 

See our training catalog for more information on dates, times, and registration links for the first series of training workshops.

Anticipated Go-Live

The project team is planning for a two-stage implementation strategy aimed to ensure a smooth transition for the community.

  1. Late January 2021: The first stage will be launched in late January 2021.  At that time, newly established protocols will be submitted and managed using the IRB module of the RAP system. Existing studies, including amendments and continuations, will continue to be managed using the current process. 
  2. Spring 2021: The second go-live stage will be launched in Spring 2021. Existing studies will be migrated into the system, after which time all transactions will be submitted through the new system going forward at that time.  

October 28, 2020: System configuration and development is nearing the end and is set to complete at the end of October/early November.

The IRB project team has started planning and recruiting users for user acceptance testing (UAT). UAT is set to begin on November 9 and run until November 25.

After UAT is complete, the IRB project team will transition their efforts to training which will run in two phases. The first phase will be in mid-December and the second phase will be in early January. Communications about training will be sent to users ahead of these dates.

For more information and updates about this project, subscribe to the IRB Research Administration Portal email list by visiting the signup page.


September 29, 2020: The system requirements were approved by the VPRI in early September and system development and configuration has started.

Over the next month or two, the IRB project team will be working with the system vendor to develop and configure the new IRB system based on the system requirements and business process changes identified during Onboarding.

To help keep the research community informed about the upcoming changes with the new IRB system, an Around the O story was posted about this project on September 3. Additionally, an opt-in email list has been setup and members of the human subjects research community are encouraged to subscribe. Each month emails sent to this list will highlight process changes that can be expected with the new IRB system. Subscribe to the Research Administration Portal email list by visiting the signup page.


August 24, 2020: System requirements and business process changes were reviewed by the IRB Project Champions on August 18 and will be reviewed by the IRB Module Committee on August 27.

The IRB Project Champions is a group of human subjects research stakeholders from across campus that include researchers, former IRB committee members, and Research Compliance Services staff. The role of the project champions is to:

  • Participate in guided tours of the new IRB system
  • Provide feedback on proposed changes
  • Participate in demonstrations and hands-on exercises
  • Advocate for the changes the new IRB system will introduce to the research community

The IRB Module Committee is part of the Research Administration Portal (RAP) governance structure. Similar to the IRB Project Champions group, this committee is made up of human subjects research stakeholders from across campus. All of the IRB Module Committee members are also IRB Project Champions. This committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the system requirements scope and change order requests
  • Considering impacts on the overall RAP budget
  • Providing recommendations to the Program Committee

System configuration and implementation are still scheduled to begin in September after the system requirements are approved by the VPRI.

IRB staff continue to review the HRPP toolkit documents.


July 15, 2020: The IRB project team completed a four-week onboarding process with the vendor to identify system requirements and business process changes required for implementation.

The proposed system requirements and business process changes will be reviewed by the IRB Project Champions and IRB Module Committee (more information about these groups will be shared at a later date). Final system requirements will be approved by the VPRI in August.

Once the system requirements are approved, the vendor will begin an iterative system configuration and implementation process. This is likely to begin in September. Each iteration will be tested by the project team to provide feedback. Stakeholders and end-users may be asked to help with testing.

Additionally, review of the HRPP toolkit will be running in parallel. Over the next few months, starting at the end of July, IRB staff will be doing a more in-depth review of the HRPP toolkit documents and adapt them to UO policies and procedures.


June 12, 2020: The HRPP toolkit has been modified to meet UO’s human subject research needs. The next steps for the toolkit will be a more thorough review of the documents to continue adapting them to UO policies and procedures related to human subject’s research. The IRB staff will begin reviewing documents starting in July.

On Monday, June 8, the IRB system implementation project kicked off. Over the next four weeks, the project team will be reviewing the IRB system and identifying system configurations and/or business process changes that may be required for system implementation.


May 19, 2020: The project team has kicked off the HRPP Toolkit project and development of the toolkit is underway.

The HRPP Toolkit is a standard set of tools made up of standard operating procedures (SOPs), checklists, templates, worksheets, and more. The toolkit will be used as part of the new IRB system. The IRB system implementation project is set to kick off in June.


April 17, 2020: After completing the onboarding process to identify COI system configurations and customizations, it was decided by the project team and governance committees to postpone implementation until the next upgrade of the COI module, scheduled for release in early 2021. 

The project team has shifted directions to the implementation of the HRPP Toolkit and the IRB module to support human subjects research. Both of these projects are planned to kick off in May.


March 5, 2020: The COI module implementation is in progress. The RAP onboarding process to identify UO system configurations and customizations is scheduled to be completed in mid-March.

Next Steps:

  • Obtain approval on the RAP onboarding configurations and customizations by the COI and Program Module Governance Committees.

January 15, 2020: The project team is currently planning out the program of implementation and beginning to set up governance groups for COI.