Faculty members at the UTSA College of Engineering brought in millions of dollars of research funding to the university last year. And between assisting with proposals and serving as a liaison between a variety of different departments at UTSA, the Research Service Center (RSC) for Engineering plays an integral part in helping faculty researchers secure funds.
“The RSC strives to help, and not hinder, faculty in exceeding their research endeavors, ” said Amy Ossola-Phillips, director of the Research Service Center for Engineering. “We enjoy learning about COE research areas and the diligent work that faculty members are doing. When our researchers excel, it instills a high level of gratification among the RSC team and that pushes us to continuously improve.”
The RSC for Engineering is one of six research service centers across UTSA. All of the RSCs are housed under the Office of Sponsored Research Programs (OSPA), one of the units under the Offices of the Vice President for Research that is headed by Vice President for Research Mauli Agrawal. Each RSC is housed within a particular college or unit, and provide a number of services to faculty including:
Pre Award-Proposal submission help – the RSC reviews sponsor guidelines, assists and develops non-technical documents, and packages the final proposal for submission
- Post Award-Award/contract management – the RSC reviews and approves expenditures on sponsored grants/contracts, provides general award oversight and administration, and reviews and approves grant changes
- Liaison to UTSA Departments and external sponsors – the RSC serves as the liaison between UTSA departments such as Grants and Contracts Financial Services, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Programs, and other offices. The RSC is also the liaison for non-financial reports and change requests submitted to sponsors.
“Each and every member of the RSC is here because of our COE researchers,” said Ossola-Phillips. “The COE Researchers make such an impact on us and in turn, we exercise all effort to help researchers’ meet their goals.”
The members of the RSC in Engineering have varying levels of research administration experience and work together to assist researchers with the sponsored program needs, according to Ossola-Phillips.
The team is currently in the process of creating an RSC Impact Board.
“This board will consist of notes, emails, letters, etc. that we received when providing outstanding service to our researchers,” Ossola-Phillips said. “The board will be cased outside of the RSC and will also consist of paper and pens in the event anyone wants to drop by and write a note on excellent service received from the RSC that truly created an impact. We are looking forward to a great 2016 and feel very blessed to work with COE.”