|U21 representatives from UCD, Zurich, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Nottingham in Dublin for BRAKE training|
The University of Maryland’s administrative training program, Borderless Research Administration Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE), focuses on engaging international institutions as strategic cohorts concentrated on building expertise and collaboration in the management and oversight of U.S. federal funding.
The University of Maryland is taking a unique, proactive approach to building international research partnerships by sharing knowledge and streamlining administrative functions. These efforts are intended to facilitate research collaborations by reducing administrative obstacles for researchers and strengthening UMD's position as a top tier global research institution by encouraging joint proposals, research administration knowledge sharing, and researcher exchange programs with international partners.
BRAKE faculty can provide face-to-face training in the following areas:
- U.S. Compliance—What is this thing called Uniform Guidance, and how does it impact International Institutions?
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) – The Foreign View
- Research Administration Organization
- Foreign Applications to NIH
- Aspiring to be in Senior Leadership in Research Administration
In addition, UMD BRAKE faculty will meet with administrative colleagues from the host Institution and provide an in-depth assessment of the attending institutions’ administrative infrastructure to ensure a culture of compliance with all federal regulations.
|BRAKE Faculty (from left to right) Dennis Paffrath, Denise Clark, Beth Brittan-Powell, and Ann Holmes in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2017|
"Their skill at delivering a raft of very complex detailed information in an engaging and entertaining way was clearly evident. As a result we now have a greater understanding of the U.S. Federal funding regulations, and the all-important Order of Precedence. Their constant use of examples to illustrate key considerations were greatly appreciated, as were their references to points particularly relevant to foreign institutions. The University of Maryland should be commended on their efforts to proactively educate and engage international partners via the BRAKE program – an outstanding role model for other U.S. institutions."
– Kylie Hugo, Research Services, Research & Innovation Division, Australia
– Claire Redmond, General Manager, Research, University College Dublin
– Dionne Miles, Research Officer, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
While on-site, UMD BRAKE faculty are also able to tour facilities and meet with faculty researchers to take the first steps to building bilateral collaborations with foreign institutions.
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Cost: The host Institution is responsible for airfare, hotel, and per diem for the UMD BRAKE faculty, but there is no charge for the training itself. A typical training runs 5-7 days (with 2-3 days travel time), depending on the needs of the host. The host Institution is strongly urged to ask neighboring entities to attend the training workshops (100 people max suggested) and could use registration fees to offset the UMD BRAKE faculty travel costs.
To date, UMD has engaged in onsite training with global research partners in locations across the world, including Australia, Denmark, Israel, Monterrey, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, and Sweden.
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|BRAKE Uniform Guidance Workshop at Australian National University, August 2017|