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Research Enterprise System Program

The Research Enterprise System (RES) Program was established in 2019 to support SFU’s strategic vision. It will improve the way we manage the approximately $150 million and growing research portfolio and reduce administrative burden for faculty so that researchers can focus on conducting research. The program will aspire to improve how research projects are supported throughout the research life cycle and improve service to researchers while controlling risk to the university. The RES program includes a number of interrelated projects that will be implemented over the next few years.

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Changes

Processes, systems, and how people work will change as we shift to further support a service-oriented model, which keeps the researcher at the centre of everything we do.
The program will drive changes to:

  • Policy, processes, and procedures to complete the work
  • The enabling technologies used to support all stakeholders involved in the research life cycle

Examples include:

  • Electronic forms and workflows to replace the pre-award signature sheet process
  • Replacing or improving existing administrative support systems, including the current Human Ethics system and implementing significant improvements to FINS and FAST
  • New reporting and analysis tools for faculties, departments, and users
  • Removing a layer of duplication on some research expenditure duties which already lie with departments and faculties
  • Replacing the Grant Track system used by Research Services and Research Accounting
     

Benefits

The future state will create more efficiencies amongst all impacted stakeholders. Benefits realized as we move along the roadmap:

  • Reduced overall administrative effort
  • Improved service turnaround time 
  • Increased institutional credibility
  • Improved collaborative capabilities across stakeholders 
  • Increased analytical capabilities
  • Clearer lines of accountability

 


Projects

Graphic displaying the four stages of the research enterprise system

Project 0: Human Ethics

The Office of Research Ethics launched their new research ethics application system, "Protocols", on November 23, 2020. Researchers now have a new system to submit and review applications, manage amendments and renewals for human research ethics certificates and course approvals. Kuali was selected as the vendor and its system has been successfully implemented in numerous institutions including University of Waterloo.
 

Project 1: Project Costing

The Project Costing will expand PeopleSoft footprint and make project financials more accessible to the research community and allow them to make more informed decisions. Financial information for all research funds (Fund 30s) will now be from one financial repository: PeopleSoft.

Benefits

  • Provide a complete view of a project, year by year
  • Better informed decision making, reduces risk of over spending and results in fewer budget reversals
  • Forecasting will be made easier
  • Ability to see multiple project years using FAST

The implementation timeline is October 2020 – March 2022.
 

Project 2: Proposal Management and Workflow

The process for submitting proposals for external funding will change significantly when Project #2 launches in Dec. 2022. The SFU 'Signature Sheet' and all related processes will be transitioned to an integrated database and workflow running on 'Kuali Research', software from a well-established PSI vendor.

 

Project 3: Billing and Accounts Receivable.

This project will focus on the back-end work for Billing and Accounts receivable for Finance. Planned for 2022

 

Project 4: Dashboard

Project 4 will allow all stakeholders to view their research projects at a glance using the dashboard view.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Training Videos

 

Project Team

If you have questions about the Research Enterprise System please email ask_res@sfu.ca

 

Leadership Team

Angie Brooks-Wilson Assoc VP Research Program Sponsor
Alison Blair Assoc VP Finance Program Sponsor
Keith Fong Chief Information Officer Program Sponsor
Dan Blue Director, Finance Project Sponsor (Finance)
Trevor Davis Exec Dir, Research Operations Project Sponsor (Research)
Jim Marshall Consultant Program Manager
     

 

Project Champions

Beverly Neufeld

FASS

Dean's office

Abdul Zahir

FASS

Criminology

TBD

FASS

Economics

Jen Jackson

Science

Chemistry

Kathryn Coukell

Science

Biological Sciences

Rose Evans

Science

Physics

Tarja Väisänen

Science

Earth Science

Dale Yamuara

Science

Mathematics

Christine Beauchamp

Science

Molecular Biology and Chemistry

Sadika Jungic

Science

Statistics and Actuarial Science

Van Truong

Science

BPK

Cindy Xin

Education

Dean's office

David Zheng

Education

Dean's Office

Marina Rahinskaya

Applied Science

Dean's Office

Ash Lalani

Applied Science

Dean's Office

Jen Balenzano

HealthSciences

Dean's Office

Cecilia Kalaw

Health Sciences

Dean's Office

Shahrzad Jooya Ardakani

Beedie

Dean's Office

Tammy Konopinski

Beedie

Dean's Office

Vivian Tsoi

Beedie

Dean's Office

TBD

FCAT

Dean's Office

TBD

FCAT

TBD

Lisa DaSilva

FCAT

SIAT

Naveed Gulzar

Environment

Dean's Office

Erica Anderson

Environment

Dean's Office

Anke Baker

Environment

Geography

Elissa Cyr

Environment

Resource and Environmental Management

Merrill Farmer

Environment

Archaeology

Nicholas Mudry

Research Office

ORS

Nataliya Karpenko

Research Office

ORS

Leeann Liew 

Finance

Research Accounting

Claudia Faria

Finance

Research Accounting