The Grants Administration Community addresses a wide range of operational issues of concern to funders of health research and training. The group curates resources, offers webinars, and plans roundtable discussions on grants administration topics that are held at HRA Members Meetings. Past topics have included:
- Peer review (including bias)
- Grants management and other software platforms
- Managing grants to international organizations
- Pre-award and post-award processes
Plans for 2022 are:
In alignment with HRA’s Strategic Plan, the main priority for the Grants Administration Community this year is to spearhead the creation of a grantmaking handbook specifically targeted for use by HRA members—health research funders. Along with leveraging the resources already on HRA’s website and listserv, the Grants Administration Community will also rely on knowledge, content, and feedback from member organizations through surveys, webinars, and breakout sessions at HRA Members Meetings. This will ultimately be a dynamic, living resource on the HRA website for members of all career levels to utilize, and will be updated periodically to reflect current best practices and information. The current outline of the HRA Grants Administration Handbook can be found here.
The Grants Administration Community will continue to periodically host discussions tangentially related to the handbook, such as funder-institution relations and streamlining administrative requirements, directed by member interest.