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What We Do

The School of Engineering (SoE) is one of the top-rated engineering schools in the world and one of the largest academic units within Stanford University. The School’s mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and to educate leaders who will turn great ideas into real changes. To help SoE push the frontiers of modern science and engineering and ultimately make the world a better place, SoE relies heavily on research funding. 

On behalf of eight SoE academic departments, Engineering Research Administration (ERA) currently administers over 1,105 active sponsored awards and approximately $123 million in annual sponsored research. ERA is a high-volume and productive administrative unit, and the ERA staff collectively manage the pre- and post-award activities for a large and diverse portfolio of sponsors (over 270 different organizations). From the initial proposal submission to final closeout, ERA supports excellence and growth in research administration.

ERA is committed to providing excellence in customer service for Principal Investigators in the SoE. Additionally, we encourage all SoE assistant faculty to take advantage of the research proposal editing services offered since Spring 2017.

ERA's key goals are to:

  • Provide outstanding customer service and research support to the School of Engineering faculty, through support from experienced, well-trained teams of research administrators.

  • Ensure compliance by providing guidance, tools, and resources for research administration activities to best adhere to government, sponsor, and University policies, regulations, and practices.

  • Provide solutions to faculty, departments, peers, and campus partners to best navigate award and regulation complexities.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Faculty & Researchers 

COVID-19 Related Information and Resources for Sponsored Research Projects

Guidance & Resources on Funding Opportunities and Research Impacted by COVID-19

Pre-Award Services

  • Initiate Proposal Development & Routing Form (PDRF)
  • Develop and revise proposed budget and ensure budget accuracy
  • Coordinate preparation of collaborative proposals (e.g. sub awards)
  • Work with OSR to ensure final review, approval and submission to sponsor
  • Detailed pre-award roles and responsibilities

Post-Award Services

  • Approve transactions charged to sponsored account; verify that expenses adhere to applicable policies
  • Keep PIs apprised of account balances and spending practices through routine and custom reports
  • Facilitate rebudgeting requests and obtain both internal and sponsored approvals
  • Close out accounts and confirm final expenditure
  • Detailed post-award roles and responsibilities