USC Office of Compliance

Research Administrators Forum

The Research Administrators Forum (RAF) provides research administrators from both campuses an opportunity to network and share information related to research administration and compliance, discuss issues and learn about university policies and procedures as well as changes in laws and regulations that may apply to them.

The RAF was established in response to a recommendation from faculty and staff members to give administrators more opportunities to share experiences with peers and to learn about the research administration issues that affect their job responsibilities.  The Research Administrators Forum is sponsored by the Office of Compliance and meets approximately three times per year.

Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  Please call the Office of Compliance at (213) 740-8258 or email to be added to the invitation list.

December 7, 2016 RAF Presentations

  1. Ethics at USC – Ethics in Action Hero Recognition
  2. Effort Tracking (Excel Effort Tracking Model)
  3. NSF Audit Update
  4. OnCore Update
  5. Injury and Illness Prevention Plan


November 9, 2015 RAF Presentations

  1. Ethics at USC – Ethics Week
  2. Human Subjects Research Proposed Rule Highlights


June 25, 2015 RAF Presentations

  1. COI Annual Disclosure Update and diSClose System Enhancements
  2. OnCore at USC
  3. Grants Management Education Program Update
  4. New NIH Requirements on Reproducibility of Research Findings


March 31, 2015 RAF Presentations

  1. Environmental Health & Safety and Research at USC
  2. KC S2S Demo
  3. TARA Update
  4. A-81 and Subrecipients


November 4, 2014 RAF Presentations

  1. KC Pre-Award Rollout Update
  2. A-81 Implementation Overview
  3. Registration Requirements


May 27, 2014 RAF Presentations

  1. NIH Annual Disclosure/COI
  2. TARA Pre-award Demo Development
  3. A-81 Update
  4. KFS Effort Demo and Implementation


December 5, 2013 RAF Presentations

  1. International Travel Guidance


April 3, 2013 RAF Presentations

  1. OMB Issues Proposed Circular to Replace A-21
  2. Sequestration and Its Impact at USC
  3. “TARA” Update


October 10, 2012 RAF Presentations

  1. HIPAA Privacy and Research
  2. Research Administrator Jeopardy
  3. “TARA” Update


June 19, 2012 RAF Presentations

  1. Fly America Act and Open Skies Agreements
  2. diSClose Demo and Implementation Update
  3. Research Ethics for Administrators: Case Studies

                Case Study One (Palmer)

                Case Study Two (Lamb)

                Case Study Three (Walker)


April 10, 2012 RAF Presentations

  1. TARA Update - System Interfaces
  2. CORES
  3. Department of Contracts and Grants Reorganization
  4. KFS Purchasing-Accounts Payable Update


November 10, 2011 RAF Presentations

  1. Review and Explanation of Final PHS Conflict of Interest Regulations
  2. University Communications: Research-Related Press Releases & Other Disclosures
  3. Kuali Coeus (KC) Update
  4. Kuali Financial Systems (KFS) Update