Electronic research administration (eRA) is the future for research administration.
eRA encompasses everything from searching for funding opportunities to submitting proposals electronically to tracking their progress.
Currently, many federal agencies and other sponsors have mandated the electronic submission of proposals. The number of federal agencies requiring electronic submission through grants.gov is expected to increase rapidly as a result of a congressional mandate requiring agencies to move from paper to electronic systems. Non-federal organizations also continue to move toward electronic systems in an effort to streamline the proposal process.
In response to these changes, and as the University strives to streamline the administration of sponsored projects and the submission of electronic proposals, the University of Illinois has chosen the InfoEd software suite to administer its pre-award eRA system. The project to deploy the pre-award system to the University community has been named UI eRA , and it has several distinct modules and phases, including Proposal Tracking and Proposal Development.