Imagine it's December 20th. You’re looking forward to your family plans for the holiday season. Yet, your million-dollar grant's deadline is December 31st. Two research faculty still have not submitted their grant narratives or compliance data—due two weeks earlier—to you. So, it's time to light a little fire under those faculty. Or else, you'll end up working through some of your planned holiday time. Your previous reminder... Read More
Congratulations! Your department has been given the go-ahead to convert its antiquated IRB compliance system to a state-of-the-art online mentor IRB system that will save researchers and their staff time and funds that are better spent elsewhere. Several systems claim that they will solve all your time, cost, and compliance needs. So how do you decide which system is right for your department?
Another research proposal slides in just under the deadline with the hope that every compliance request has been met. Administrators across research institutions are intimately familiar with that scenario—and know that it does not have to be that way. Research administrators understand that replacing outdated, labor-intensive systems which rely on old formats with a state-of-the-art online research compliance system would save time and money—and,... Read More
Administrators don't always like change from the traditional way to do research compliance and administration. They don't like taking risks and believe things are working just fine as is. Also, they’re accustomed to traditional research compliance methods and don't have much pressure to change. On the other hand, with the knowledge that their department could become much more efficient and productive, they might have a change of heart.
Experienced grant writers understand that the market for research grants is competitive. This can often seem like your department is missing out on thousands of potential dollars perfectly suited to your research goals. However, the strength of an application is not the only factor in earning funding. In fact, we'll cover a few vital tips for increasing your research grant opportunities. As a result, you'll ensure that your department... Read More
In today's business environment, soft skills like self-awareness, communication, and empathy are increasingly valuable. It is said that emotional intelligence is more important than IQ. As personal assets go, emotional intelligence--or EQ--is just as marketable as education, experience, and drive. But is emotional intelligence something that can be acquired or is it simply inherent? And how can staff members use it to create a... Read More
Getting a new research compliance software system can definitely pose challenges. But many tend to overlook the problems that can arise post-implementation, especially in the training phase. Despite the fact these systems are an essential part of a needed digital transformation for IRB, researchers, and IACUC committees, the training can be a sticking point for users. Many become frustrated early in the training... Read More
New researchers frequently ask, “What does the Institutional Review Board process look like?” While every research proposal is different, the review process generally includes:
- An initial administrative screening where the IRB administrator checks that all parts of the proposal are uploaded and complete (e.g., consent form, recruitment script, etc.).
- A revision step where the Primary Investigator (PI) is contacted and asked to upload any missing parts or address any suggested edits.
- A formal review process where reviewers examine... Read More
The effort to modernize old processes tends to be met with a lot of reticence in most organizations, regardless of size. Traditionally, organizations have remained steadfast in their decades-old systems. It might prove difficult to convince others to give up their paper-based processes in favor of a new online research compliance system. Researchers, IRB, and IACUC committees and their staff are mired in paper-based clerical functions, and an online compliance system can be an incredibly powerful tool... Read More
Adopting research compliance software, especially an online IRB system, as a small or mid-sized organization might seem like an overwhelming challenge. When considering the number of resources it takes to implement, train and onboard, as well as time, it might not seem like a worthy investment. However, Axiom’s Mentor system provides a host of benefits that can greatly contribute to increasing speed, efficiency, and overall convenience for your compliance office. Mentor IRB can become the... Read More