Last month ATP’s Research Administration Management Portal (RAMP) went live at UW-Madison, and end users quickly adapted to the new system. In the first month following go-live:
- Nearly 1,400 staff members logged in to the system for the first time
- More than 400 proposals were created, representing over $240 million in proposed funding
- More than 350 new agreements/contracts were created
- Nearly 350 award modifications were processed
- 140 new awards were created
Research administration staff played a crucial role throughout the RAMP implementation by providing input on design and taking a positive approach to the changes. They were engaged in training, are seeking support after go-live, and continue to provide feedback for improvements.
“The ATP team led RAMP, but our campus colleagues contributed to the successful implementation,” said Kurt McMillen, Research Administration Strategy Lead. “Research administration staff collaborated with our design teams and business analysts.”
RAMP was launched to streamline and standardize research administration processes from pre-award requirements through post-award non-financial management and reporting. Staff will be able to more easily route and approve proposals; integrate compliance information; and track activity with the new Grants and Agreements module of Huron Research Suite.
“All in all, we feel positive about this project and the rollout of RAMP thus far. The contributions by so many across UW-Madison have landed us in a pretty good position,” McMillen said.
RAMP will be implemented at UW-Milwaukee and the UW comprehensive institutions in 2024.