University of Maine Research Administrative Network (RAN) User Group Site

ORA has developed a RAN site within the UMaine Portal. Here you will find updates and materials for upcoming RAN meetings, notes and handouts from past meetings, valuable resources and training, and ongoing discussions on topics that are relevant to you as a RAN member.

This site can only be accessed by members of the RAN community. If you’d like to join, please contact us with your request at


The Research Administrators Network (RAN) was created to provide informative networking, support, and guidance for the benefit of the research community. The goals of the initiative include: networking; sharing information, expertise, & best practices; identifying and developing tools and resources to support research administrators; and enhancing communication between the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and research administrative support personnel.

RAN was established as a partnership with unit administrators to support research administration and provide continuing education in the area of research administration, and provided opportunities for unit administrators to interact with each other and leaders in central administration. As a member of RAN you will receive notifications about upcoming meetings and changes in the processes, guidance, and policies maintained through central administration.

What can RAN do for you? The RAN committee will offer training and networking sessions for research administrators throughout the year. The committee will bring in guest speakers as needed and present programming to provide the best tools and resources to support research administrators who support research. A typical agenda may feature an update on current research activities, changes in the uniform guidance, or educational topics driven by the needs of the network members.

For questions about RAN, including ideas for future meetings, contact

Upcoming RAN Meetings

Understanding Cost Share – Jan. 15th

Save the Date!
Please join us at the January 15, 2019 RAN meeting. The topic will be Understanding Cost Share, and we will have presenters from ORA and from the VPR’s office. The presentation will be held in the Hill Auditorium in Barrows Hall from 1:15-3:15 PM. Register here (you will prompted to enter your UMaine portal log-in information). 

Workshop Survey

Below is a link to a short survey covering November’s workshop, “Participant Support Costs”. If you attended the workshop, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback will help us to build more relevant presentations in the future.