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Research Administration Services


Full Research
Lifecycle Support

Bouvé College’s Research Administration Office (BCORe), provide a full range of grants and research services to all faculty and graduate students within the College.

BCORe is your reliable partner throughout the grants management process. As a full-service, life-cycle research administrative resource, we connect with the university’s central sponsored programs office, and collaborate closely with Bouvé’s Research Development, Innovation, and Biostatistics experts.

Support and Services

Our Pre-award team ensures smooth proposal submissions by providing comprehensive support to principal investigators (PI)  who are Bouvé faculty and grad students.

We work with:

  • All external grant sponsors including federal agencies
  • Foundations and non-profit agencies
  • Community services
  • Clinical and medical centers performing clinical research trials

Services include:

  • FOA reviews
  • Checklist preparation
  • Electronic application handling
  • Budgeting
  • Documentation
  • And cost share, among other services

We secure internal approvals, liaise with subaward institutions, and offer expert assistance with biographical sketches, other support pages, federal and foundation proposals, and Just-in-Time (JIT) requests.

Rigorous compliance checks against institutional policies and sponsor requirements are conducted before grant proposals are submitted to Northeastern University Research Enterprise Services (NU-RES), with BCORe serving as a primary liaison.

Post-award support provides:

  • Timely routine and ad hoc reports to PI’s
  • Efficient grant funding management
  • Data, non-disclosure, and material use agreements
  • Payroll distribution adjustments as needed

We handle cost transfer requests, monitor grant effort, and ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.

As the primary liaison with NU-RES, we review sponsor financial reports, oversee projects from award to closeout, including invoice monitoring, journal vouchers, course buyout, and summer salary/extra comp.

Annual progress, no-cost extensions, and final reports are facilitated proactively, adhering to cleanup procedures according to institutional policy.

Our data management efforts maintain transaction activity logs and award documentation while fostering collaboration with principal investigators, administration, and sponsors to deliver exceptional customer service and resolve project-related complexities.

What we do

Set of activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.

— Levin 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Research Development (RD) team assists Bouvé faculty in identifying suitable funding opportunities, including internal (TIER) funding, and offers workshops and training materials for competitive research proposals.

Research Development provides Early Career Support to faculty through a number of initiatives including:

  • New faculty meetings to discuss research goals and other potential resources/collaborators
  • Facilitating community research partnerships
  • Training sessions and coordinated review process for CAREER awards
  • K-Club for faculty working on NIH K awards

RD also manages limited submission funding opportunities with in-house review and approval with the Sr. Vice Provost for Research.

Research Development Overview

01. Strategic Research Advancement

  • Collaborate to identify institutional research priorities
  • Offer strategic advice and grant support to faculty
  • Evaluate reviews from unfunded grant proposals and recalibrate to strategize next steps
  • Facilitate intra-campus collaborations to ensure faculty have proposal development resources and info
  • Curate proposal-related programs and trainings

02. Research Opportunity Communications

  • Manage marketing of research opportunities (e.g. websites, grantsmanship offerings)
  • Disseminate grant opportunities and proposal development tools
  • Run curated and targeted funding searches

03. Team Building — Strengthening Collaborations

  • Proffer strategic advice for proposal team development
  • Convene and coordinate research interest groups
  • Work with large interdisciplinary research teams
  • Catalyze new cross-disciplinary research initiatives
  • Develop and coordinate resources and tools to promote collaboration

04. Proposal Development

  • Work with investigators to refine grant writing skills
  • Edit proposal drafts, comment on narrative response to solicitation
  • Coordinate institutional support requests for narrative development (e.g. obtaining institutional data, BI Toolkit)
  • Individual and team faculty consultations to support narrative development
  • Develop templates and boilerplate language for proposal components (e.g. institutional mission, regional information)

Research and Development’s Role
in the Research Lifecycle

Route for Review
and Submission
Set Up
Close Out

Includes gov’t affairs, corp’ns and found’ns
College Grant Administrator
NU Pre-Award
NU-RES Grant Officer
College Financial Analyst
NU Post-Award
NU RES Grant Officer
NU Post-Award
Research Finance

Use Case and Other Specifics of RD Support

  • Strategic Research Advancement:
    • Early Career Support: curation and targeted dissemination of early career opportunities
      • New faculty meetings to discuss research goals and introduce RD, Advancement and other potential resources/collaborators
      • Runway to Broader Impacts – facilitating community research partnerships
      • NSF CAREER Awards: Training sessions and coordinated review process for submissions
      • NIH K Awards: Establishing K-Club for eligible faculty
    • Faculty Training & Events
      • Recent Workshops
        • Funding for Commercialization
        • Introduction to NSF 101
        • Runway to Broader Impacts Peer Learning Groups
        • Training Grants Workshop
        • Equipment Grants Workshop
        • Center Grants Workshop
      • Recent Workshops
        • Funding for Commercialization
        • Introduction to NSF 101
        • Runway to Broader Impacts Peer Learning Groups
        • Training Grants Workshop
        • Equipment Grants Workshop
        • Center Grants Workshop
    • Research Opportunity and Communications
      • Finding External Funding
        • We identify and curate funding opportunities and share via targeted emails to researchers
        • Pivot database of funding opportunities Pivot-RP (
        • Academic Analytics Faculty Insight for funding opportunities and potential collaborators Faculty Insight (
        • Additional Resources include Foundation Directory Online & Philanthropy News Digest email alerts
    • Limited Submissions
      • When an opportunity is “limited” it means the sponsor places a limit on the number of proposals each institution may submit.
      • Research Development administers the limited submissions review and approval process for the Sr. Vice Provost for Research.
      • Research Development works with applicants to help them craft the strongest proposal possible.
      • If you become aware of a funding opportunity with limited submission requirements that is not listed, contact us at: [email protected].
      • Visit our internal database to review Limited Submission funding opportunities and Limited Submissions Funding Announcements Archive.
    • Team Building | Enhancement of Collaborations
      • We facilitate Team Science
        • Build topical teams, Convene research workshops with industry and government partners (e.g., MITRE, USARIEM, PNNL, etc.), Promote collaboration with extramural partners (e.g., WHOI, UMaine, UMass), Participate in working groups, Advise faculty about collaboration opportunities
      • Internal Funding
        • TIER 1 Award Program
        • TIER 2 Award Program
        • TIER 3 Award Program
        • Impact Engines:
          • Key pillar of Northeastern’s Academic Plan
          • Positions Northeastern as a leader in research with broad societal impact
          • Fosters interdisciplinary learning, research, and partnerships to address challenges with the goal of maximum impact
          • Spans and connects diverse disciplines, colleges, campuses, industry sectors, and communities around problem-solving
    • Proposal Development
      • Internal review, editing, and/or project management, Advise faculty to prepare for meetings with program officers, Coordinate with Research Admin professionals to support teams in developing budgets, tracking and developing all supplemental documents and required letters, etc., Develop guides and boilerplate draft documents that faculty can download, edit, and use in proposals
      • Large Proposal Development:
        • For Large, Complex, and Highly Visible Proposals:
          • Convene faculty around major submission opportunities, both current and anticipated
          • Organize an internal kickoff meeting to discuss administrative support (Timeline, FOA “shreds”, etc.)
          • Facilitate team organization and meetings
          • Advise on internal TIER program support
          • Coordinate with broader university and college resources
          • Write, review, and edit sections of the proposal, as needed

    The Biostatistics Research Center can enhance your research capabilities and address critical biostatistical and analytical needs of any research project by collaborating with faculty, staff, and students.

    Statistical Consulting Services

    For health-related research, the Biostats Center provides valuable statistical consulting services, supporting NU investigators with a wide range of offerings including: 

    • Study Design and Statistical Planning
    • Statistical Analysis Plan for grant submission/IRB approval
    • Samples Size Calculation/Power Analysis
    • Data Visualization
    • Manuscript writing and results interpretation
    • Education and Training

    Meet the Team.

    We’re here to help.

    At BCORe, our commitment to excellence and professionalism ensures a seamless research journey, providing expert guidance in navigating the complexities of research administration.

    Whether you pursue a foundation opportunity of several hundred dollars, or a multi-million dollar NIH cooperative, program project, or center agreement with subcontracts across the nation or across the world, trust us to propel your projects forward with efficiency and precision.

    Please reach out.

    Susanne Feret
    Executive Director, BCORe
    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    General Inbox
    [email protected]

    Pre-Award Research Team

    Susanne Feret


    Executive Director of Research Administration

    Michelle Rose

    MS, MA, CRA

    Associate Director
    Pre-specialties Awards: NSF, DOD, Intake Form

    Andrea Morris


    Grants Administrator

    Specialties: Budgets, Innovative Research Projects

    Ramsha Arshad

    Administrative Coordinator

    Post-Award Research Team

    Sarita Neyman

    Senior Grants Administrator

    Portfolio: Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, New England Tissue Institute, Pharmacy and Health System Science (non-fellowships)

    Rosemary Roe


    Senior Grants Administrator
    Portfolio: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research; Medical Sciences; Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Bouvé Research and Innovation Team

    Eugene Buff

    MD, PhD

    Director of Health Sciences Entrepreneurship and Innovation Health Sciences Entrepreneurship

    Hilary Prosnitz


    Director of Research Development, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University at Charlotte, NC campus

    Eugene Tunik


    Associate Dean of Research and Innovation; Professor Physical Therapy, Human Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences