The Administrative Core functions to facilitate and coordinate the research and training activities of the COBRE. This core provides the organizational and administrative structure needed to insure that COBRE faculty work in a facilitative environment that will enhance their success in obtaining R01-type research funding. The Administrative Core provides the leadership and coordination of the overall research efforts. The core provides support for grants accounting, preparation of progress reports, personnel matters, grant writing, etc. It insures that COBRE PIs and their research teams have access to state-of-the-art training and provides an environment that will enhance the ability of the junior faculty PIs to obtain grant funding. This core oversees the use of the research core facilities associated with this COBRE and provide funds to enhance and utilize the services of these cores.
The Administrative Core oversees the pilot grant program of this COBRE, which is supported equally by COBRE funds and University funds. The goal of the pilot grants is to further expand research efforts in the study of human disease at the molecular level.
Dr. Louis Hersh, PI of the COBRE, directs the Administrative Core. He oversees the daily operation of the program and directs the financial resources and their utilization. In consultation with the Internal and External Advisory Committees, he determines the overall directions of the program. In consultation with the junior faculty principal investigators, their faculty mentors, and the Internal and External Advisory Committees, he assesses the progress of the various projects and recommends changes if needed.
The administrative core has a full-time staff person who works with the PI to facilitate the functions of the COBRE. Together they coordinate activities with participating departments, provide grant management including tracking COBRE expenditures and institutional commitments. The COBRE business management component oversees all purchases made with COBRE funds and provides administrative support for personnel matters. The staff person schedules all COBRE activities, including monthly COBRE meetings and COBRE related travel. In addition the staff person works with the PI to prepare an annual progress report and other reports as needed.