Office of Research & Creative Scholarship
Andrew Shepard, Assistant Director
Roles in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship:
- Comprehensive post award fiscal management of sponsored funds including the pre-audit and processing all grant expenditures and monthly review of expenses against the approved budget. Work with faculty to resolve financial issues.
- Invoice sponsors to assure a positive cash flow for all grant awards and monthly review of all receivables.
- Ensure grant awards and PI’s are in compliance with grant award terms and reporting requirements, College policies and agency guidelines that include cost share documentation, final financial reports and award close out.
- Provide timely and reliable information and financial reports to faculty and administrators, off-campus partners and sponsors, federal and state agencies, private foundations and the corporate sector.
- Stay current of all research related post award sponsor and college policies and assure compliance with federal, state, and college research regulations.
- Provide faculty and student training required to improve grant management skills, including budgeting and budget management, fiscal processes, compliance regulations and reporting requirements.
- Works with Financial Affairs to reconcile financial records, process expense documents and award closeouts.
Nikki Borman began her career at MIT where she managed relationships between sponsoring entities, including NIH, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of the Navy, DARPA and others. She was the point person for oversight response to federal entities to these, and other agencies including the IRS. In addition she was responsible for developing the Institute’s business model serving faculty innovators. During her 25-year career she has held senior client facing positions with KPMG, Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
She is an accomplished professional with extensive cross-industry experience in the management of complex matters in the research management and innovation environment. She has managed operations and systems for higher education research institutions and has been a key contributor to the enhancement of sponsored research opportunities for her clients. She has developed complex pursuit plans to serve technology and research rich enterprises, capturing multi-party collaboration opportunities to the benefit of her clients. Her approach emphasizes building on client strengths to allow for rapid tracking of relevant opportunities. She also brings a thorough understanding and capability in overall research management, coupled with strong systems design and development skills to support the research and innovation enterprise.
Michele O’Shea has twenty-three years of experience in research administration, beginning her career at MIT, in management of sponsored research applications, resultant inventions and patent administration. She is a highly skilled professional, particularly as these relate to government requirements and submissions. She has been active in providing input to the developers of Federal databases on Government requirements from the grantee perspective. She has developed and implemented administration procedures for non-profit organizations to guide the research enterprise. During her career she has held senior responsibility positions with Ropes & Gray and Partners Healthcare.