Research Business & Contract Operations
Research Business & Contract Operations provides sponsored project administration and financial services to the Kaiser Permanente Southern California research program. Team members support investigators throughout the research project timeline, from preparing grants and contracts to fiscal accounting, cost management, and compliance issues. They also provide training and consulting services.
Administrative Director of Research Finance and Sponsored project Sharon Figgins, MBA,
leads Research Business & Contract Operations, which includes two units: Research Finance and Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA). Sharon is also the interim manager of the Research Finance team. Kelvin Kelley
manages the Sponsored Project Administration team.
Researchers typically work with members of both teams. Each research project is assigned to a sponsored project team, which assists with preparing grant submissions, negotiating contracts, developing budgets, and tracking expenditures. Financial administrators provide a wide range of services, including invoicing, financial reporting, and institutional accounting and compliance.