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New tool offers reseachers enhanced features for managing awards

By Mark Kerr, Senior Communications Officer

Members of the research community now have a new tool to apply for and manage awards.

“This latest phase of the Tools for Research at Queen’s (TRAQ) project is intended to provide users with enhanced features that will free up time they previously spent on research administrative tasks,” says Cynthia Fekken, Associate Vice-Principal (Research).

The TRAQ Awards (Grants and Contracts) module replaces the Data Summary and Signature System (DSS). Researchers can access TRAQ Awards by logging into MyQueensu/SOLUS using their NetID and password where they will see a section entitled ‘TRAQ Researcher Portal’ in the bottom right-hand corner. The Awards (Grants and Contracts) module is accessible by clicking on the TRAQ Researcher Portal.

“As a faculty member dealing with multiple funding sources, I am optimistic that this new system will be easier to access, will have greater functionality, and will be beneficial to the entire Queen’s community,” says John Smol, a professor in the Department of Biology and a member of the TRAQ advisory committee.

The new tool improves communication between University Research Services, Research Accounting, the principal investigator and project team members by allowing all parties to connect within the system. Furthermore, researchers will now have the ability to:

• Attach multiple documents to an award file
• Give project team members access to edit the application file before it is submitted for approval
• List multiple sponsors for a single award submission
• Link certifications directly to the awards file
• See both workflow approval and project logs in pre- and post-award periods

Research community members can consult role-based manuals and YouTube videos if they missed in-person training or need a refresher on how to use the tool. A dedicated help desk is available by phone 613-533-6000 ext. 78426, email, or in person by visiting the office at University Research Services on the second floor of Fleming Hall, Jemmett Wing.