Higher education research institution

NCURA 2021 Financial Research Administration Conference

Join Baker Tilly as our research institution risk advisory specialists present at the NCURA 2021 Financial Research Administration (FRA) conference:

An unexpected journey: Lessons learned with new types of funding

Monday, March 15, 2021
2-3:15 pm ET

This session will provide an overview of new types of funding in federal awards. We will discuss critical infrastructure elements that research institutions must have or develop to manage federally sponsored funding and common challenges with new funding. We will share ideas on how to comply with a new set of regulations in an already highly regulated industry, including considering the impact of the CARES Act and other relief funding. Specifically, we will provide an overview of overarching federal requirements and sponsor-specific requirements in new funding scenarios, such as Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) and Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) funding, to explain how your institution can prepare to receive new types of funding.


  • Brynn Tomlinson, CPA, CFE, Manager, Baker Tilly
  • Elizabeth Truelove McDermott, Director of Internal Audit, Northwestern University
Data analytics and compliance

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
2-3:15 pm ET

As research administrators are asked to oversee increasingly large and complex portfolios, it can become difficult to monitor the sheer volume of transactions being processed to ensure compliance with sponsor regulations and award terms and conditions. In this session we will walk through leading practices to harness your financial data to identify your biggest risk factors, monitor for potential issues and efficiently and effectively resolve instances of potential non-compliance. We will explore practical solutions for institutions of all sizes and budgets, with a focus on how data analytics and monitoring can be implemented in a scalable manner.


View NCURA’s FRA conference website to view the full program.

Baker Tilly is a proud annual sponsor of NCURA. Connect with our research institution specialists throughout the FRA conference!

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