Advisory Council for Research Administration (ACRA)

The Advisory Council for Research Administration (ACRA) was established in 2016 to help build streamlined, simplified, and compliant ways to support the Boston University research enterprise. ACRA brings together representatives from across the research-intensive schools and related central offices to create an engaged and impactful BU research administration community.

ACRA Committee Charter


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Council Goals

  • Discuss process improvement, training, communication
  • Help identify issues and areas for improvement, both locally and centrally
  • Share insights, guidance and feedback
  • Actively work together to develop solutions
  • Disseminate information discussed at Council
  • Engage and develop the university wide research community

Council Members

Executive Sponsor

  • Gloria Waters, Vice President & Associate Provost for Research


  • Renna Lilly, Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs, Research – Pre-Award Services
  • Valerie LeBrun, Director, Grants & Finance Shared Services, Research- Shared Services Grants and Finance


    • Diane Baldwin, Associate Vice President, Sponsored Programs
    • Kyle Best, Grants Administrator, College of Engineering
    • Solaris Bujor, Financial and Administrative Director, School of Medicine – BUSM Financial & Grants Admin
    • Christopher Chiofolo, Grants and Finance Administrator, Shared Services Grants and Finance, CISS
    • Nancy Clinton, Managing Director, Mass Open Cloud Alliance, Hariri Institute
    • Jean Daley, Associate Director of Research, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Mary Dangora, Business Manager, College & Grad School of Arts & Sciences – Biology
    • Tina DaSilva, Executive Director, Research Operations, Research Executive Services, BMC
    • Melissa Doub, Senior Grants Officer, Finance and Administration, School of Social Work
    • Melissa Downs, Associate Comptroller, Financial Affairs- Research Finance & Property Management
    • Emeka Madubuike, Sr. Research Administrator, School of Public Health
    • Tyler Flack, Manager, Research Finance, Research Executive Services, BMC
    • Aline Hillman, Administrative Director, School of Medicine – Pulmonary – Mizgerd Lab
    • Julia Huntsman,  Director, School of Medicine – Office of Proposal Development
    • Emily Johnson, Associate Director, Research – Hariri Institute 
    • Rachelle Joseph, Assistant Vice President, Research – Sponsored Programs, Post-Award
    • Nicolette Kelly, Grants Administrator, Shared Services Grants and Finance, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
    • Mairead Leahy, Proposal Development Specialist, Research Administration, College of Arts & Sciences
    • Cathleen Prata, Grants Manager, School of Public Health
    • Ryan Russell,  Executive Director of Research Intelligence and Operations, Sponsored Programs
    • Liena Strikis, Grants and Finance Administrator, Shared Services Grant and Finance, Kilachand
    • Marianne Taylor, Senior Grants Administrator, Wheelock – Office of the Dean – WCEHD Research
    • Richard Vezina, Associate Director, Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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