Year of Publication



Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Date Available


Degree Name

Master of Public Financial Management

Committee Chair

Dr. Ron Zimmer

Executive Summary

There was a time in the not-so-distant past, where a simple infection had the opportunity to send an individual to an early grave. With advancements in biomedical research, medical professionals can treat simple infections as well as more complicated illnesses. Medical research has come a long way, but there is still a need for research in order to find, treat, and advance cures for illness and disease. Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world was waiting for researchers to create a vaccine to help slow the spread and get the world back to operating at a normal capacity. The impact of Covid-19 has shown the world the importance of biomedical research and why funding is necessary to continue the fight against infectious and terminal diseases. Daily, research administrators play a vital role to ensure the protection of grant funding and the validity of the research. Protection of this funding is a primary concern of research administrators however there are some cases where fraud may occur. This paper reviews the history of research administration, the early research conducted on the role of the research administrator, and the lifecycle of a grant. In addition, there is a review of fraud cases, the policies of the research universities where fraud has occurred, and a comparison of those policies. Based on the findings, there are recommendations for best practices to aide in preventing fraud.



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