Office of Sponsored Programs - 200.07, Procedure 1 - Obtaining Administrative Roles in RAMSeS


Office of Sponsored Programs - 200.07, Procedure 1 - Obtaining Administrative Roles in RAMSeS

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To manage administrative approval rights and data access concerning research activities maintained in Research Administration Management System and eSubmission (RAMSeS), the Office of Information Systems (ORIS) created a portal named "Backbone." Each University department, center, and institute has one or more designated Role Manager(s) responsible for creating, assigning, and managing administrative roles for their unit. More specifically, the Role Manager assigns the appropriate designations to departmental personnel based on their roles in research and tracks departmental personnel changes as they occur. Once an employee has been authorized as a unit Role Manager, s/he is responsible for additional administrative assignments within Proposal Dashboard and Award Dashboard in RAMSeS, such as:

  • IPF Approver
  • Financial Guarantee Approver
  • Proposal Data Access
  • Award Data Access
  • Research Account Manager

To request access, contact your department’s Role Manager, who will have you complete and sign the appropriate forms. These forms will then be sent to ORIS, who will update your access within RAMSeS.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this operating standard and its related procedure, please contact

For questions regarding Pre-Award management or Post-Award administration, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Specialist (SPS).

For invoicing, reporting and other financial matters, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Accountant.
OSP Staff assignments may be found in RAMSeS or on the OSP website.


History Table
Date Description
07/01/2022 Revised to reflect new office name.
05/15/2018 Revised to coincide with the release of the new OSP Website.
06/06/2011 Revised to reflect the change from "Research Contacts" to "Backbone"

The operating standards in the Office of Sponsored Programs Operating Standards & Procedures Manual supersede any OSP operating standards, procedures and appendices previously included in the University Business Manual, a publication of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Division of Finance.

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