LIRA System FAQs

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The FAQs found below will be expanded as the LIRA system does. Please email inlira@lehigh.edu with your questions.

General Information

What is LIRA?
The Lehigh Integrated Research Administration (LIRA) Suite will be used to develop, route, review and submit externally sponsored project proposals, initiate and complete ancillary reviews, create, negotiate and track agreements, set up funded awards, create and track subawards and request modifications to funded awards.
 
LIRA may be used to submit and track the following items to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP): 
  • Proposal or Grant Application
  • Contract
  • Sponsored Agreement
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Data Use Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Award Modification Request (Rebudget, No Cost Extension, PI Change, etc)
Future module that will be added to LIRA:
  • Conflict of Interest (COI)
 
Why is Lehigh implementing a research administration suite?
LIRA will provide faculty and staff with enhanced proposal submission and award management tools, and will support improvements in the processes involved in preparing, submitting, accepting, and managing grants. The goal of this system is to reduce administrative burden, manual and duplicate entry of data and will include an interface with our university financial system to streamline the award set up and modification process.
 
LIRA will also provide transparency into the status of proposals, contracts/agreements in negotiation, subawards in development and award set up.
 

Processes

Will I still be able to submit a proposal the way I’ve always done it?
Once the LIRA Grants and Agreements modules are implemented in Fall 2022, all proposals for externally sponsored projects will need to be developed and submitted through the new system. Training will be provided to faculty, departmental staff and central office users prior to the implementation.
 
Until the LIRA implementation, submissions for externally funded projects should continue to follow the existing process by submitting an Intent to Submit through ORSP.
 
LIRA will not replace the Lehigh internal research investment programs at Lehigh, which will continue to be submitted and processed through InfoReady.
Will I use LIRA to submit for internal grants?

LIRA will not replace the Lehigh internal research investment programs at Lehigh, which will continue to be submitted and processed through InfoReady.