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SeRA Releases and Updates

Highlights of recent SeRA releases and updates are listed below including release notes for detailed information.

SeRA Elm Release - October 18, 2019

The SeRA System Elm Release went live on October 18, 2019.

This release includes:

  • Department users can now view, open, and download interim and final financial report and invoice attachments within SeRA.
  • SeRA Notices of Awards will now include more detailed information in regards to interim and final financial and technical reporting requirements.
  • On-screen clarification on Project Question pages of when export control review is required.
  • The four reports for projects within the My Projects section (Active Awarded Projects, Pending Proposals, Recent Ended Projects, & Open Activities) have been changed to interactive reports so they now have a lot more searching and sorting capabilities.

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Elm Release Notes

Note:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Buckeye Release - March 14, 2019

The SeRA System Buckeye Release went live on March 14, 2019.

This release includes quite a few exciting enhancements!  The highlights are:

  • Central Office Request (Upgraded OSR Request Form) - The School of Medicine's Research Management Group (RMG) has joined the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and the Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) in accepting department requests.  Requests can be submitted with attachments and comments from the Project Summary page and searched for real-time updates making project management easier and without emails.
  • New Financial Accounts tab on the Project Summary - PTAs for SPO Project can now be found directly from the Project Summary page in the new “Financial Accounts” tab. This tab shows the PTAs related to a SPO with summarized budget information and links to drill down into FFIT.
  • Ability to add and store email lists for distribution of the Notice of Award (NOA) - email distribution lists can now be added to the default list of recipients for NOAs for a given department.  Departments can opt to create and maintain a department  distribution list email to be set to receive NOAs instead of storing independent individual email addresses.
  • Display protocol numbers as links to eProtocol - Protocol numbers displayed on the Project Questions page are now links that take users directly into the protocol in eProtocol. This will make it easier to navigate between SeRA and eProtocol systems when reviewing related sponsored projects and the corresponding protocols.

Demos of the release highlights will be presented via Zoom Video Meeting on:

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Buckeye Release Notes

Note:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Aspen Release - January 13, 2019

The SeRA System Aspen Release went live on January 13, 2019.

This release removes workspace manager tables from daily transaction processing!!  This technical change provides many amazing system benefits:

  • With additional tuning on January 15th, the system has stabilized and  performance has vastly improved
  • Transactions will now complete immediately rather than needing to wait for a final processing step
  • Large amounts of code simplification
  • Reduced technical debt
  • Many fixed data issues
  • Fixes for future issues will also be much easier

While we were overhauling the entire system for this very exciting technical upgrade, we have also made a number of additional system enhancements. A very short summary of these are:

  • Simple search has been overhauled and is now a universal search
  • New “Entity Management” page with new functionality for managing sponsors
  • Automatically merge the budget when the IO chooses to merge the award
  • Other Support Report bug fixes
  • Remove default personnel
  • Default T&Cs for manually created awards

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Aspen Release Notes

NOTE:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delet
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Psi Release - June 7, 2018

SeRA's second release of 2018 was the Psi Release.

This release delivers Cayuse 424 / PDRF Integration! This integration allows users to link and synch data from a Cayuse Proposal into a PDRF to reduce duplicate data entry and make sure data is consistent between systems.  For complete step by step instructions for this new functionality please refer to the Linking a Cayuse 424 Proposal to a PDRF User Guide.

The Psi release also delivers a couple of other big ticket items including the following:

  • New GDPR questions to comply with the new EU law
  • Ability for users to submit system feedback
  • Upgraded & consistent "Start Transaction" across application
  • Redesign of the "Other Agreement Log" transaction
  • Ability to track FAR clauses in the Terms & Conditions

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Psi Release Notes.

NOTE:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Chi Release - February 16, 2018

SeRA's first release of 2018 was the Chi Release.

This release delivers a new Accounts Receivable Tracking module.  The ART module provides functionality for a new group of users: Accounts Receivable Billers & Collectors. The module automates the workload for managing invoices and collections.

The Chi release also delivers a couple of other big ticket items:

  • A redesigned PTA Manager workflow for approvals
  • The ability to manage project level authority (access) - view the SPO Level Access Guide
  • The ability to manage project level contacts

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Chi Release Notes

NOTE:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Phi Release - December 14, 2017

The SeRA System received an update (the Phi Release) on Thursday evening, December 14th. This release includes:

  • Addition of links to Stanford institutional facts, benefits and IDC rates, and department assignments for OSR and RMG to the Help Menu
  • Initial set of changes which build out the Other Agreement Log transaction to display and capture more information 
  • Changes to the editing function on completed subaward transactions

NOTE:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Phi Release Notes


SeRA Upsilon Release - October 28, 2017

The SeRA System received an update (the Upsilon Release) on October 28th, 2017. This release delivers the new Proposal Intake Form (PIF) module to support School of Medicine's new proposal development process! In addition, a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes were implemented to improve the usability of the system.

Overview of Proposal Intake Form

  • New transaction type with PI approval/COI routing
  • Integration with SeRA SPOs & PDRFs
  • New SoM process for proposals initiated by the faculty/department admins

Overview of Other Enhancements

  • The main dashboard for faculty (My Projects) has a new look for better ease-of-use
  • New features for Other Support Reports
  • New request type for the OSR Request Form to support setting up new Oracle sponsors
  • Subaward email automation, UI changes, and bug fixes
  • Upgrades for IDC Waiver approval routing
  • Ability to edit attachment file names
  • Ability to view routing history & comments in terminated transactions

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Upsilon Release Notes


SeRA Tau Release - May 13, 2017

The SeRA System received an update (the Tau Release) Saturday May 13th, 2017.  This release includes an upgrade to the system's technical infrastructure and a few other larger technical initiatives. In addition, a number of smaller usability enhancements were added to improve the overall ease-of-use of the system.

Overview of Technical Upgrades & Enhancements

  • Apex 5.1 Upgrade
  • Better integration of subaward transactions & IDC Waiver transactions
  • Changes to support Oracle upgrade
  • Create workgroup for MCL faculty
  • Better processing of merge activities for parallel transactions

Overview of Usability Enhancements

  • Look-and-Feel Changes
    • Cleaned-up pop-ups (auto-sized, consistent look)
    • SeRA Footer
    • Updated look for emails
    • Ability to full-screen regions
    • New “Start Proposal / Start Transaction” buttons on Project Summary
    • Updated simple search
    • Header, Left Hand Menu, & Quick Link changes
      • Add multiple attachments at the same time
      • Support for multiple SeRA browser tabs
      • New routing history section to log transactions (e.g. JIT, LOA, etc.)

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Tau Release Notes


SeRA Sigma Release - March 11, 2017

The SeRA System received an update - the Sigma Release, on March 11th, 2017. 

This release includes a number of exciting new features including:

  • New Create Requisition button within the Project Summary - Subawards screen to start iProcurement Standard Change Orders from within SeRA!
  • Updates and reformatting of the Award Approval Notification (AAN) and Notice of Award (NOA) with Cost Sharing information, IDC base now displayed and new separate Attachment and Contact regions
  • Upgrade to an new View PDRF for easier reading
  • Update to Other Support Report - General format to be consistent with the NSF format with downloading options of Microsoft Word or Adobe .PDF.  Reports now pull only the active role of faculty if s/he switched roles on the project
  • Refinement of Other Support Report - NIH format to match NIH requirements.  Prime agreement number now pulled into report; tuning on sponsor and prime sponsor, and Major Goals and Project Title displays
  • eProtocol integration with refreshing and updating of protocol information within the PDRF Project Questions page including scheduled review panel dates
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) links updated corresponding to the Feb. 11, 2017 move of COI Training from STARS to OPACS.  Unless COI Training is completed, award funds cannot be released
  • Validation of Statement of Work (SOW) attachment uploading for proposals requiring Export Control review
  • Subaward attachments now integrated with SPO-Project level attachments with linking ability

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Sigma Release Notes

NOTE:  Following each SeRA release it’s necessary to clear your internet browser cache and cookies.  The following simultaneous key strokes will clear the respective browsers.  Once the browser is cleared, close and re-open the browser, then open a new SeRA session.

  • Mozilla Firefox  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Chrome  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delet
  • Internet Explorer  –  Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Safari iOS  –  Ctrl + Alt + e

SeRA Rho Release - December 9, 2016

The SeRA System received an update - the Rho Release, on December 9th, 2016.

This release includes a number of exciting new features including:

  • New look for the My Projects faculty page
  • Updates to the NIH Other Support Report
  • Build-out of the OSR Request Form for New Oracle fabrication Projects-Task requests
  • Upgrades related to the protocol interface (allow multiple, display for departments, improved search)
  • Upgrades to the Budget Details page (allow multiple custom rates, default to 5 periods)
  • Compliance requirements for NIH Clinical Trials
  • Support COI training changes for PHS sponsored awards
  • SeRA notification banner

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Rho Release Notes


SeRA Pi Release - October 8, 2016

A new version of SeRA was deployed on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.   This release includes a upgrade for My Project which will now show all projects for a faculty member is participating in, regardless if they are the lead PI or collaborating in a different role.   The ability to enter, edit and maintain project major goals has been added.  The project goals will feed into the Other Support Report.  Further facilitating the management of the Other Support Report is a streamlined interface for faculty to reject submitted pending proposals from My Projects.

OSR Request Form transactions received quite a few updates.  The first update is the new Initiate New Transaction pop-up window once a request type is selected.  Request which are relates to Oracle PTAs will now create a PTA Transaction to prepare updates and pushed into Oracle.  Requests for a New Oracle Task will be facilitated by a PTA Transaction which provides PTA Configuration overview while allowing the requestor to add new tasks.  Budget Reallocation requests will also trigger a PTA Transaction in which users can select the familiar pencil edit icon to rebudget amongst tasks.

Requests for Cost Sharing Award-Task will prompt for the purpose type of cost sharing of either overdraft or PI effort and the related Oracle Award and Project to which the cost share award-task is related to.  The no-cost extension request form now provides estimated fund balance and commitment figures, extension request justification and description of work comment boxes, and an effort change flag to capture what was formerly submitted on the paper OSR Form 49 – no-cost extension request form.  OSR Request Form transactions can now be opened from the Advanced Search and Pipeline tab.

A new Project page has been added to capture contact information of external parties which will save users form searching and downloading attachments for contact information.  The Project Personnel has been renamed as the People page with two tabs – Contacts and Faculty where appropriate names and contact information are entered and stored.

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Pi Release Notes


SeRA Omicron Release - July 17, 2016

A new version of SeRA was deployed on Sunday, July 17th, 2016.   This release includes a technical upgrade for PTA Manager, Subaward, and Accounting Reporting & Closeout modules. The technical updates impacted central office slightly more, while the upgrade to the PTA Manager module impacted departments equally.

This upgrade updates the look-and-feel of the modules and aligns all modules in terms of thematic uniformity.  In addition, improvements to the OSR Request Form, the opening up of the Budget Details page to departmental users, and a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes were included in the release.  Full details are available in the Omicron Release Notes


SeRA Xi Release - May 7, 2016

While the primary objective of the release was to improve system performance, there were a few new features implemented that you may be interested in:

  • Within the PDRF, you’ll now see a “Previous” button alongside the “Next” button for easier navigation.
  • Departmental Administrators and PIs can now mark their unfunded proposals as “Rejected” in the system.  This will help keep the Other Support report data up to date.  (note: there are other improvements on the horizon to make the Other Support reports more useable and maintainable.  Stay tuned.)
  • Departmental Administrators can now remove the auto-generated subaward tasks during Account setup transactions.

The release also includes a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.  Full details are available in the Xi Release Notes


SeRA Technical Release - March 12, 2016

SeRA underwent a release to upgrade technical infrastructure on March 12, 2016.

With the Technical Release, SeRA has a new look and feel and an improved user experience including:

  • Applying the Apex "Universal Theme" across the website
  • Upgrade of Apex code to version 5.0.2
  • Upgrade of database to Oracle 12c
  • New interface to align with Stanford website design themes
  • Implementation of Stanford Brand Bar and Universal Footer
  • Use of Stanford web color palette and fonts
  • Locked transaction page header while scrolling
  • Updated left hand navigation menu with hide/show function
  • New right hand Actions and Quick Links menu
  • New headers for each region of each page with hide/show function
  • New region links to go directly to specific regions of a page
  • New “back-to-top” button feature to return to top of page
  • Clickable Dashboard column function to sort, filter and hide columns
  • Improved pop-up window display and function
  • Auto display sizing based on browser sizing
  • Responsive mobile device interface display
  • Interactive report enhancements

 

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