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Stanford electronic Research Administration System (SeRA)

The enterprise solution for research administration at Stanford

The Stanford electronic Research Administration System (SeRA) is an enterprise-wide system that supports research administration at Stanford. SeRA tracks the various stages of the sponsored project lifecycle and is the institutional system of record for sponsored projects. 

The major components of SeRA are:

  • Proposal Development and Routing Form (PDRF) — This online form facilitates the administration of all facets of proposal tracking: routing, approval, and submission.
  • Award Processing — The award processing module tracks intake, negotiation, and acceptance of awards.
  • Financial Account Setup — The Sponsored PTA Manager module enables the online creation, extension, and amendment of PTAs for sponsored projects.
  • Financial Account Closeout — The Account Closeout & Reporting module (ARC) tracks the financial closeout activities related to sponsored projects.
  • Subaward Processing — The Subaward Processing module tracks the negotiation and acceptance of contracts between Stanford and subrecipients as well as tracking the annual monitoring of subrecipients.


  • Helps automate and streamline research administration on campus
  • Tracks the stages of the research project lifecycle from initial proposal to award closeout
  • Provides data and information to support the management of sponsored research projects
  • System enhancements typically deployed every 10 to 12 weeks

Designed for

Faculty, staff, and students


You must have an active SUNet ID. 

Data security

This service is not intended for use with High Risk Data, as defined by the Information Security Office. 


Free of charge

Get started

All users with a sponsored SUNet ID can access SeRA. Various security roles determine what you can view or do in the system.

If you would like departmental or central office access, please submit a Help request. If you would like more information about using SeRA, visit the SeRA site on the Stanford DoResearch website or view our user guides

Get help

Submit a Help request

Last modified November 10, 2023