Niner Research

Niner Research is a new integrated electronic research administration (eRA) system that will help manage UNC Charlotte's research and research compliance activities. This system provides a range of new features and tighter integration of the diverse aspects of our research enterprise, including proposal and contract administration, conflict of interest management, the use of laboratory animals, biosafety, and human subject research. Niner Research will completely replace the existing legacy systems of NORM, IRBIS, and AIR by Sept. 30, 2021. 

Grants Modules Now Available: 

NORM will officially retire as our system for proposal development and submission on May 15, 2021.  Starting March 9, 2021, faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to begin to submit new proposals using Niner Research. For an overview of the launch of the Niner Research Grants Modules please view this memo

Training in the navigation, features, and use of the Grants modules in Niner Research is divided into four 1-hour sessions. Sessions 2-4 build upon the content of the previous sessions. Therefore, they should be taken in sequence.  Viewers and Approvers are encouraged to become Niner Research Champions by completing the first training session which provides a broad overview of the grants modules, including the proposal reviewer dashboard.  Similarly, Developers are encouraged to complete sessions 1 and 2 to be certified as Niner Research ExpertsSuperUsers require more advanced training and are encouraged to complete all four sessions. Training certifications (Niner Research Champion, Expert, and SuperUser) will be issued following the successful completion of the corresponding training requirements.

Online, instructor-led training sessions begin this week (March 8) and will continue for the next 12 weeks.  Space is limited and registration through Percipio is required. Please use the links below to register for one or more of the sessions.

  1. Session 1: Introduction to Niner Research Grants Modules
  2. Session 2: Proposal Development Basics
  3. Session 3: Complex Budgets and Tracking Proposals and Awards
  4. Session 4: Award Tracking and Agreements

Niner Research Login

Test/Training Environment

Need Technical Help?

Video Tutorials and Documentation

The Research and Economic Development Department is committed to providing the UNC Charlotte research community with the services required to fulfill their research administration needs at an optimum level. In addition to the live training sessions outlined above, a series of short tutorials and video demonstrations to help users become familiar with both the basic and more advanced features of Niner Research are listed below.  If you would like to suggest a tutorial topic for our consideration, please email us at

Reference Guide

Help Video

Niner Research Basics  Video
Delegates Reference Guide Video


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Chris Krumm - 704-687-1865

  • System Admin: Access/Technical 

Reference Guide

Proposal Development: Creating, completing and routing proposals
Proposal Tracking and Award Tracking: PT and AT Navigation
Proposal Review:  How to review and approve proposals in Niner Research
Sponsored Programs Budget Budgeting in PD, PT, and AT


Video Tutorials and Demos

Proposal Development Award Tracking
How to create a proposal in Niner Research How do I access an award from Proposal Tracking in Niner Research
How to navigate the review and approval dashboard How do I access and view an award in Niner Research
How to create a budget in Niner Research How do I search for an award in Niner Research
How to finalize a proposal in Niner Research How do I access Award Page Setup in Niner Research
How to complete and route a minimum effort waiver in Niner Research How do I access Award Agreements in Niner Research
How do I complete and route a F&A Waiver in Niner Research  


Ellen Zavala - 704-687-1881
Stafford Famer - 704-687-1860

  • Proposal Development

Nikki Simmons - 704-687-1885
Debbie Bolick - 704-687-1883

  • Agreements

Nikki Simmons - 704-687-1885
Leslie Jenkins - 704-687-1868

  • Proposal Tracking
  • Award Tracking (Contracting)
  • Subawards
  • Change Requests (Contracting)

Darlene Booker - 704-687-1873
Kathy Edwards - 704-687-1858

  • Award Tracking (Post Award)
  • Change Requests (Post Award)
  • Financial Tracking
  • Fund Setup

Christelle McKinney - 704-687-1886
Tracee Jackson - 704-687-1863

  • Subrecipient Monitoring

Visit our Conflict of Interest page and view the Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about the form. The Reference guides below will help in completing actions within Niner Research. 

Reference Guide

Help Video

Preparing for your Conflict of Interest Disclosure  
How to do a Disclosure  Video
Reviewing a notice of intent to participate in EPAP Video



Sherry Loyd - 704-687-8270‚Äč

  • Associate Director and Conflict of Interest Manager