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Stanford electronic Research Administration System (SeRA)

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 enables the online creation, extension, and amendment of PTAs for sponsored projects.


  • Helps automate and streamline research administration on campus
  • Tracks the stages of the research project lifecycle from initial proposal to award closeout
  • System enhancements deployed every 10 to 12 weeks

Getting started

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

If you would like departmental or central office access, please submit a HelpSU request. If you would like more information about using SeRA, visit the Stanford University DoResearch website for user guides

Last modified January 7, 2016