Research Titles and Staffing

The Division of Research administers research position titling and compensation procedures. This includes all requests for new research staff positions, new hires and transfers, reclassifications and promotions, and out of cycle one time merit payments and salary increases.


Research Personnel Action (RPA) Form
This form is used to help departments administer research staffing and compensation. The form includes useful tools such as a checklist, applicable rules, and a research position matrix. A completed RPA is required for most requests that require an EPA document. Percent effort changes do not require the Vice President for Research (VPR) approval; however, the most recent RPA must be sent with the EPA to Payroll. Requests for a one-time merit payment or an alternate work location do not require an RPA, but must route for VPR approval before being processed.

Research Titles