STAR graphic with Plan, Propose, Setup, Manage, Closeout


The STAR System models all the stages and major activities involved in typical research projects. Activities include a combination of both programmatic/scientific and administrative tasks.

Research projects start by developing a research question and aligning a proposal with applicable funding opportunities. As research is conducted, a variety of personnel follow compliance requirements, maintain budgets and collect and analyze data. Projects conclude with final technical and financial reporting as well as scientific dissemination of the research outcomes.

STAR System Stages


Developing a research inquiry and identifying appropriate sponsor funding.

Go to Plan


Aligning and writing a proposal to successfully obtain an award.

Go to Propose


Adhering to compliance requirements, preparing data ingress and going live with a project.

Go to Setup


Engaging in research activities and providing timely reporting.

Go to Manage


Finalizing technical and financial reports, disseminating research findings and following data egress and records retention policies.

Go to Closeout