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What is TRAQ?

TRAQ (TOOLS for RESEARCH at Queen’s) is a new tool that has been recently implemented by University Research Services. It is an e-submission system designed to streamline research-related administrative processes.

TRAQ General Questions

What can I do with it?

TRAQ lets you submit internal research documents electronically (grant and contracts submission forms, compliance applications (GREB, HSREB, Biohazards) etc.).

If you are a reviewer/committee member or signing authority, you can also access, review, and approve applications electronically through the system.

Forms completed through TRAQ will be routed electronically for signature – no wet signatures required.

Which forms are available in TRAQ?

Currently available forms include: the TRAQ DSS award form for internal grants and contracts, the HSREB Human Ethics forms, GREB (Social Sciences) Human Ethics form and the Biohazard Form. 

Why did my TRAQ file used to have a shorter 5 digit file number, but it's now been replaced by a longer 7 digit number and I can no longer find my file?

When you create a TRAQ file – whether it be a Human Ethics (HSREB/GREB) file, a Biohazard file, or an Awards (grants/contracts) file – it is automatically assigned a temporary 5-digit number (Ref No). Once the file has been submitted and has gone through all levels of approval (e.g. Unit REB, Hospital Operational Directors, Department Head, and/or Faculty Signing Authority, depending on the type of file submitted) and is received by the appropriate administrative unit (e.g. HSREB/GREB Committees, Biohazard Committee, University Research Services) it is automatically re-assigned a permanent 7-digit file number.

Why should I use it?

TRAQ is designed to save two valuable resources: namely, time and paper. This system captures all of your research activity over time, providing you with a comprehensive record of all your research initiatives. Even documents (full grant applications, consent forms, etc.) can be housed in the system for quick and easy future reference.

Post-approval activities, such as compliance ( renewals, amendments, Serious Adverse Events reports), annual report submissions and extension requests for internal awards, will also be submitted online.

What internet browsers are compatible with the TRAQ system?

Mozilla Firefox 25.0+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, Google Chrome. Internet Explorer 10 users should remember to turn on Compatibility View. Safari is not fully tested and compatible with the TRAQ system yet.

Is there legacy data in the new system?

Queen’s Investigators currently have access to information regarding their own active certifications (human ethics, biohazards) held since 1998 and can apply electronically for various certifications through the TRAQ Research Portal. In the upcoming release of awards module, researchers will be able to access their DSS approved applications since 2004 and declined applications since 2009.

Can I access TRAQ from off-campus?

Currently, direct TRAQ access is available from off-campus and on different mobile devices (IPad and other tablets).

Researcher Portal

What does ROMEO stand for?

Research Office | Ethics Office.

How do I find it?

Log in to Researcher Portal login - this link will bring you directly to your personal Researcher Portal homepage.

I am a Project Team Member not the Principal Investigator. What happens if I inadvertently submit  an event form which only PI's are permitted to submit?

Event forms, unlike the original application form cannot be sent back to the researcher for correction. If the incorrect person submits the event it will be discarded and you will be contacted to create a new event for submission by the PI.

How can I confirm that my application has been submitted?

You will receive a confirmation email.

How can I confirm that my event form has been submitted?

Sign in to your researcher portal. Click on that particular file and select the tab 'events'. Your event form will move from 'my saved events' to 'my events' with status submitted by researcher. Watch  Submitting and Tracking Event Forms  for more information.

Why do files lock, and how do I unlock them?

Although multiple users can view one file simultaneously, only one user can edit a file at any given time. While the file is being edited, ROMEO locks the file to other users. Once the user saves and exits the file, the file unlocks and is accessible to other users for additional edits. If, however, the file is not saved and closed properly, the file has to be manually unlocked by TRAQ support.

TRAQ DSS Form for Hospital-Based Research

What is considered Hospital-based Research?

If your research meets ANY of the following criteria, check “YES” to Question 1.6 within the TRAQ DSS FORM:

  • Research occurs in a hospital setting;
  • Research utilizes or requires hospital staff, space, services and/or other resources;
  • Research offices for yourself and/or your research staff/students/trainees are located in a hospital setting OR your research lab, unit, centre, space, and/or equipment is located in a hospital setting, even if your research project is occurring off-site;
  • Research involves obtaining or retrieving patient biological samples/specimens from patients seen (or samples stored) at one of the hospitals for lab projects and transported to your research lab located within OR outside of the hospital (i.e. Botterell Hall, CRI);
  • Research involves extracting patient data from hospital medical records;
  • Research involves purchasing supplies or equipment at/through the hospitals;
  • Research involves the use of hospital services and payment to hospital departments;
  • Research funds will be held within one of the hospitals/hospital research institutes.
Who are the appropriate Hospital Operational Directors and Research Directors?

If your answer is “YES” to Question 1.6 in the TRAQ DSS FORM, you MUST select the appropriate Research Director(s) to approve based on which hospital(s) are impacted and selected under Questions 3.1-3.3. Research Directors are as follows: HDH - Vic Sahai, KGH - Veronica Harris-McAllister, PC - Kathleen Fitzpatrick. You MUST also identify ALL hospital departments that will be impacted by your research on the "Other Approvals" under the APPROVALS tab. You must check off the hospital department even if you or your research staff/students/trainees are the ones accessing the space (versus Hospital staff) and carrying out the research activities OR if the study involves usual care/standard of care. The hospital departments need to be made aware of any impact to the flow of patient operations even if hospital staff and resources are not used.

When should I submit a TRAQ DSS FORM?

Only the Principal Investigator (a Faculty Member) can submit a TRAQ DSS FORM. A TRAQ DSS FORM* MUST be completed: (1) if you are applying for any internal or external research funding, (2) there are no funds for the research project (for ethics only) BUT your research is considered Hospital-based Research as HODs & Research Directors’ signoff is required, OR (3) if you require legal review of your agreements/contracts. It is important for researchers to consult early with the various hospital departments (Hospital Operational Directors (HODs)) to get an estimate (e.g. lab, pharmacy, and imaging costs, salary and benefit recovery for hospital staff used, supplies, equipment, and medication costs) to help develop their budgets. The TRAQ DSS FORM MUST be submitted at least 15 business days in advance of the funding agency deadline to ensure all hospital approvals are in place. It is also recommended that PIs consult with HODs well in advance of the deadline (> 1 month) to discuss any issues involving impact on patient flow, budgeting for hospital services and cost recovery, preparing a human ethics review submission, etc.

What documents need to be attached to TRAQ DSS FORM prior to submission?

For Hospital-based Research projects, researchers MUST attach the following documents with their TRAQ DSS FORM prior to submission:

  • Research proposal or study protocol (draft version accepted)
  • Budget or budget justification (if applicable, draft version accepted)
  • Hospital Departmental Impact & Information Form
  • KGH/HDH Laboratory Services Study Request Form if using KGH/HDH lab services for ANY biological samples/specimens used in your research project (standard of care AND/OR above standard of care).
  • KGH/HDH Pharmacy Services Study Request Form if using KGH/HDH pharmacy services for ANY drug monitoring, storage, mixing or blinding in your research project (standard of care AND/OR above standard of care). Other important documents to upload, if applicable:
  • For research projects involving an Informed Consent Form, please upload if available
  • For research projects working with industry or other academic partners outside of Queen’s and/or local hospital(s)/hospital research institute(s) that require legal review of an agreement/contract, please upload the Study Agreement so that the contract review process can commence at Queen’s
  • Future Study Agreement Amendments: Please log into TRAQ and under your Applications (post review), add an event to your TRAQ DSS FORM file. Click on EVENTS tab and select the AMENDMENT FORM link. Complete the Amendment Form and upload an electronic version of the Amendment contract and submit. This will initiate the review of the amendment by Queen’s.
  • Investigator Brochure or Product Monograph, if available (industry-sponsored clinical drug trials)
  • HSREB, CTO and/or OCREB certification approval letter, if already obtained.


I have submitted a HSREB application with all my documents, why do I need to attach them to my TRAQ DSS FORM?

HODs & Research Directors DO NOT have access to the HSREB information and therefore do not have a complete picture of the proposed study and the proposed flow of patients/participants within and outside the hospitals for their visits. You MUST include the documents listed above and attach the files to your TRAQ DSS FORM under the “Attachments” Tab. These documents are required before ANY HOD and/or Research Director can sign-off. The combination of supporting documents and the revised Hospital Department Impact and Information Form attached to a TRAQ DSS FORM will help to expedite the hospital review process. Once signed off, the file will be forwarded to your Queen’s Department Head for approval. The approvals process is as follows:

PI submits TRAQ DSS - Hospital Signing Authority - Departmental Signing Authority (Queen's Dept. Head) - Faculty Signing Authority - URS Receives TRAQ DSS

What do I put in the budget/sponsor information section?

If there are funds to be received for your project, you need to indicate the amount of funding you will be requesting from the agency by completing a “funding disbursement” screen. Start by clicking on “Add New” at the bottom of the Sponsor Info screen. Enter the anticipated start date of your project, the fiscal year data field above will automatically populate. Enter the total amount of requested cash (this amount should include the overhead if applicable), or expected in-kind contribution. You can indicate ‘draft’ in the notes section on this page; if your project receives funding, the final budget will be verified prior to submission to Research Accounting. If your study is a clinical trial, please provide an estimate budget by multiplying the estimated number of subjects by the case cost per subject. If you are applying for an overhead waiver please also note this in the comments section and upload your signed waiver form to your TRAQ DSS FORM.

Why do I have to link my pending human ethics certifications to my application? If I don’t get the funding I’m not doing the project!

Pending certification(s) still need to be linked even if you are not applying to an ethics review system (HSREB, CTO, OCREB) at the time of your submission to a granting agency. You will need to have your certifications in place before you can commence your research or open a research account. Thus, linking your pending certifications in your TRAQ DSS FORM can help to avoid delays in starting your research or opening a research account once your grant or contract is funded. Please remember to check off in the TRAQ DSS FORM the type of ethics review (i.e. HSREB, OCREB or CTO) being used for your project. The TRAQ DSS FORM also captures all of your HODs & Research Directors and Department Head approvals, which are required when submitting to a granting agency or having an agreement reviewed by the Queen’s Industry Partnership Office. Please remember to Click “Add New” under Related Certifications to make note of HSREB/CTO/OCREB certifications submitted OR your intention to submit to these review committees.

There is no funding for my project and I am applying to HSREB for human ethics review only: do I need to complete a TRAQ DSS FORM?

Yes. All researchers conducting Hospital-based Research MUST complete a TRAQ DSS FORM, even if there are no funds administered (for ethics only) for your research project. The TRAQ DSS FORM captures all of your HODs, Research Director(s), Department Head, and Faculty approvals.

FAST Financial Reporting

I received notification that my project has been set-up in PeopleSoft. When will I be able to run my project reports in FAST?

FAST is refreshed nightly. If your project was set-up today, it will show up in FAST tomorrow.

I am a project team member on a research project. How do I obtain access to the project in FAST?

First you must be a project team member on the existing file in the TRAQ Awards module (if you are not, learn how to submit an amendment event: Submitting and Tracking Event Forms). Project team members can create a new Research Accounting event form and attach the completed Signing Authority & Portal Access - Research form to obtain project security. Please watch Research Accounting Form - Where is it? How do I complete & submit it? for more information.

Obtaining access to projects in FAST using electronic submission through TRAQ Print the completed, signed Signing Authority & Portal Access - Research form by clicking Print Form. Scan and upload the document to the attachments tab of your TRAQ Research Accounting Event Form. Save & Close. Ask your PI to sign in to TRAQ and submit the event form.

Once your permissions have been set up, you will access FAST Financial Report by signing into MyQueensU/SOLUS portal and clicking on My Applications and then on Go to FAST Administrative Support Tool (FAST). You could also select any of the popular research reports listed on the main page. Please visit our Moodle course for additional training on security and how to run reports in FAST.

Which reports and queries will no longer be available when PeopleSoft upgrades to 9.2 on October 20th?

We will maintain a list of PeopleSoft reports and queries mapped to FAST in this section so please visit often!

I would like to review monthly transactions at the detail level in FAST. I’m looking for a report, similar to the XML Statement of Operations – GL Transaction Details. How do I do this?

1. The easiest way to review the monthly revenue and expense transactions would be to run the applicable statement of operations (Statement of Operations Non Research or Statement of Operations Research). At the bottom of the report there is a 'Total' line that has hyperlink for month actuals and year to date actuals. Clicking on the hyperlink for month actuals will provide the transaction detail for revenue and expense for the month.

2. An alternative would be to run the Transaction Detail Revenue and Expense from the Applications Info tab and choose the applicable chartfield & date range criteria.

Running Financial Reports for the New Fiscal Year: Why is the full value of payroll commitments not showing up in my department or project report in FAST?

Salary is only committed until the end of the fiscal year (April). When the first payroll is processed in the new fiscal year (May 24th) you will see the remaining salary commitments for that fiscal year (May 1 – Apr 30) or until the end of the salary contract, whichever occurs first.