Research IT Institutional Advisory Boards


ERIS established Advisory Boards within MGH and BWH composed of senior PI's and subject matter experts involved in computing and computing technology.  The ongoing mission of the Institutional Advisory Boards is to guide and develop the research information service & technology (IS&T) strategy for the research community. The objective is to differentiate Mass General Brigham's institutions as the leading academic medical centers in the U.S. through use of information technologies and services that can be leveraged by research users. These services may be provided by each institution through institutional allocation to Academic Programs or to Mass General Brigham Information Systems (IS), or through fee-for-service.


The acting goals of the Advisory Boards are to provide regular guidance and feedback to ERIS and Research Management on current and future IS&T services, service needs/requirements, priorities, technology, outreach/dissemination, policy, and organizational development.

These can be categorized into two overarching goals:

  1. Advance the ERIS portfolio of services to meet evolving research needs.
  • Discuss service requirements and needs improvements to augment current services.
  • Provide input and feedback regarding near and long-term new service needs; new developments in research that will have IS&T reliance/impact.
  • Assist in budget justification and prioritization of IS&T projects and services from the beginning for ERIS and Senior Research Leadership.
  1. Advocate for the community by providing requirements and strategic direction to institutionally-led projects and initiatives involving Mass General Brigham IS.
  • e.g. Email, remote access, security policies, networking, eCare.


Each working group is comprised of an internal network of experts who have agreed to give meaningful help on a regular basis in the essential IS&T areas listed above.  In addition, the groups will advise senior research management in its strategic decision-making process.  Members' abilities, experience, and knowledge are selected for how they complement a particular project, ability to provide insight from the scientific community into IS&T needs and requirements, or the organization as a whole.  

Each Advisory Board will be called upon to gather 3-4 times per year, on average, as a group but also to provide feedback on specific, time-sensitive issues as they arise individually.