Tim Linker, DORED’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, has earned his Certified Federal Contract Manager certification. The certification is administered through the National Contract Manager’s Association, of which Mr. Linker is a member. Though most of N.C. A&T’s federal funding is oriented towards grants and cooperative agreements, federal contracting is an area of growth through sponsors such as the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Having a staff member who understands the entire spectrum of federal contracting bolsters DORED’s ability to support faculty. Linker is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators International, for whom he teaches on topics such as federal contracting and research negotiation.