Istvan Fekete
Full Name
Istvan Fekete
Job Title
Director, Research Office Operations
Huron Consulting LLC
Speaker Bio

Istvan Is currently a Director within Huron's Research Office. Research Office services include research contract negotiations, clinical trial budget negotiations, pre-award proposal preparation, post-award financial management services Including Invoicing, Medicare coverage analysis, and CTMS financial console and calendar builds.  

Professional Experience

Istvan brings over 10 years of progressive research administration experience. Prior to joining Huron, Istvan worked at The University of Chicago for six+ years on all types of research related agreements in the position of Assistant Director Contracts Management. Istvan is familiar with Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Federal Demonstration Partnership subcontract/DTUA templates. Istvan has developed numerous systems and processes to increase contract processing efficiency and decreasing contract turnaround times. He also served on the University of Chicago's Secure Research Computing Oversite Committee.

Since joining Huron Istvan has worked with 20+ clients to provide support in contract negotiations, budget negotiations, post-award services, financial console builds, and CTMS calendar builds. This has provided him a great understanding of the research lifecycle and industry best practices

Signature Engagements

  • Huron’s Research Office
    • Implemented standardized processing timelines and systems in order to provide clients with desired metrics
    • Developed contracting guidelines and budgetary parameters for sites
    • Developed customized workflows in collaboration with clients to ensure integration into current processes and maximum efficiency


  • The University of Chicago
    • Created first ever contract guidelines for numerous agreement types
    • Served on team that developed university wide strategy for securing sensitive research data
    • Served on university’s Research Administration Leadership Committee which set university wide research policies
    • Created systems to more efficiently process contracts


Education and Certifications

  • Loyola University Chicago, Bachelor Business Administration - Management, Manga Cum Laude, 2010



Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Fekete, Istvan, NCURA Magazine, Patient Control Over Biological Samples, Volume 51, NO 2.  
  • Fekete, Istvan, Hannam-Hayes, Janette, and Stores, Katie, NCURA Magazine, Research Administration in a Virtual World, October 2022, page 120.   



  • HFS Chicago Scholars
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  • HFS Chicago Scholars