Research Administration

Sponsored programs are an important part of the University's financial portfolio and directly support key components of the University's mission.  Most sponsored programs support research or scholarly work and related activities.  They may be funded by a variety of sponsors (e.g., Federal or State agencies, private companies, or non-profit foundations) and are awarded to the University as grants, contracts or cooperative agreements.  To accept sponsored programs, the University must come to an agreement with the sponsor on what terms and conditions will apply to the award.  For example, the University and the sponsor must agree on the scope of the activities to be performed, what may and may not be paid for with sponsor funds, who owns any resulting intellectual property, how payments will be made, and what deliverables must be provided to the sponsor.

Given the complexity involved in the administration and management of sponsored programs, Finance Outreach and Compliance (FOC) offers a variety of courses and other training opportunities specifically geared to the Research Administrators who support these programs as well as other employees who may be interested in moving into a research administration position.  

Individual Courses

The following course is a joint effort between numerous groups involved with research administration and the Curry School of Education with the purpose of giving a broader overview of Research Administration as a career.  If you are interested in learning more about Research Administration or one of the sub-areas (pre-award, post award, etc.), this course is for you.  You will need to log in through NetBadge to access the course:

Certified Research Administrator Review Course 

Each fall FOC offers the CRA Review course for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of research administration and potentially sitting for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-Award Administrator (CPRA) and Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA) exams offered by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). 

The next course will be offered in Fall, 2019 and will consist of weekly lunchtime sessions that will focus on specific areas of the RACC Body of Knowledge.  Registration is now open, but space is limited to 20.  Priority will go to those who plan on sitting for the exam in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.  For more information on the CRA Review course view the detailed page ( or contact Erika Priddy (x3-7295).  To register, click HERE.   

Other Opportunities

While some training topics may be unique to sponsored programs, much of the day-to-day financial work of research administrators is done in the University's Integrated System.  If you have responsibilities in the finance modules of the Integrated System, you will be required to attend FOC's instructor-led Finance Fundamentals course and to complete the online courses associated with your specific responsibilities. Check HERE to see what training you may need for your responsibilities.