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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:

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.