Training for Sponsored Program Staff

SRA International LevelUp course list

The courses you should take depend on the stages of the lifecycle your work focuses on.
Please refer to the chart below for general recommendations.
Consult your campus/supervisor for further guidance.
Courses in bold are highly recommended. Take these courses first. Ideally in first 90 days.

Courses not in bold, take within your first year.

We have 11 courses available in the SRAI Level up program. Depending on where you work in the lifecycle we recommend different courses. Contact us at and we can recommend courses to you based on your role.Contracts Series: Review and Interpretation of Contractual Terms and Conditions

In this 4-part series, hosted by the RF Office of General Counsel, new sponsored program staff learn how to review and interpret contractual terms by breaking down contracts term by term. Participants learned the basics of research agreements, clinical trial agreements, data use agreements, purchase order terms and conditions, as well as spotting and resolving risk-related terms and conditions such as indemnifications, publication restrictions, subject injury, warranty clauses, intellectual property, confidentiality/non-disclosure provisions and more.

    • If you are responsible for reviewing and interpreting contracts, this series may be right for you.
    • Materials are confidential and Supervisor and General Counsel pre-approval is required.
    • Contact to request access.

What You Need to Know Agency by Agency

In this 9-part series, you learn to navigate & identify critical parts of a contract and how to find the information you need to be successful.

    • Speak with your supervisor to determine which sessions are right for you based on which agencies your campus works with.

Watch the series here. Find materials here.

DOD | NIH | NASA | HRSA | NYS, DEC, DOH, NYSED | Department of Homeland Security | DOJ | Department of Commerce | NSF

Thank You Presenters:

Scott Shurtleff, CO | Michael Nichols, CO | Jennifer Rudes, UMC | Mary Abbey, CO | Tracy Parker, CO | Jerry Gauriloff, UA | George Mossad, UA | Joy Houle, SPO | Anne Baldwin, Geneseo | Lisa Gilroy, BU | Linda Hoke, BU | Jennifer Flanagan, BU

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Training for AP / Purchasing Staff

Essential Programs for All Staff

Contact to find out when the next live sessions will be held or watch the archived recordings now at your own pace.

Administrative Support Tools

RF Business System Overview
The RF Business Systems Overview is a self-paced presentation that provides introductory information about the various applications within the RF business system and how you can use them to accomplish your work. The PTAEO, the common element used to track awards, is also defined in this overview.

Additional Training Opportunities

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Learn about the Research Administrators' Virtual Academy.

Learn more about the CRA and CFRA exams.

RF for SUNY Research Administrators' Symposium

Outside Professional Development Opportunities

Federal Demonstration Partnership
The Federal Demonstration Partnership is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 119 institutional recipients of federal funds for Phase V, and is a program sponsored by the Government, University, Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Its purpose is to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts, and provides a unique forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise.

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country and around the world.

National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
NCURA is a member association that serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF is an independent federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences.

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)
The Society of Clinical Research Associates, Inc. is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the continuing education and development of clinical research professionals.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

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