Training for Sponsored Program Staff
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
Watch the Report Center Training Webinar
Sign up for additional one on one help, as needed.
Training for AP / Purchasing Staff
- Access to Org Campus Supplier Update
- Supplier File Reference Guide
- Supplier File Naming Standards
- Supplier File Quick Reference Guide
- Supplier File Types Quick Reference Guide
- Process Help
- Report Help
- Procurement Policy Update Training
- Complete Supplier File Basics Online Course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be assigned the course.
Essential Programs for All Staff
Contact email@example.com 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
Subscribe to NCURA YouTube Channel- New training videos added every week!
Learn about the Research Administrators' Virtual Academy.
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.
Need More Training?
Submit a request to the RF Learning and Development team for consideration firstname.lastname@example.org