Training opportunities for research administrators

Following are training opportunities related to administration of research projects:

The Sponsored Project Administration Series: Research Administration 101 begins in July and runs through November. The series includes:

  1. Research Administration 101: Introduction — Wed. July 23 — 9AM-noon
  2. Research Administration 101: Proposal Preparation — Wed. August 20 — 9AM-noon
  3. Research Administration 101: Agreement Types — Wed. September 17 — 9AM-noon
  4. Research Administration 101: Award Management — Wed. October 15 — 9AM-noon
  5. Research Administration 101: Compliance — Wed. November 12 — 9AM-noon

To register and view the full schedule, session details, presentors, and location, please go to Information on other Sponsored Project Administration Series sessions (e.g., effort reporting and WISPER are also available at:

IACUC 101 & 201 PLUS Workshops: will be held on August 13 and 14, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Colorado State University will host the programs with support from the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), the National Wildlife Research Center, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See NIH notice NOT-OD-08-093 at for details.

NCURA Fundamentals and SPA II opportunities: NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators*) will be on campus in September, providing two intense 3-day training opportunities (see details below). Attendance by individuals in CALS who are involved in proposal development and grants management is strongly encouraged. Registration is now open, but enrollment is limited — early registration is recommended. To encourage participation by individuals in CALS, CALS Research Division will provide $350 toward (non-member) registration for up 25 individuals on a first-come basis ($290 for members). Support will be limited to individuals who have not previously attended NCURA Fundamentals or SPA II. Individuals requesting support (a CALS stipend) should direct their requests to Casey at for approval.

  1. NCURA Fundamentals of Sponsored Project Administration, September 3-5, 2008 at the Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wis. Fundamentals is primarily for the newcomer involved in sponsored projects administration at higher education institutions and affiliates, or for the individual who has worked primarily in only one area of sponsored projects administration and is seeking a broader view of the field. This session is targeted specifically to: proposal development personnel, sponsored projects administrators, grant and contract accountants, departmental administrators, research compliance administrators and others with newly acquired responsibilities in sponsored projects administration. For more information or to register:
  2. NCURA Sponsored Project Administration Level II (SPA II), September 3-5, 2008 at the Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wis. SPA II is for the more experienced research administrator. SPA II differs from the Fundamentals program in a number of important ways. Though Fundamentals is not a prerequisite to enrolling in SPA II, attendees are encouraged to have a minimum of three years of sponsored projects administration experience in order to understand and contribute to the discussion. Where Fundamentals provides a broad, sweeping overview of sponsored projects from “cradle to grave,” SPA II takes a focused, in-depth view of a limited number of topics and issues. This approach enables the use of discussion and case studies to provide for greater audience participation. The Open Forum is another unique feature of SPA II where participants can pose questions and engage in lively discussion about virtually any aspect of research administration. For more information or to register:

*NCURA is an organization which 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. You can access their website at http://www.ncura. edu