Posted February 4, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Garrett Steed, Training Manager
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Administration Certificate Required Courses
- Proposal Preparation and Submission
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon
Covers general-purpose guidelines and Institute processing procedures, including funding sources, working with an OSP contracting officer and preparation of non-scientific portions of a proposal.
- Budgeting, Budget Justification and Templates
Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m.
Develop a proposal budget and budget justification, while complying with Tech and funding agency policies.
- Grants and Contracts Accounting
Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Explains the management process for sponsored projects.
- Public Responsibility
and Research Commitments
Feb. 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
Covers research compliance topics, including principal investigator responsibilities, research conduct, and university and federal policies and procedures.
- Post-Award Issues
Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to noon
Includes completion and closeout requirements for sponsored project awards.
The Office of Sponsored Programs offers its five core courses in research administration leading to the Departmental Certification in Sponsored Programs during its core course week.
Departmental administrators who have responsibilities relating to sponsored research projects are invited to attend Feb. 9 through Feb. 11.
Departmental Certification in Sponsored Programs consists of five core
courses and two electives. Courses can be taken in any order. Required
core courses include Proposal Preparation and Submission, Public
Responsibility and Research Commitments, Budget Justification and
Templates, Post Award Issues, and Grants and Contracts Accounting.
Every spring semester, OSP offers the five core courses in a two-and-a-half-day session, providing an opportunity to take them all at once. During the fall semester, courses are spaced out on the training calendar.
“It’s also a good networking opportunity and offers a lot of information, especially for those who just came into a university setting,” said OSP Training Manager Garrett Steed. “We’re under a different set of regulations from most other businesses.” After completing the required courses and at least two electives, participants take an “open book” test.
“Attendees learn how to correctly find, format and complete a proposal, budget and other necessary forms,” Steed said. “A departmental administrator can acquire a serious overview of OSP, down to the nuts and bolts. It gives them more confidence in what they are doing, and departments are improving internal processes as their administrators complete the certificate program.”
OSP assists principal investigators in applying for and administering research grants and contracts. All grants, contracts and cooperative agreements come through the office. OSP contracting officers work with sponsors that range from state and local governments to Department of Defense and other federal entities.