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June 22, 2021  -  July 27, 2021

Research Administration Certification Program (RACP)

Summer 2021 Sessions
Presented via ZOOM

Intended to develop and maintain a skilled cadre of research administration professionals within the university and promote a culture of research facilitation, compliance, and integrity.

Event Cost

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) are pleased to announce the dates and call for applicants for the upcoming Research Administration Certification Program (RACP).
RACP is a professional development opportunity designed to educate Cornell staff about sponsored programs administration. The program develops and maintains a skilled cadre of research administration professionals within the university and promotes a culture of research facilitation, compliance, and integrity.
Attendance is recommended for staff whose work supports sponsored projects, particularly those new to the field or new to Cornell University. We strongly encourage that college officers recommend all new administrative managers and administrators attend. Experienced research administrators wishing to refresh their skills are also encouraged to attend.
Participants for each semi-annual cohort are selected after submitting an application for consideration. Registrations will be confirmed with each applicant by June 14, 2021. A program certificate will be issued after all program requirements are met.



Summer 2021

As a result of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, our summer 2021 cohort will be offered virtually through a series of 1.5 hour Zoom meetings over the course of 6 weeks in june and july.


Date Time
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 1, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15, 2021 OSP Roundtable 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 22, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.


How to Apply

Click on the blue "Apply for the Program" button on the top of this event notification and complete the application.

Deadline for application: Friday, June 4, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Attendance is required at all sessions. Accepted applicants will have their registration confirmed by June 14, 2021. If you are interested in attending, we highly recommend that you tentatively block your schedule now to ensure your availability, if selected.

Conditions of acceptance: Attendance at all sessions is required. All attendees are expected to participate fully in the virtual sessions, which will include turning on Zoom video and audio, asking questions live and via chat, and participating in various class exercises via breakout rooms and polls.


Core Course

Principles and Practice of Research Administration at Cornell University

Agenda for Core Training Course: 

Topics to be covered include;

  • Introduction to Research Administration at Cornell
  • Developing and Submitting Proposals
  • Financial Policies and Stewardship
  • Crafting Fully Compliant Budgets
  • Understanding Awards and the Award Process
  • Research Integrity and Compliance at Cornell
  • Technical & Administrative Management of Awarded Projects

Required Courses (To fulfill part of the 15-hour  certificate requirements)

Location Course Title Class Time Website
CITI Online Classes Q8 under CITI Curriculum Essentials of Research Administration 1.0-2.0 hrs
CULearn FIN 114 Financial Management of Sponsored Projects 3.0 hrs
Varies / Zoom Must attend 3 OSP Monthly Roundtables 3.0 hrs Roundtable Event Announcements


Elective Courses (Additional course options to fulfill the 15-hour certificate requirements)

  • Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) training
  • Office of Research Integrity & Assurance (ORIA) training
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Professional organizations (NCURA & SRA)

The chart below contains a list of accepted electives. To request approval for a non-listed workshop or conference to count as an elective please email

Location Course Title Class Time Website
CULearn RMI 100 Everything you wanted to know about risk management and insurance 3.0 hrs
CULearn ACCT 101 Cornell Accounting 101 6.5 hrs
CULearn FIN 104 Financial Stewardship and Ethical Counduct 3.0 hrs
CULearn FIN 108 Unallowable Expenses 3.0 hrs
CULearn FIN 115 Financial Reporting Dashboard, Sponsored Financial Activity 1.5 hrs
CULearn FIN 116 Sponsored Financial-Post Award Administration Requirements 3 hrs
CULearn FIN 202 Reconciliation of Assets and Liabilities and Monitoring Operating Accounts 3.0 hrs
CULearn KFSIDR 1050 Using KFS Dashboards to Manage Transactions 3.0 hrs
CFO FGM101 Federal Grants Management 101 5.0 hrs
CITI Online Classes Q7 under CITI Curriculum Export Compliance 1.0-2.0 hrs
CITI Online Classes fCOI Financial Conflict of Interest 1.0 hr
CITI Online Classes IRB Human Subjects 2.0-3.0 hrs
CITI Online Classes RCR Responsible Conduct of Research 2.0-3.0 hrs
ORIA IACUC Vertebrate Animals 1.0 hr
    NCURA Region II Professional Development Committee Workshops 1 day
    NCURA Traveling Workshops 2.5 days

Continuing Education

  • Research Roundtables (OSP) 3 required to obtain certificate.
  • Ad hoc Outreach Sessions (OSP & SFS)
    Continuing education courses are recommended each year subsequent to initial certification. Sources include all electives. In addition to the Research Roundtables and ad hoc outreach sessions offered by OSP and Sponsored Financial Services (SFS), RACP participants may choose from any of the electives listed above.

Once requirements are successfully completed submit the RACP Electives Form for approval and to receive your certificate.


The Administrative Team Responsible for Conducting the Program

Mary-Margaret Klempa
Office of Sponsored Programs

Jeffrey Silber
Senior Director
Sponsored Financial Services