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December 14, 2023  -  February 14, 2024

Research Administration Certification Program (RACP)

Winter 2024 RACP Registration and Program Information
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.

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The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Division of Financial Services (DFS) 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 February 10th, 2023. A program certificate will be issued after all program requirements are met.

There is no fee for this program.


We are offering our FALL 2023 cohort virtually through a series of 1.5 hour Zoom meetings over the course of 5 weeks in January and february.


Date Time
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Monday, January 22, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Monday, January 29, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Monday, February 5, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2024 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 9-10:30 a.m.; 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.


How to Apply

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

Deadline for application: Friday, December 22nd 2023, by 5:00 p.m.

Attendance is required at all sessions. Accepted applicants will have their registration confirmed by Wednesday, January 3, 2024. 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 Services (DFS) 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 Conduct 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