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June 23, 2020  -  July 23, 2020
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Research Administration Certification Program (RACP)

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
$0.00

Program Information

Dates:

Tuesday, June 23rd
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Introduction to Principles of Research Administration (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Mary-Margaret Klempa)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. Developing and Submitting Proposals, Part 1 (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Eric Van Ostenbridge)
Wednesday, June 24th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Developing and Submitting Proposals, Part 2 (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Eric Van Ostenbridge)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Developing and Submitting Proposals, Part 3 (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Eric Van Ostenbridge)
Thursday, June 25th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Financial Elements of Sponsored Projects: Cost Principles, F&A Costs, Cost Sharing, Program Income, Part 1 (Presenter: Jeff Silber)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Financial Elements of Sponsored Projects: Cost Principles, F&A Costs, Cost Sharing, Program Income, Part 2 (Presenter: Jeff Silber)
Tuesday, June 30th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Developing Budgets, Part 1 (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Tammy Wildenstein, Rose Hastings, Janet Strait)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Developing Budgets, Part 2 (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Tammy Wildenstein, Rose Hastings, Janet Strait)
Thursday, July 2nd
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Budget Exercise (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Tammy Wildenstein)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Award Types, Interpreting Award Documents (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Columbia Warren)
Tuesday, July 7th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Common Award Terms and Conditions, Award Review Exercise (Presenter: Jamie Sprague)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Non-Financial Agreements, Intellectual Property (Presenters: Sarah Schlagter, Tom Goodness)
Thursday, July 9th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Subawards (Presenters: Tammy Wildenstein, Hayley Kresock, Jamie Sprague)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Post-Award Non-Financial Award Management, Closeout (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Paul Reyes)
Tuesday, July 14th
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Human Subjects Research, Animal Care and Use Programs, Financial Conflict of Interest (Presenters: Christine Bellezza, Robert Felt, Bridget MacRae)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Human Subjects Research, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Environmental Health & Safety (Presenters: Myles Gideon, Brenda Coolbaugh, Joshua Turse)
Thursday, July 16th
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. - OSP Roundtable
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Risk Management, Export Controls and Foreign Influence (Presenters: Nakeschi Watkins, Sarah Schlagter, Jamie Sprague)
Tuesday, July 21st
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Financial Elements of Sponsored Projects: Post Award Financial Management, Project Closeout, Audits, Part 1 (Presenter: Jeff Silber)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Financial Elements of Sponsored Projects: Post Award Financial Management, Project Closeout, Audits, Part 2 (Presenter: Jeff Silber)
Thursday, July 23rd
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. - Electronic Research Administration (Presenters: Tammy Custer, Carrie Susskind, Jamie Sprague)
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Current Topics in Research Administration & Course Wrap-up (Presenters: Jamie Sprague, Mary-Margaret Klempa)

Recommended For

Staff whose work supports sponsored projects, particularly those new to the field or new to Cornell.

Cornell University’s Research Administration Certification Program (RACP), developed in collaboration with a cross-campus advisory committee, and coordinated through a partnership between the Office of Sponsored Programs and Division of Financial Affairs, is a professional development opportunity designed to educate Cornell staff about sponsored programs administration.

The purpose of the program is to develop and maintain a skilled cadre of research administration professionals within the university and to promote a culture of research facilitation, compliance, and integrity. This program is recommended for staff whose work supports sponsored projects, particularly those new to the field or new to Cornell University.

The curriculum provides a high-level overview of key concepts related to sponsored programs administration at Cornell. The five-day core training program is offered twice a year. Participants attend lectures and use problem-based learning exercises to engage in real-world issues. In addition to the core courses, 15 hours of a combination of the required and elective courses are required within one year. Continuing education is also encouraged.

 

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 https://www.oria.cornell.edu/training_landing.cfm
CULearn FIN 114 Financial Management of Sponsored Projects 3.0 hrs https://culearn.cornell.edu
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 osp-help@cornell.edu.

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

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.

How to Apply

Deadline for application: Wednesday June 10, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Attendance is required at all sessions. There is no registration fee for the program. If you are interested in attending please complete this applicationAccepted applicants will have their registration confirmed by June 17, 2020. If you are interested in attending, we highly recommend that you tentatively block your schedule now to ensure your availability, if selected.

The Administrative Team Responsible for Conducting the Program

Mary-Margaret Klempa
Director
Office of Sponsored Programs

Jeffrey Silber
Senior Director
Sponsored Financial Services