Basics of Research Administration

February 25 - February 27, 2019
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Austin, TX


Research administration is comprised of many facets. The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with a broad overview of the various aspects involved in research administration. The 2.5 day intensive course will discuss all areas of research administration:

  • Finding funding
  • Pre-award
  • Award acceptance
  • Compliance
  • Post-award

Who should attend

This program is intended primarily for the research administrators with less than 2 years experience who are involved in any area of research administration. The conference is targeted specifically to new personnel in positions such as pre-award coordinators, departmental administrators, post-award coordinators, compliance coordinators, grant accountants, and others with newly-acquired responsibilities who need to understand the broad spectrum of research administration.

Expected outcomes

After completing Basics of Research Administration, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences among various positions and their responsibilities in research administration
  • Understand the research administration process from beginning to end
  • Learn how to assist an investigator in finding funding sources
  • Distinguish between allowable and unallowable costs
  • Distinguish between direct and F&A (indirect) costs
  • Describe the various components of a proposal budget
  • Describe the difference type of award instruments
  • Identify and learn the purpose of the governing federal regulations
  • Identify the major compliance issues
  • Understand procurement, financial, records and property management
  • Describe the closeout process


“Overall the program was excellent and well thought out and taught. I learned a lot in just a few short days that helps me put the grant administration I do more in perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from the presenters and others about actual real-life stories and questions as they related to the topics at hand.” Erika Pierce, Grant Manager, Department of Psychiatry/Research, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Basics of Research Administration, Indianapolis, IN, July 2017)

“It was great to get an overview of the grants administration process and see how all the puzzle pieces fit together. Being in post-award, it was interesting to see what went on with the compliance, award acceptance, and pre-award side of things.” Guyane Valian, MBA, Grants and Contracts Coordinator, University of Southern California (Basics of Research Administration, San Diego, CA, January 2017)
“This conference was incredibly valuable and I am very pleased with the whole experience and information learned.  I really liked the handouts and especially the resource book that contained slides and other valuable information!  As a new research administrator, I really liked the flow of this class and how it logically followed the flow of the process.  I also liked that the instructors were careful not to assume that we already knew/understood anything.” Saralee Johnston, Research Project Coordinator, Office of Research, Intermountain Healthcare (Basics of Research Administration, Salt Lake City, UT, July 2016) 
"Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the program!  These topics have the potential to be terribly boring, but the presenters all did a wonderful job of taking the information and presenting in a manner that was engaging, informative, and entertaining!" Lisa P. Gremillion, Grants/Contract Specialist, Louisiana State University (Basics of Research Administration, Orlando, FL, February 2016)
"I thought that the setup of this program was wonderfully done.  I really enjoyed all the information.  It was a lot to take in, but I have resources that I didn't know I had before." Lenore Johnson, Office Manager, Florida Hospital Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism (Basics of Research Administration, Orlando, FL, February 2016)
"This was a great opportunity to get the broad overview of what research admin is in general. A lot of it I already knew since I've been in it for a year, but there were a lot of subtle things I picked up on that will be very helpful." Patricia McGee-Welch, Executive Secretary, University of Houston - Clear Lake (Basics of Research Administration, Orlando, FL, February 2016)