Must take four.
Must take one session within each category. Session titles may vary from meeting to meeting.
1. Fundamentals of Sponsored Research Projects
This topic area covers the basics of grants management and the role of the research administrator: identifying funding sources; interpreting application guidelines; preparing applications; understanding types of sponsored agreements; financial and regulatory monitoring of expenditures; overview of clinical trials.
Examples of workshops and sessions that would meet the Fundamentals requirement include any introductory or basics sessions on grants management and best practices in research administration.
2. Legal Issues in Research Administration
This topic area covers the protection of research data and property at the institutional level, data sharing and transfer and legal issues related to working with outside entities including for-profit companies, foreign institutions and other academic entities.
Examples of sessions that would meet this requirement include any introductory session on ownership of data, intellectual property issues, Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), export control, confidentiality, indemnification and contract negotiations.
3. Regulatory Compliance
This topic area covers the regulatory requirements for the institution and the researcher to conduct research including: conflict of interest; human subjects and animal subjects; Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements; and environmental health and safety.
Examples of sessions that would meet this requirement include introductory sessions on the role of the IRB and the IACUC in human and animal subjects, the regulatory agencies that oversee the conduct of this research, introductory sessions on conflict of interest, conflict of interest disclosures and training, identifying research misconduct, biosafety, radiation safety and other environmental health and safety topics.
4. Financial Management and Compliance
Sessions in this topic area include how to adhere to federal and sponsor requirements for budgeting and spending on sponsored projects.
Examples of session content on this topic include:
- the basics of sponsored project budgeting;
- OMB circulars and Uniform Guidance;
- understanding indirect costs;
- effort reporting;
- cost transfers;
- expenditure monitoring; and
- financial reporting to sponsors.