Pre-Award: The First Step in the Journey of Research Administration. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” (Lao Tzu). This intensive training program is designed to help you, as a research administrator, navigate this journey with confidence. As Pre-Award is the foundation for the grant lifecycle, pre-award research administrators play a critical role in setting a grant off to a good start. You’ve probably heard this adage a time or two, but the sentence before offers more context for why we are taking this journey, “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small” (Lao Tzu). What you’ve set out to accomplish as a research administrator is a great thing. You provide the framework for programs that improve our communities, identify new sources of energy, treat and cure disease, and patronize music and art. As a community, we can accomplish these difficult and important things with care throughout the journey of research administration. These first steps are essential in successful pre-award management, so in this intensive training program, we will lay out the trail of these first steps leading from the basics to more complex understandings in the areas of organizational structures, funding sources, proposal/budget development, submission, and award acceptance actions. We encourage and expect active participation from the attendees via case studies, discussions, and class projects.
At the end of the course, participants will receive a total of 12.5 CEU credits. Participants will have access to 5 additional hours of webinars related to the intensive training.