Research Administration Certification Program
Cornell University’s Research Administration Certification Program (RACP), developed in collaboration with a cross-campus advisory committee, and coordinated through a partnership between 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 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, offered three times a year, is spread out over five weeks, with class one day per week (9:00 am – 4:00 pm). Participants attend lectures and use problem-based learning exercises to engage in real-world issues. In addition to the core courses, 15 hours of electives are required within one year and continuing education is also required. Those who attend all five days of RACP, achieve passing grades on exams and complete the required electives, receive certification.
Principles and Practice of Research Administration at Cornell University
- Module 1: Developing and submitting effective grant proposals.
- Module 2: Ensuring compliance with Cornell, sponsor and federal legal principles and obligations.
- Module 3: Crafting fully compliant budgets.
- Module 4: Understanding and implementing award terms and conditions.
- Module 5: Fiscal and event management of awards.
Electives (15 hours required)
- 3 hours of any training provided by the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.
- 3 hours of any training provided by the Division of Financial Affairs.
9 hours of any relevant training from sources including:
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Office of Human Resources
- Professional organizations such as NCURA and SRA
Continuing Education (4 hours required)
Continuing education courses are required each year subsequent to initial certification. Sources include all electives.
Dates and Registration Information
The core training program will be offered Fall 2011, dates will be announced shortly. There is no registration fee for the program. If you are interested in attending during Fall, please send an email message to Laura Talcott (email@example.com).
The Administrative Team responsible for conducting the program:
Michael Lenetsky, J.D.
Director of Business Operations Animal Health Diagnostic Center Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Sr. Grant and Contract Officer
Office of Sponsored Programs
Sponsored Financial Services