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Research Administration Certification Program

RACP BrochureCornell 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 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 electives are required within one year. Continuing education is also encouraged.

Core Course

Principles and Practice of Research Administration at Cornell University


  • Module 1: Introduction to Research Administration at Cornell: Developing and Submitting Proposals
  • Module 2: Financial Policies, Stewardship, and Crafting Fully Compliant Budgets
  • Module 3: Crafting Compliant Budgets and Understanding the Award Process
  • Module 4: Special Practices in Research and Research Compliance at Cornell University
  • Module 5: Audits, Sponsored Financial Services, Subaward Processes, Administrative Management of Awarded Projects, Electronic Media for Research Adminsitration, and Research Administration Dashboards

Electives (15 hours recommended)1

  • Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) training
  • Office of Research Integrity & Assurance (ORIA) training
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Professional organizations (NCURA & SRA)

Continuing Education (4 hours recommended)

  • Research Roundtables (OSP)
  • 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.

1Program certification is awarded after taking the core training course and the 15 hours of elective training.

Dates and Registration Information


Module 1: Wednesday June 1, 2016
Module 2: Monday June 6, 2016
Module 3: Friday June 17, 2016
Module 4: Monday June 20, 2016
Module 5: Friday, June 24, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: East Hill Office Building (EHOB), Training Room 140, 395 Pine Tree Road
Deadline for application: Friday May 13, 2016, 5:00pm

Attendance is required at all sessions. There is no registration fee for the program. If you are interested in attending please send an email to OSP Communications with your name, department, and position title.

The Administrative Team responsible for conducting the program:

Mary-Margaret Klempa
Office of Sponsored Programs

Jeffrey Silber
Senior Director
Sponsored Financial Services

Office of Sponsored Programs Sponsored Financial Services

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