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 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 three times 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 recommended within one year and continuing education is also encouraged.
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: Fiscal, Technical, and Administrative Management of Awarded Projects
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: Monday, June 8, 2015
Module 2: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Module 3: Friday, June 12, 2015
Module 4: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Module 5: Friday June 19, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: East Hill Plaza, Division of Financial Affairs Training Room, 373 Pine Tree Road
Deadline for application: Friday, May 22, 2015, 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 Laura Talcott with your name, department, and position title.
The Administrative Team responsible for conducting the program:
Office of Sponsored Programs
Sponsored Financial Services