Research Administration Course Offerings

Research Administration Course Brochure

Research Administration Course Offerings

Core Courses

Administrative Management of Clinical Research - Understand the essential elements of full range of human studies across translational research continuum; develop appreciation for 'best practice (GCP) standards for investigators and professional research staff; review the shared responsibilities across the institution for safe, efficient and ethical clinical research conduct.

Pre Award I- This course provides the tools needed to assist researchers to find and apply for grants to fund their efforts. Participants will receive a thorough overview of proposal development and submission guidelines for both federal and non-federal opportunities

Pre Award II - After completing the Pre-Award I course, participants will learn the proposal review and negotiation process. This course will address the Just-In-Time (JIT) process, award terms and conditions, and award acceptance and setup. Pre requisite : Pre award I is recommended .

Post Award I - This course provides an overview of general post award management issues including roles and responsibilities, governing regulations and guidelines for spending and monitoring funds. Presentation and case studies are led by representatives from both central and Decentral departmental perspectives emphasizing proper stewardship of funds while progressing the research agenda.

Post Award II - The Post Award II course expands on the concepts discussed in the Post Award I course and focuses on topics such as award modifications, account closeout, audit implications, and record retention. Regulations relating to these discussion areas are highlighted along with rules and standards that must be followed to ensure effective compliance of federally sponsored grants and contracts at higher education research institutions. Pre requisite : Post Award I is recommended.


Budgeting for Clinical Research : This course provides a comprehensive review of feasibility & assessment of clinical study budgets. Using budget templates, attendees will acquire skills to assist faculty with realistic budget creation, review and ongoing monitoring & reconciliation of all study activity. Pre requisite : Clinical Research for Administrators is recommended.

Contributions and Gifts: This course will provide an understanding of the institutional fundraising process, the procedures for investigators seeking private funding resources and how they differ from government sources as well as the ongoing stewardship and services provided by the Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations of the UMASS Medical School/UMASS Memorial Health Care Development Office.

Cost Sharing/Cost Transfers: Develop an understanding of the different types of cost sharing and cost transfers by discussing their impact on day to day situations. Prerequisite: Post Award I is recommended.

Effort Management: As a recipient of sponsored awards, UMMS must assure sponsors that the effort expended on a project corresponds with the salary committed and charged to that project. In this class we will review policies and procedures surrounding effort on proposals, charging and the annual certification of effort on sponsored projects.

Federal ContractsThis class explores the unique characteristics of federal contracts and how they differ from grants and cooperative agreements from both a proposal and post-award administration perspective.

Regulatory Compliance:

Intellectual PropertyLearn about Office of Technology Management responsibility in protecting and advancing the intellectual property for UMMS.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) "A Closer Look": This course covers the NIH organizational structure, and different types of grant mechanisms including multiple PI grants; demystifies the acronyms and awards numbers, and explains the scientific review and award process.

Subawards & Research Agreements: This course provides an outline of the requirements and expectations of sub-awards from preparation to award initiation through departmental, financial and regulatory management. An overview of various research agreements is also discussed.

Training Grants: This course explores the unique requirements of training grants from proposal through administration and closeout. Participants will learn X-Train, the NIH application for management of post-award activities.