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Research Administration Certification Program

The Office of Sponsored Programs, in collaboration with Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA), is pleased again to announce the launch of its Research Administration Certification program at American University. RAC is a comprehensive training and certification program designed to assist AU departmental and school/college level staff with research administration and/or grant/contract management responsibilities. The RAC program provides pertinent information to enable participants to effectively manage sponsored awards.  

The RAC program consists of eight (8) consecutive sessions that will be offered annually during the academic year (Sept. – April). Each session lasts approximately 2 hours (depending on content), and will include topics covering proposal preparation, research compliance, financial management and reporting, as well as applicable regulations, polices, and guidelines governing sponsored grant and contract awards.  

The following instructor-led sessions will be offered during the fall 2013 - Spring 2014 semester: 

Session 1: Overview of Research Administration (Pre-Award)
Date: September 12, 2013
Time/Location: 10:00 - 12:00pm/Butler Board Room
Session 2: Proposal Related Issues (Pre-Award)
Date: October 10, 2013
Time/Location: 10:00 - 12:00pm/Butler Board Room
Session 3: Grants Management I (Pre-Award)
Date: November 14, 2013
Time/Location: 10:00 - 12:00pm/McDowell Formal Lounge
Session 4: Grants Management II (Pre-Award)
Date: December 12, 2013
Time/Location: 10:00 - 12:00pm/Abramson Family Founders Room (SIS)
Session 5: Financial Management I (Post-Award Policies)
Date: February 27, 2014
Time/Location: 10:00-12:00pm/Butler Board Room

Session 6: Financial Management II (Post-Award Procedures)
Date: March 20, 2014
Time/Location: 10:00-12:00pm/Butler Board Room
Session 7: Systems Overview - *ONLINE FORMAT ONLY
Date: April 8, 2014
Session 8: Research Compliance Overview
Date: April 24, 2014
Time/Location: 10:00-12:00pmAbramson Family Founders Room (SIS)

In addition, online sessions will be offered as an alternative to the instructor-led sessions, and are ideal for those who need to make up RAC sessions that were missed during FY12-13. The online sessions also provide individuals who want a "refresh" on a particular RAC session. In addition, the online component is ideal for individuals who cannot attend the scheduled instructor-led sessions.

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of all 8 RAC sessions and required quizzes.

To Register for the Instructor-Led Sessions:

1-Login into a ASuccessfulU

2-Access the learning module by clicking on the 'Learning' tab from the 'Home' drop down menu

3-In the Search catalog bar, type "RAC" or part of the title of the course(s) you are interested in and hit enter/go

4-In the search results, you will find each RAC course listed individually and/or the entire RAC curriculum (for those who want to register for all 8 sessions consecutively)

4-Clicking 'View Course Dates' will show the upcoming class time - to register, click the 'Register' link at the right of the screen

5-Click 'Confirm' to confirm your registration

6-Your registration is now confirmed and these courses will now be on your learning plan

To Register for the Online Sessions:

1-Login into ASuccessfulU

2-Access the learning module by clicking on the 'Learning' tab from the 'Home' drop down menu

3-In the Search catalog bar, type "RAC" or part of the title of the course(s) you are interested in and hit enter/go

4-In the search results, you will find the online sessions listed in this format: 'Online RAC - Session 1' and so forth. You will see within the description the dates in which each online course will be available for viewing

5-To "pre-register" hover your mouse over the title of the course and

6-Click on 'Add to Learning Plan' or you can view those sessions that are available for taking immediately

7-You should now see these courses on your learning plan. You will be notified once each online course is available for viewing. (Sessions 1-6 are available for viewing)

For any questions you may have, please contact OSPEvents@american.edu.


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The Office of Sponsored Programs has scheduled a series of informational sessions for faculty and staff interested in independently searching for funding opportunities. The information sessions will provide training on how to use our current funding opportunity databases, and will assist faculty and staff in developing user profiles to receive direct funding opportunity announcements related to their research/program interests.

General Overview Sessions: Designed to cover the fundamentals of OSP's most commonly used funding search databases, and includes a brief overview of those databases, how to set up profiles for each database, how to perform independent funding opportunity searches and more.

Date Time Location
9/17/2013 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room
10/3/2013 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room
11/7/2013 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room
12/5/2013 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room
2/6/2014 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room
3/6/2014 10:30am - 12:00pm

Butler Board Room

4/9/2014 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Board Room *Cancelled due to low enrollment

Unit/School Oriented Sessions: Designed for each individual unit/school. These sessions will follow a workshop format and will take a deeper dive into each of our funding search databases by helping you find opportunities tailored to criteria related to your research needs. We strongly recommend that you bring a laptop, tablet or web-enabled device to search for funding.

Date Unit/School Time Location
MGC 200
4200 Wisconsin Ave, 3rd floor room
Butler Board Room
MGC 200
Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
Butler Board Room
Large Conference Room - Suite 16, Lower Level (4910 Mass Ave)

To RSVP, please send an email to OSPEvents@american.edu with the sessions you wish to attend at least two weeks prior from the date of the session. Please include your name and academic/business unit.

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Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming Grants Administrators Roundtable (GAR) session: 

Date Time Location
April 17, 2014 10:00 - 11:30am Butler Board Room

April roundtable topic:
  • Proposal Budget Template
  • NCURA Peer Review Final Report Update
  • Principal Investigator's Handbook - March 2014
    • GCA Staff Assignment Chart
    • University Travel Policy
  • Cayuse 424 Expanded Browser Compatability
  • May 14 webcast of OMB Uniform Guidance: Key Issues for Universities
  • Project Brief Update
Please RSVP to OSPEvents@american.edu with your name, job title, and academic unit.

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Cayuse 424 Resources and Training

OSP is proud to offer Cayuse 424. Cayuse 424 is a fast, easy-to-use web application created specifically to simplify the creation, review, approval, and electronic submission of grant proposals. By placing all of the necessary proposal forms in a central location, it allows PIs, OSP, and college level research administrators to collaborate in real time, fill in forms with reusable, centrally stored data, and route proposals electronically from anywhere in the world. It also beneficial to those who are new to submitting proposals to a funding agency.

Access Cayuse Here

If you have questions about Cayuse please contact Joe Gesa at gesa@american.edu or ext. 3977

User Guides can be found at: http://support.cayuse.com/docs/cayuse-424

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