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Research Administration Certification Program

The Office of Sponsored Programs, in collaboration with Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA), is pleased to announce the next sessions of our 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 2014 - Spring 2015 semester: 

Session 1: Overview of Research Administration (Pre-Award)
Date: 9.16.2015
Time/Location: 10:00- 12:00pm/Bender Library Administrative Conference Room
Session 2: Proposal Related Issues (Pre-Award)
Date: 10.14.2015
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/4200 Wisconsin Ave NW, 3rd Floor
Conference Room
Session 3: Grants Management I (Pre-Award)
Date: 11.18.2015
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Lett*LL-Conference
Session 4: Grants Management II (Pre-Award)
Date: 12.09.2015
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/SIS*FOUND
Session 5: Financial Management I (Post-Award Policies)
Date: 2.24.2016
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Room 302 at 4200 Wisconsin Ave

Session 6: Financial Management II (Post-Award Procedures)
Date: 3.24.2016
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Online

 Session 7: Systems Overview
Date: 4.21.2016
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/ SIS 300
Session 8: Research Compliance Overview
Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Online
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 from a previous year. The online sessions also provide individuals who want a "refresher" on a particular RAC session the opportunity to do so. For more details please e-mail

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

To access the Instructor-Led Sessions:

1-Login into a ASuccessfulU

2-Access the learning module one week after the live session 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 available RAC sessions listed individually.

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 one week after the live session 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 available 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. 

For any questions you may have, please contact


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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
9.18.2015 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Conf
10.02.2015 10:30am - 12:00pm Butler Conf 
11.05.2015 10:30am - 12:00pm MCK 305
12.03.2015 10:30am - 12:00pm SIS 348
2.05.2016 10:30am - 12:00pm SIS 348
3.04.2016 10:30am - 12:00pm

SIS 348

4.01.2016 10:30am - 12:00pm SIS 348

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
SIS* 300
EQB* 15
WCL Rm C217 

To RSVP, please send an email to 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
06.23.16 10-11:30am Butler Boardroom
TBD 10-11:30am TBD
TBD 10-11:30am  TBD
TBD 10-11:30am  TBD

Roundtable topics are forthcoming:
Please RSVP to 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 or ext. 3977

User Guides can be found at:

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