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Research Administration Certification (RAC) Program

Upcoming Grant Administration Roundtable 

Evsions Research Suite (Cayuse 424 and SP) Resources and Training

Research Administration Certification Program

The Office of Sponsored Programs, in collaboration with Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA), is pleased to announce the next year 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 throughout academic year (Sept. – May). 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 2016-17: 

Session 1: Overview of Research Administration (Pre-Award)

Date: 9.21.2016

Time/Location: 10:00- 12:00pm/Spring Valley Building RM 318 

Session 2: Proposal Related Issues (Pre-Award)

Date: 10.19.2016

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Spring Valley Building RM 318

Session 3: Grants Management Pre-Award Issues

Date: 11.17.2016

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Spring Valley Building 

Session 4: Grants Management Post-Award Issues

Date: 12.07.2016

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Spring Valley Building RM 318 

Session 5: Financial Management I (Post-Award Policies)

Date: 2.22.2017

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/MGC 200

Session 6: Financial Management II (Post-Award Procedures)

Date: 3.22.2017

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/Butler Conference Room

 Session 7: Systems Overview

Date: 4.19.2017

Time/Location:10:00- 12:00pm/SVB 320

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

Date Time Location
09.23.16 10-11:30am McDowell Formal Lounge
10.07.16 10-11:30am SVB, RM 401
12.09.16 10-11:30am McDowell Formal Lounge
02.17.17 10-11:30am  Butler Conference Room
04.21.17 10-11:30am
Butler Conference Room
06.23.17 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 and Cayuse SP Resources and Training

American University is proud to offer the Evisions Research Suite of products as its grants management solution. 

Cayuse 424 is a fast, easy-to-use web application created specifically to simplify the creation, review, and electronic submission of grant proposals.

Cayuse SP is a cloud-based solution that is designed to allow the management of proposals and awards across their entire life-cycle. SP's Web interface provides users with direct access to the fields necessary to create a centralized collection of information about sponsors, subcontractors, compliance, export control, and other institutionally required proposal and award data. This eases proposal development and access to award information while fostering greater collaboration between PIs, units and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Access the Evisions Research Suite Here.

If you have questions about Cayuse please contact Joe Gesa at or ext. 3977

Access to Research Suite user guides and support can be found here (registration with AU credentials is required):


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