RAC Program

The Research Administration Certificate Program for Administrators (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 throughout the academic year (Sept. – May). Each session lasts approximately two hours (depending on content). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of all 8 RAC sessions and required quizzes.

RAC sessions for FY21 will be held online via Teams. Login information will be sent to registered participants.

RAC sessions available to take online

OSP uses Easy-LMS, e-Learning Software, to host RAC quizzes. Quizzes will be available shortly after the live session.

If you are new to AU and would like more information regarding the content of these sessions, please email osp@american.edu.

Sessions will be held online from 10 am-12 pm. Registration is now open.

RAC Session 1: Overview of Research Administration
Wednesday, September 16

RAC Session 2: Proposal Related Issues
Wednesday, October 21

RAC Session 3: Grants Management Pre-Award Issues
Wednesday, November 18

RAC Session 4: Grants Management Post Award Issues
Wednesday, December 9

RAC Session 5: Financial Management I (Post-Award Policies)
Wednesday, January 20

RAC Session 6: Financial Management II (Post-Award Procedures)
Wednesday, February 17

RAC Session 7: Systems Overview
Wednesday, March 17

RAC Session 8: Research Compliance Overview
Wednesday, April 7

Register for FY21 Sessions

Registration for RAC sessions 1-4 is now available! Sessions will be held online.