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 Schedule for FY20

RAC sessions available to take online

OSP uses Easy-LMS, e-Learning Software, to host RAC quizzes. Please click on a link below to access a specific quiz. The Powerpoint presentation for that specific RAC session is attached to the quiz.

If you are new to AU and would like more information regarding the content of these sessions, please email osp@american.edu.
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RAC Session 1: Overview of Research Administration
Tuesday, September 10 @ 10 am-12 pm in SVB 320
RAC 1 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 2: Proposal Related Issues
Tuesday, October 8 @ 10 am-12 pm in SVB 320
RAC 2 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 3: Grants Management Pre-Award Issues
Tuesday, November 19 @ 10 am-12 pm in SVB 320
RAC 3 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 4: Grants Management Post Award Issues
Tuesday, December 3 @ 10 am-12 pm in SVB 320
RAC 4 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 5: Financial Management I (Post-Award Policies)
Thursday, January 23 @ 10 am-12 pm in Mary Graydon 200
RAC 5 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 6: Financial Management II (Post-Award Procedures)
Wednesday, February 19 @ 10 am-12 pm in Mary Graydon 200
RAC 6 Quiz is available.

RAC Session 7: Systems Overview
RAC 7 Quiz

RAC Session 8: Research Compliance Overview
RAC 8 Presentation
RAC 8 Quiz

RAC Sessions for FY20

All sessions need to be completed by May 29, 2020 to receive full credit for the RAC Certification.