Research Administration Certificate (RAC) Program

The Office of Sponsored Programs offers education and training related to a variety of topics which assist research administrators, clinical coordinators, financial managers and others interested in the administration of research proposals, grants, and contracts. The Research Administration Certificate was designed to provide an overview of grants administration and the opportunity to gain more in depth training through three focused track concentrations: Contracts Management, Financial Management, or Grants Management.

Details

Once you begin the Research Administration Certificate, you must complete it within 2 years and pass a final exam on your overall knowledge of the material covered in the program. In order to keep your certificate active, it is recommended that a minimum of 2 courses relevant to the field of research administration are taken each year from the list below or from local or national research administration sources. If you are interested in working towards this certificate, please contact ctsieducation@wakehealth.edu

Course Requirements

The Research Administration Certificate requires a total of 8 courses. The required courses are listed below.

  • Introduction to Research Administration/Budget Basics
  • NIH Grants Start to Finish/Anatomy and Physiology of an Award
  • Contracts: Start to Finish/Incoming and Outgoing Subcontracts
  • Forms, Forms, Forms

In addition to the required classes, 4 elective classes must be taken from the list below.

RAC Course Descriptions

Focused Tracks

The purpose of offering three tracks is to provide an avenue for the research administrator to obtain training that is specifically related to their individual roles. In addition to the required courses, the participant seeking to obtain the Research Administration Certificate should choose 4 elective classes from one of the focused tracks below. Please note that some of the elective classes overlap into all three tracks due to the nature of the material being presented and its relevance to the tracks. Everyone is encouraged to attend courses related to any of the topics offered.

Contracts Management Track

The courses in this track focus primarily on understanding the obligations and nuances related to various types of research related contracts with an emphasis on external funding and/or support from for-profit companies (industry). Upon completion of the courses included in this track, attendees should have a strong understanding of when a contract is needed and why; the process for getting different types of contracts in place; components of different types of contracts and their importance/relevance to the study team and Principal Investigator; the post-award management responsibilities and why they are important.

  • Budgeting Beyond the Basics
  • Effort Reporting
  • Federal Contracts
  • Grants and Contracts Closeouts
  • Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
  • Rebudgeting and Cost Transfers

Financial Management Track

The courses in this track have a strong emphasis on understanding the obligations and responsibilities related to the post-award management of the various types of awards received with an emphasis on external funding and/or support from federal agencies and other not for-profit entities. Upon completion of the courses included in this track, attendees should have a strong understanding of effort reporting requirements; components of different types of grant and contract awards and their importance/relevance to the study team and Principal Investigator as they relate to the OMB circulars; cost-transfers; and the requirements related to award close-outs.

  • Budgeting Beyond the Basics
  • Cost Sharing
  • Effort Reporting
  • Federal Contracts
  • Grants and Contracts Closeouts
  • Rebudgeting and Cost Transfers
  • Uniform Guidance

Grants Management Track

The courses in this track focus primarily on understanding the obligations and nuances related to various types of grants with an emphasis on external funding and/or support from the federal agencies and other not for-profit entities. Upon completion of the courses included in this track, attendees should have a strong understanding of the proposal submission process; components of different types of grant awards and their importance/relevance to the study team and Principal Investigator; financial and post-award management responsibilities and why they are important.

  • Budgeting Beyond the Basics
  • Cost Sharing
  • Effort Reporting
  • Federal Contracts
  • Grants and Contracts Closeouts
  • Navigating the JIT & RPPR Process
  • Re-budgeting and Cost Transfers
  • Uniform Guidance

Certificate Tracking Sheet

Please use this certificate tracking sheet to record your progress. Upon completion of the 4 required courses and 4 elective courses, please email the certificate tracking sheet to ctsieducation@wakehealth.edu. Once your attendance has been verified, you will receive information on completing a final exam. Your certificate will be issued upon passing the exam.