For more experienced research administrators, NCURA created "Level II: Sponsored Project Administration Workshop-Critical Issues in Research Administration" (commonly referred to as "SPA II"). This two and a half day professional development program offers participants an opportunity for in-depth instruction in four core aspects of research administration: institutional compliance responsibilities, proposal creation and submission, contract and subaward review, and post award financial administration. Each of these topics will be explored through a combination of case study analysis and discussion.
SPA II differs from the Fundamentals of Sponsored Project Administration workshop in a number of important ways. Though Fundamentals is not a prerequisite to enrolling in SPA II, attendees are encouraged to have a minimum of three years of sponsored projects administration experience in order to understand and contribute to the discussion. Where Fundamentals provides a broad, sweeping overview of sponsored projects from "cradle to grave," SPA II takes a focused, in-depth view of a limited number of topics and issues. This approach enables the use of discussion and case studies to provide for greater audience participation. The Open Forum is another unique feature of SPA II where participants can pose questions and engage in lively discussion about virtually any aspect of research administration.
What can a research administrator expect to glean from the SPA II experience? At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:
- Identify current areas of risk in the research and sponsored projects environment;
- Describe effective internal control models to minimize institutional risks;
- Effectively review project budgets to comply with cost principles and standards;
- Explain the basis for policies and procedures on effort reporting, cost transfers, cost sharing, and post award financial matters;
- Identify problematic clauses in agreements and suggest alternative language;
- Understand the prime award recipient’s responsibilities related to subrecipients;
- Discuss the basics of federal export control regulations and sanction programs that can impact your institution;
- Practice techniques for identifying risk areas to assist with problem-solving; and
- Expand your network of research administration colleagues, who can help you resolve problems or guide your professional development.
Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to have a minimum of three years of sponsored projects administration experience in order to understand and contribute to the discussion.
Advanced Preparation: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Apps
Delivery Method: Group-Live
Sponsored Project Administration II Faculty
Patrick Fitzgerald - Associate Dean for Research Administration, Harvard University
Denise Moody- Senior Director of Research Compliance, Harvard University
Pamela Napier - Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Agnes Scott College
David Ngo - Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs Administration, UT Southwestern
Dennis Paffrath - Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, University of Maryland - Baltimore
Robyn Remotigue - Assistant Director, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Jill Frazier Tincher - Executive Director, Office of Research Administration, University of Miami
Marianne Woods - Academic Program Director, Master of Science Program in Research Administration, Johns Hopkins University