An Auditor’s Guide to Research Administration


The audit process for sponsored research programs can present many challenges. As the person coming in to conduct the audit, you may not be familiar with what makes a sponsored program audit different. As the internal audit contact, you may be working with an auditor who is not familiar with what makes a sponsored program audit different. This workshop will prepare the external auditor and the internal contact for an audit of sponsored award activity. In addition it will support the Internal Auditor in developing their own audit plans.

In this workshop you will learn the intricacies of a sponsored program audit, in-depth exploration of compliance requirements, sharing of best practices, and reviewing internal controls that will highly reduce risks on sponsored programs. The workshop will also provide insight on targeted audit trends, allow strategic assessment of internal controls, risk tolerance and the advantageous partnership with internal auditing teams in preparation for external auditors.


Who Should Attend?
- Auditors who are tasked with the review of a not-for-profit University and/or College sponsored research programs
-Internal Auditors who can learn from these audits to develop their own audit plans.
- Individuals in sponsored program offices who may be a contact for an external audit
Participants should have at least 2 years of audit or equivalent experience to achieve learning objectives. Participants should have experience with basic audit and compliance functions with a research university environment as well as audit and compliance principles.


At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Plan for an audit using the key aspects of financial research administration and Subpart E of the Uniform Guidance.
  • Translate the nuance of sponsored project management and compliance requirements into testing procedures.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of an auditor, types of audits, and internal vs. external audits.
  • Perform effective audit meetings, scheduling, interviews, and data analysis.
  • Determine potential audit findings based on real-life audit situations.
  • For Auditors: Translate audit findings into a clearly written report.

Program Information

Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation: None
Field of Study: Auditing - Technical
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
CEUs/CPEs: See here

1:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern each day VIRTUAL
*There will be breaks throughout the presentation*


Upcoming Auditing Workshops

Live, Virtual
September 28 - October 1, 2021

The next Auditor's Workshop will be held virtually, September 28 - October 1, 2021. As this is an interactive workshop, registrants will need a computer (laptop/tablet) with dial-in information available if sound becomes an issue. Webcams are encouraged, but not required, as part of the interaction.

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Deadline to Register is Friday, September 24, 2021 OR until Workshop capacity is reached, whichever comes first.


2021 Auditor's Workshop Faculty


Albana Cejne

Assistant Director, Sponsored Research Audit, Office of Audit & Compliance
Princeton University

Kyle Everard

Audit Coordinator, Research and Sponsored Programs
University of Wisconsin - Madison


Lamar Oglesby

Director, Grant & Contract Accounting
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jeffrey Silber

Senior Director, Sponsored Financial Services
Cornell University

  • As a departmental administrator for cradle to grave sponsored activity, and a department so heavy with sponsored funding is chosen for internal audit and agency single audits regularly -- this is great information to prevent findings and disallowances on the front end.

    Norma Jean BerryJohns Hopkins University