An Auditor’s Guide to Research Administration


The audit process for sponsored research programs can present many challenges. In this workshop you will learn the intricacies of a sponsored programs audit, an in depth exploration of compliance requirements, sharing of best practices, and reviewing internal controls that will highly reduce risks on sponsored programs. The Auditors 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? Participants will want at least 2-5 years of audit or equivalent experience to achieve learning objectives. The workshop would be appropriate for auditors who are tasked with the review of not-for-profit University and/or College sponsored research programs. Participants should have experience with basic audit and compliance functions within a research university environment as well as audit and compliance principles.


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

  • Compile the key aspects financial research administration and Subpart E of the Uniform Guidance and express their understanding into the planning procedures for their audit.
  • Translate the nuance of sponsored project management and compliance requirements into their 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 realistic audit situations as well as translating these findings into clearly written findings in the report.

Program Information

Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
Delivery Method: Live, Interactive, and Virtual
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
2021 Dates Coming Soon!

The next Auditor's Workshop will be held virtually, dates to be announced soon. 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.


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