Level I


This workshop is being offered both in-person and as a virtual workshop. Some details, such as the daily schedule, will differ depending on whether you attend in-person or virtually. Please review the information for your specific offering.

Level I: Fundamentals of Sponsored Projects Administration


Individuals involved in sponsored projects administration are faced with a multitude of challenges: becoming knowledgeable about federal regulations and individual agency requirements, providing assistance to faculty investigators, gathering information required for successful proposal submission and award administration, and many other tasks. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants new to the profession (or those who seek a fundamental refresher) with a broad overview of the various aspects involved in sponsored projects administration, including preparation and review of proposals; negotiation and acceptance of awards; financial and administrative project management, closeout, and audit, as well as relevant compliance issues.


Who Should Attend? This program is intended primarily for the newcomer (less than 2 years experience) involved in sponsored projects administration at higher education institutions and affiliates, or for the individual who has primarily worked in only one area of sponsored projects administration and is seeking a broader view of the profession. This curriculum is targeted specifically to personnel who work in departmental administration, central sponsored programs offices, grants and contracts, and other areas of sponsored projects administration.


  • Explain the lifecycle of a proposal, from the time it begins as an idea with the faculty investigator to the point of award closeout
  • Describe the differences between gifts, grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Describe the underlying legal framework surrounding sponsored projects.
  • Identify the federal regulations that govern federally sponsored projects and discuss the key principles of each, including how they apply to the preparation and submission of proposals and the administration of awards.
  • Distinguish between allowable and unallowable costs and between direct and F&A costs.
  • Identify several types of third-party and non-sponsored agreements associated with sponsored projects administration.
  • Describe the various components of a proposal budget and how to apply an institution's F&A rate.
  • Summarize how an institution's F&A rate is calculated and impact of resources on the F&A rate.
  • Assist investigators in finding sources of funding.
  • Describe the importance of proper closeout of a sponsored project and the steps necessary to prepare for an audit.
  • Discuss the importance of the primary compliance issues facing institutions, including protection of human and animal research subjects, research misconduct, subrecipient monitoring, effort reporting, and export control regulations
  • Offer an opportunity for networking and sharing best practices among colleagues.

Program Information

Program Level: Basic
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
Prerequisites: None
Delivery Method: Participants can choose to register for one of two formats:

  • Group Live (indicated by IN-PERSON )
  • Group Internet Based (indicated by VIRTUAL )

CEUs/CPEs: See here


Upcoming Level I: Fundamentals of Sponsored Projects Administration Workshops

New Bulk Registrations Rates Now Available for Virtual and In-Person Workshops!

In-Person Workshop

Presented Live at

September 30 - October 2, 2024
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Day 1 & 2 8:00am- 4:30pm
Day 3: 8am-12pm

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Hotel Booking Information:
September 30 - October 2, 2024

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

Group Rate: $189.00 per night
Booking Link!
Sleeping rooms available until the cutoff date of September 8th, 2024 OR until the rooms in the block are sold out, whichever comes first.

Virtual Workshop

Presented Live via Zoom
Part I: Pre-Award - May 21 & 22, 2024
Part II: Post-Award - June 4 & 5, 2024
12:30-4:30pm ET


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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2024 Fundamentals Workshop Faculty


Danielle Brown

Acting Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs Administration
University of Maryland-Baltimore

Tricia Callahan

Interim Director of Research Training, Office of Research Adminstration
Emory University

Csilla Csaplár

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
University of California-Santa Cruz


Sandra Fowler

Assistant Dean for Research, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Research Division
The University of Wisconsin Madison

Abby Guillory

Assistant Vice President for Research Enhancement
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Cynthia Kane

Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Lehigh University


Rosemary Madnick

Vice President, Research Administration, Office of Research Administration
Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Saiqa Anne Qureshi

Adjunct Faulty Masters of Research Administration
Johns Hopkins University

David Scarbeary-Simmons

Senior Director, Sponsored Research Administration
Kaiser Foundation Research


Timothy Schailey

Assistant Vice President, Research Support Services, Office of Research Administration
Thomas Jefferson University

Shannon Sutton

Director, Sponsored Projects
Western Illinois University

Natasha Williams

Pre-Award Administrator III
Emory University

  • This was a wonderful, eye-opening workshop. I value and appreciate the time and effort to help those of us who are new to grants management feel better prepared.

    LaDai HarrisFairmont State University

  • This was my first NCURA conference and I really enjoyed it and took a lot away from it. The presenters were all great. It was a very inviting forum and nice to make contacts.

    Rhiannon WoodBoise State University

  • All three presenters were professional and friendly in their demeanor - very approachable. This was helpful for someone with very little experience and made me feel more comfortable asking questions.

    Nancy TackettHarding University Main Campus