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Level II

Level II: Sponsored Projects Administration

2019 Level II Workshop Dates:
March 25-27, 2019 - Portland, OR
September 4-6, 2019 ~ Location, TBD
December 4-6, 2019 ~ Location TBD

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 broad overview, 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

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.

Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation/Pre-Work: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
Delivery Method: Group-Live

Attendees are encouraged to have a minimum of three years of sponsored projects administration experience in order to understand and contribute to the discussion.

Central and departmental research administrators who have a minimum of three years of sponsored projects administration experience.  Level II is also beneficial for those who have been in the field for five plus years and desire a broader view of sponsored projects administration field to aid their professional growth and development.  While prior participation in Fundamentals is recommended, it is not a pre-requisite.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Associate Dean for Research Administration, Harvard University *NCURA Distinguished Educator

Mary Louise Healy

Assistant Dean for Research Administration, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Vivian Holmes

Director, Sponsored Research, Boston University

 

Denise Moody

Senior Director of Research Compliance, Harvard University

David Ngo

Associate Provost, Sponsored Programs Administration, New School

Dennis Paffrath

Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, University of Maryland Baltimore

 

Jennifer Ponting

Director, Pre-Award Services, Harvard University

Robyn Remotigue

Director, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Jill Tincher

Executive Director, Office of Research Administration, University of Miami

Day 1: 
8:00am - 9:00am - Registration
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 

Day 2:
8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 

Day 3: 
8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - Adjournment 
 
*Final workshop agenda will be e-mailed to all participants one week prior to the workshop start date.

The next Level II Workshop will be held in Portland, OR, March 25-27, 2019.

REGISTER HERE

Host Hotel: Hilton Portland Downtown
Group Rate - $169/night Book your room online.
Reservations can also be made toll free by dialing 1-800-HILTONS - please identify yourself as being with NCURA. Cut-Off Date: March 4, 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Level II Participant Testimonials

All parts of the workshop will be most helpful to me on the job. I am ready to further streamline our research operations at our institution. I learned so much that I immediately plan to apply to my job. The speakers were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I also enjoyed the case studies and networking opportunities. This was the best workshop I have attended and I look forward to attending others in the future. Thank you again!

Angelyn Griffing, Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

The content and delivery of the workshop was exceptional. All three speakers were highly knowledgeable, personable, and engaging. 

Scott Simmons, Stevens Institute of Technology

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