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Research Administration



Research administration is a complex and ever-changing field, but it is essential to the success of any research institution. Research administrators play a vital role in supporting researchers and ensuring that research is conducted in a compliant and ethical manner.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify funding opportunities and develop competitive proposals

  • Manage sponsored awards throughout their lifecycle

  • Manage research finances in a compliant and efficient manner

  • Ensure that research is conducted in compliance with all applicable regulations

  • Understand and apply research ethics principles

Targeted Audience:

  • This course is designed for research administrators, clinical research coordinators, and other research support staff who are new to the field or who are looking to update their skills.

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

  • Overview of intellectual property (IP) and its importance in research 

  • Types of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks)

  • Intellectual Property (IP) ownership and rights in research projects

  • Technology transfer and its role in commercializing research

  • Patenting process and requirements

  • Licensing agreements and technology commercialization

  • IP protection and strategies

  • Case studies of successful technology transfer and commercialization

Unit 2: Managing Funder Requirements

  • Understanding various funding agencies and their missions

  • Overview of grant and contract compliance

  • Proposal development and submission processes

  • Budget development and justification

  • Funder-specific requirements (e.g., NIH, NSF, DOE)

  • Cost principles and allowable expenses

  • Reporting and progress updates to funding agencies

  • Compliance with grant terms and conditions

Unit  3: Subawards and Subcontract Management

  • Introduction to sub-awards and subcontracts

  • Subaward vs. vendor agreement distinctions

  •  Subrecipient selection and monitoring

  •  Flow-down of prime award terms and conditions

  • Financial management of sub-awards

  • Reporting and documentation for sub-awards

  • Subrecipient audits and compliance

Unit 4: Identifying and Managing Risks in Research Administration

  • Types of risks in research administration

  • Risk assessment and mitigation strategies

  • Legal and regulatory risks

  • Financial and budgetary risks

  • Ethical and compliance risks

  • Crisis management and contingency planning

  • Insurance and liability considerations

Unit 5: Collaborative Research and Inter-Institutional Agreements:

  • Types of collaborative research arrangements (e.g., consortia, partnerships)

  • Negotiating collaborative research agreements

  • Roles and responsibilities of collaborating institutions

  • Intellectual property and data sharing in collaborative research 

  • Conflict resolution and dispute management

  • Compliance and reporting in collaborative projects

  • Case studies of successful collaborative research initiatives

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