Sponsored Projects Academy

Geared towards individuals who assist their unit or cost center with research administration, the six-week Sponsored Projects Academy is designed to train, educate, and develop research administrators at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Attendees will gain and overall understanding of the entire sponsored project process including proposal development to project closeout, policies and procedures governing University sponsored projects, and the research administration support services available within the Research & Innovation division.

The course is typically offered in the spring and fall semesters and fills up quickly. If you are interested in registering for the Sponsored Projects Academy, please contact Erika Waday.

Course curriculum

Week 1: Introduction & pre-award activities

  • Research & Innovation division introduction
  • Pre-award overview
  • Grants & contracts overview
  • Post-award overview
  • Distinguishing a gift from a grant

Week 2: Pre-award & post award activities

  • Other proposal documents: budget justifications, current & pending support, biosketches
  • College grant coordinator overview: building a proposal budget & the SP-22 form
  • Grants administration from a department perspective: best practices

Week 3: Post-award activities continued

  • Workday grants & functions: best practices
  • Cost transfers & the SP-6 form
  • Cost sharing, the SP-11 form & the SP-7 form
  • Effort reporting
  • Project changes, transfers/dispositions plans & the SP-5 form

Week 4: Post-award wrap-up & partner offices

  • Subawards 101 & the SP-Sub-1 form
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Animal research & the IACUC
  • Human subject research & the IRB
  • Enterprise & Innovation: Ancillary research agreements

Week 5: Compliance & special topics

  • University Libraries: data management
  • Conflict of interest
  • Topics in export control & international research
  • PCard, travel, purchase orders & accounting services
  • The Uniform Guidance: allowable, allocable, appropriate

Week 6

  • Project closeouts
  • Best practices in audit preparation
  • Group exam review & discussion
  • Final exam (take home)
  • Graduation ceremony

Find more information in the Nevada Today article on the inaugural Sponsored Projects Academy.