Sponsored Projects Academy

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

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 to Research & Innovation
  • Sponsored Projects organizational chart
  • Pre-award overview
  • Grants & contracts overview
  • Post-award overview
  • InfoEd transmittal form overview
  • Distinguishing a gift from a grant

Week 2

  • Other proposal documents: budget justifications, current & pending support, biosketches
  • Workday grants & functions: Best practices
  • College grant coordinator overview, building a proposal budget

Week 3

  • Data management
  • Grants management from a department perspective: Best practices
  • Cost transfers
  • Cost sharing
  • Project changes, transfers/dispositions plans
  • Subawards

Week 4

  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Animal research & the IACUC
  • Human subject research & the IRB
  • Conflict of interest
  • Export control & international research
  • P-card, travel, POs & accounting services

Week 5

  • Enterprise & Innovation, ancillary research agreements
  • The Uniform Guidance: Allowable, allocable, appropriate
  • A discussion on F&A
  • Preparing for award closure
  • Best practices in audit preparation
  • Effort reporting

Week 6

  • Group exam review & discussion
  • Final exam
  • Graduation ceremony

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