GrantGRANT Certificate Required Courses

   
 
 

Introduction to Research Administration
Beginner Tier and Required Course

This 3 hour course provides the "big picture" of the sponsored project enterprise at USC. It includes an overview of the University offices and departments responsible for Research Administration and the relationship of each to the unit administrator. It also details research administration resources available at USC and at the national level.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Proposal Development
Beginner Tier and Required Course

This 3 hour course focuses on the proposal preparation process at USC from locating funding opportunities to specifics of the USC submission process. Instructors explain the difference among the various types of sponsors and how to use available funding databases. There is an in-depth discussion of how to review sponsor guidelines, including identifying the key components of a proposal.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Pre-Award Essentials
Beginner Tier and Required Course
This 3-hour course examines the progression of a proposal from the approval process until it is awarded and becomes an account at USC. Instructors explain the differences between the USC review process and typical sponsor review processes. Participants will learn to identify the different types of awards and will discuss what happens during the negotiation and acceptance phases of the process.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Post-Award Accounting
Beginner Tier and Required Course
This 3 hour course covers the administration process of sponsored programs at USC. Instructors explain how award terms and conditions affect the university, college, department, and principal investigator. There is an in-depth discussion of expenditure processes, including paying one-time expenses and establishing recurring expenses. Participants also learn how to monitor accounts with different tools available at USC.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Budget Fundamentals
Beginner Tier and Required Course

This course discusses the essential elements included in a proposal budget. Participants will become familiar with allowable and unallowable costs; typical budget categories in a research proposal; and facilities and administrative cost policies. Participants also will learn to calculate project salaries, fringe benefits, and facilities and administrative costs.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Business Practices I and II
Beginner Tier and Required Courses

These two 3 hour courses provide an overview on basic USC business practices from the research administrative perspective. Business Practices I provides an overview of Fund Accounting, Travel, Purchasing, and Accounts Payable, including an examination and explanation of different accounting tools; travel policies and procedures; purchasing policies related to equipment, materials, and supplies; and different types of payments. Business Practices II provides an overview of HR/Salary Administration, Time and Effort, and Indirect Cost Recovery. Instructors cover a variety of hiring procedures at USC, including student hiring; they also will explain the basics of Indirect Cost Recovery.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Closeout & Audit
Beginner Tier and Required Course

This 3 hour course examines and explains the progression of an account through the closeout process and auditing stage. Instructors offer step-by-step procedures to navigate smoothing through the closeout process. Instructors also identify sponsored research accounting issues considered "high risk" by university auditors and guide participants through audit preparation steps.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Budget Development
Intermediate Tier and Required Course
This 3 hour class explores budget development through hands-on activities and interactive discussion. A detailed grant budget spreadsheet is presented, and participants then have the opportunity to complete budgets and justifications using templates. Instructors provide a comparison of different agency budget forms and discuss how re-budgeting impacts facilities and administrative costs.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Cost Share
Intermediate Tier and Required Course
This 3 hour class offers an in-depth exploration of cost share during the proposal, award, and auditing phases. Instructors analyze the cost share types and the cost share documentation process. There also is a discussion of how committing cost share affects the university. Participants have the opportunity to practice calculating cost share.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Subawards
Intermediate Tier and Required Course
This 3 hour course examines the subaward process at USC, with an exploration of the cooperative requirements of a multi-institution project and an analysis of the interdependent roles of principal investigators, department administrators, sponsored program officials, procurement specialists, accountants, and their counterparts at collaborating institutions. Instructors outline the differences between subawards and subcontracts, as well as the legal framework governing subawards.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

Research Compliance
Intermediate Tier and Required Course
This 3 hour class provides an overview of research compliance issues, with a focus on two major concerns: human subject protection and laboratory animal welfare. The instructors chart and navigate the USC research compliance process, exploring basic regulatory requirements for involving human subjects and laboratory animals in research. Instructors also touch on other compliance issues such as conflict of interest and disclosure.

Who Should Attend?
Administrative and other support staff involved in the administration of research, training, or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. GRANT provides an overview of the process for submitting proposals and administering contract and grant funded sponsored projects. This class is offered annually in the fall and is limited to participants in the GRANT certificate program.

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