Research Administrator Certificate

Workshop Schedule  Register for classes  Certificate Requirements 

In light of the major reorganization underway in University Research Services & Administration, the Research Administrators Certificate program will be on hiatus for the fall. It is our goal to re-launch the program in January. URSA wishes to thank all who have expressed interest in the program and encourage you to consider joining us in the spring. Please check this webpage periodically for updates. In the meantime, there will be a number of general grant administration classes offered in the fall workshop schedule. Please visit staff workshops and faculty workshops for more information.


URSA would like to congratulate these recent graduates of the Research Administrator Certificate Porgram:

Name Department
Dawn Foster Center for International Business Education and Research
Yolanda Gantz Educational Research Bureau
Brenda Marlow School of Public Health
James Stark II Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards

About the Certificate

The Research Administrator Certificate is a program offered every fall and spring semester by University Research Services & Administration (URSA). It is designed to train and prepare research administrators to assist in the management of sponsored programs from beginning to end. The curriculum includes twelve required courses which cover all aspects of grants management from the proposal to the close-out and audit processes. The program may be completed in one semester or can take up to a year. Classes occur on average three times a month. Seats are limited so it’s important to register early during the recruitment period (typically, August and January).

A few classes have a test-out option which allows participants to take a pre-test for which a qualifying score allows them to opt out of the class. Participants must commit to attending each class in the program for which there is not a test-out option. The classes are offered in sequential order patterned after the life cycle of a grant.

Verbal, written and online exercises are an integral part of the classes. Some workshops include homework and post-test follow-up. There is a comprehensive exam after the completion of all required courses. Upon successful completion of the program a Certificate in Research Administration is awarded.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact URSA Sr. Training Specialist, Princeanna Walker.

Research Administrator Certificate Classes

Visit the Staff Workshops calendar for class times, and the Training Registration site to register.

Workshop topics include personnel roles and responsibilities; grant terminology; gifts vs. sponsored projects; funding sources, agreement types, URSA website; and an overview of the proposal life cycle.
Workshop topics include cost of non-compliance; research misconduct; conflict of interest; human rights; animal rights; hazardous materials; environmental safety; and Georgia State policies.
Workshop topics include pre-award negotiations, proposal life cycle (routing through submission.
Workshop topics include budget elements; direct/indirect costs; cost sharing; subcontracts; sample budgets; and budget justifications.
Workshop is a continuation of topics covered in Basic Budgets I including  producing sample budgets and budget justifications.
Workshop topics include proposal requirements; contract negotiations; budget building; expenditure reporting; sub-recipient responsibilities and monitoring.
This workshop will cover navigation within the PeopleSoft Spectrum GRANTS module.  You will learn how to look up sponsored projects and run simple reports.  
Workshop topics include cost accounting standards; disclosure statements; allowability of  costs; direct costs; F & A costs; and OMB circulars.
Workshop topics include account set-up; cost sharing; companion accounts; pre-award spending, allowable costs; rebudgeting; invoicing/expenditures and OMB A-110.
Workshop topics include cost transfers; award monitoring; project budget reports; changes to awards, expanded authorities; financial reports and renewals.
Workshop topics include definitions; federal requirements; Georgia State policies; personnel roles and responsibilities and hands-on ERS system training.
Workshop topics include no-cost extensions; pre-termination process; cost overruns, residuals; OMB A-133; record retention and surviving an audit.