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Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series

This certificate series offers an opportunity for FSU sponsored projects support staff (central and departmental) to further develop and enhance their knowledge and skills related to the management of sponsored funding. The curriculum focuses on compliance with government regulations as well as FSU policies and procedures related to management of sponsored research projects. Course content will be updated as new regulations/interpretations come out.

Completion of all 5 courses listed under the Departmental Core Track and 15 courses listed under the Research Administrator Track within a 2-year period are required to receive the Sponsored Research Administration Certificate.

Please note: The SRA certificate series is currently being redesigned. Several modules have already been converted and are available online in Canvas. The online courses replace the courses listed below in red. For detailed information and a list of available eSpear modules:


Departmental Core Track

  1. Proposal Basics/ Electronic Submission Systems (SRA01): Participants will be guided through the proposal development process from the search for funding opportunities to proposal and budget preparation. Participants will be introduced to the various systems used to submit proposals to the Federal Government. Systems that will be introduced in this session are, Fastlane and FedConnect. Now available as ESP03: Proposal Development & Submission.
  2. SRA Financial Management (SRA03): Encompasses compliance requirements and OMNI inquiry/ OBI reporting tools needed for managing Sponsored Projects including looking up available balances by project/ department and running monthly reports. Available as ESP07: Project Management
  3. Hands on Budget (SRA04): Includes basic steps to prepare proposal budgets, budgetary amendments, adding and deducting funding from projects and re-budgeting among categories. Participants will be given the opportunity to bring budgets and re-budgets to work on in class.
  4. FSURF Account Reconciliation and Disbursement Procedures (SRA05): Research Foundation projects have to be reconciled on a monthly basis and the steps will be reviewed in this session.
  5. Effort Commitments and Certifications (SRA09): During the proposal/award negotiation processes, personnel commitments are made. This may be salary that will be charged to an award or simply commitments of time. FSU must ensure that these obligations are met. Commitments are tracked and effort is certified using the FACET application in OMNI. This session provides an overview of these processes. Available as ESP08: Effort Commitments & Certifications

Research Administrator Track

  1. Award Negotiations, Processes, & Advances (SRA02): This session will include the basicsteps required for review and negotiation of new awards. This session will also provide an overviewof the advance process, policy and procedures. Now available as ESP04: Award Set-up
  2. Cost Sharing (SRA07): Sometimes it is necessary to commit FSU resources to a project. This is called cost sharing and this session will step you through the process from proposal to post award management.
  3. Finding Funding for Your Project (SRA08): Participants will learn about the different search engines available for use and will guide you through a search process demonstration.
  4. Subcontracting & Audit Requirements (SRA10): Sometimes PIs collaborate with other researchers to complete the research required. The subcontracting development/negotiation, execution and invoicing processes are reviewed in this session as well as the applicability and impact of the Single Audit Act. Available as ESP10: Issuing and Managing Subawards
  5. National Institutes of Health/NIH (SRA12): Provides detailed insight into NIH which will include types of grants issued, Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest, budgets, applications, eRA Commons and awards.
  6. Tuition Waivers and Projects (SRA13): An overview of how tuition is charged to sponsored projects for graduate students working on awards.
  7. National Science Foundation (SRA14): This session will provide detailed insight into NSF which will include types of grants issued, Fastlane, proposal requirements, revised budgets, award term and conditions, etc.
  8. Animal Care (SRA15): In order for Researchers to use animals on sponsored projects they must adhere to specific federal and university regulations, policies and procedures. This session will cover the history, laws and Federal oversight as well as FSU's policies and procedures.
  9. Financial Project Closeout (SRA16): This session will provide participants with hands-on information concerning the administrative and financial closeout process for sponsored projects. Available as ESP08: Project Closeouts
  10. Facilities and Administrative Costs/ Auxiliaries (SRA17): F&A costs are charged to projects in accordance with the terms of an award and rates agreed to with the Federal government. This session will go over the rate development, application and distribution processes. Additionally, it will briefly discuss Auxiliary rate development, appropriate rate and allowability of charges on sponsored projects.
  11. Intellectual Property (SRA18): While the PI is conducting research, it may become imperative that the necessary steps be taken to safeguard the research results/ findings. This session will provide an in-depth look at the definitions, laws, Federal insight, and various type of intellectual property.
  12. Open Access, Data Management and Grants Compliance (SRA20): Covers the services and initiatives FSU Libraries offer to support these areas of growth, and provides some examples using the NIH Public Access Policy. This class is a pre-requisite for SRA24.
  13. State of Florida Agencies (SRA21): Focuses on the proposal submission processes, terms and conditions, budgetary and programmatic amendments to State of Florida sponsored awards. This class is a pre-requisite for SRA24.
  14. Human Subjects (SRA22): To protect the welfare of human subject participants, federal regulations give authority to the Institutional Review Board to oversee the welfare of human subject participants. This class will discuss the federal and university regulations and policy and procedures that must be adhered to in order to protect them.
  15. Best Practices & Resources for Data Management (SRA24): As more federal agencies make data management plans a required part of grant application, researchers are left with questions on how to fulfill these new requirements. This workshop will explore tools and services related to assisting researchers in writing data management plans for grant application. SRA20 (Open Access, Data Management and Grants Compliance ) is a pre-requisite for this course
  16. Administrative Requirements & Cost Principles (SRA27) - formerly SRA19: In-depth information concerning 2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al., Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Now available as ESP02: Uniform Guidance.
  17. Export Control and Conflict of Interest (SRA28): An overview of the laws used to regulate the dissemination of material to foreign persons/nations/nationals through export controls and conflict of interest policies and procedures that relate to different funding agencies.

For the Training Schedule and Registration Instructions, visit Questions: Contact the Office of Training and Organizational Development at or 850-644-8724.