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Essentials of Research Administration (ERA) Training

The ERA certification series provides training for research administrators and other support staff who have responsibilities for research proposals, grants, contracts, pre- and post-award administration and related activity at Michigan State University.  (Training is complimentary.)

Please see below for current and upcoming courses, or visit the Essentials of Research Administration (ERA) Page for a complete list of 2024 training courses, videos, and course descriptions.

UPCOMING 2024 ERA COURSES - All courses will take place virtually over Zoom unless otherwise indicated.

Register in Ability at

Date Course Course Level Time
June 11 Audits Intermediate 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
August 6 Proposal Development in KR Entry Level 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
August 13 Beginner's Hands-on Budgeting in KR Entry Level 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
September 10 Reporting & Data Collection Intermediate 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
September 24 Export Control  Intermediate 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
October 8 Departmental Post-Award Account Management Intermediate 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
October 22 Fee-for-Service & Service Centers Advanced 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
November 12 Advanced Budget Development in KR  Advanced 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
November 19 NIH Agency Specifics  Intermediate 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
November 26 NSF Agency Specifics Intermediate 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
December 3 Hot Topics All Audiences 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Class Materials: Final materials will be emailed directly to registrants in advance of each course.

Attending ERA Electives will provide you with new knowledge and tools in research administration, and allow you to stay updated on both MSU and agency policies and procedures.  Once you have obtained your initial ERA Certification, you can renew your certification annually by completing 8 hours of ERA coursework or equivalent research-related training.

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