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Essentials of Research Administration (ERA)

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.)

Initial Certification Requirements

Participants in the ERA program must complete the following requirements within two (2) calendar years to earn the ERA certificate:

  • Attend all 5 Cores AND a minimum of 3 Electives
  • Initial certificate valid for two (2) calendar years beginning in the year the participant began attending ERA training sessions

Recertification Requirements

In order to maintain ERA certification status, continuing education of 2 Elective credits (or equivalent approved research-related training credits; see below) is required on an annual basis (after the initial certification period). Recertification credit options are as follows:

  • Attend 2 MSU ERA Electives every calendar year after your initial certificate end-date, and every calendar year thereafter.
  • Attend one of the following SPROUT approved conferences or training programs (local, regional or national) and send proof of attendance or successful completion to Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu), Sponsored Programs Administration Training Coordinator:
    • National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
    • Society of Research Administrators (SRA)
    • Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
    • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
    • Obtain your Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certificate through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC)
  • Attend SpartanRAN meetings to receive 1/2 elective credit for each meeting attended
  • Attend GRAND meetings to receive 1/2 Elective credit for each meeting attended
  • If you would like an alternative option considered for recertification credit, please send a request to the SPROUT Training Subcommittee Chair: Jenny Lafferty at stumpje1@osp.msu.edu

 

ERA CORES & ELECTIVES - Register in Ability at www.ora.msu.edu/train

 

ERA 2019

Remaining Electives:

Date Course Time Location
November 19 Reporting & Data Collection 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101
December 10 Hot Topics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101

 

ERA 2020   

Cores:

Date Course Time Location
January 21 Core 1: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 1 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
February 11 Core 2: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 2 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101
February 25 Core 3: Principles of Post-Award Research Administration, Part 1 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101
February 25 Core 4: Principles of Post-Award Research Administration, Part 2 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
March 10 Core 5: Compliance 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101

 

Electives:

Date Course Time Location
April 21 Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
May 19 University Services for Research Administrators 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Angell Building, Service Road
June 18 Animal Care & Use Requirements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
August 18 Post-Award Receivable Process & Financial Transactions 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
September 15 Reporting & Data Collection 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101
October 13 Departmental Post-Award Account Management 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101
October 27 Fee-for-Service & Service Centers 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
November 17 NIH & NSF Agency Specifics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
December 8 Hot Topics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101

Class Materials: Final materials will be posted in Ability prior to each class date, and also emailed directly to registrants.

 

eLearning Electives:

Course To Register:

International Research I

Email Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu) to be added to the course in D2L.
International Research II Email Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu) to be added to the course in D2L.
Contracts and Other Agreements Email Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu) to be added to the course in D2L.
To Be Released in 2020:
Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation
 

 

Attending ERA Electives will provide you with new knowledge and tools in research administration, and stay updated on both MSU and agency policies and procedures.  Once you have obtained your initial ERA Certification, you will need to attend two (2) Electives (or other qualified training equivalents) every calendar year in order to keep your certificate active.

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