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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
  • This initial certificate will be valid for two (2) calendar years, beginning in the year the participants began attending ERA sessions.

Recertification Requirements

In order to maintain your 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 Jenny Lafferty: (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu) and Shannon Lutz (lutzsha1@osp.msu.edu) in Sponsored Programs Administration:
    • 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 Series 2019

Register here: https://ora.msu.edu/train/

CORES:

Date Course Time Location
January 15 Core 1: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 1 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
January 22 Core 2: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 2 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101
March 5 Cores 3 & 4: Principles of Post-Award Research Administration, Parts 1 & 2 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
March 12 Core 5: Compliance 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101

 

ELECTIVES:

Date Course Time Location
April 9

Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
April 23 Proposal Development in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
May 7 Advanced Hands-On Budgeting in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
June 4 Human Research Protection Requirements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
June 18 Clinical Trials & Clinical Research Compliance 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
July 16 Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
July 30 Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
August 20 Post-Award Receivable Process & Financial Transactions 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
September 17 Proposal Development in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
October 1 Departmental Post-Award Account Management 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101
October 8 Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC *tentative* 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 210
October 15 Purchasing 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Angell Building
October 29 Fee-for-Service & Service Centers 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 101
November 7 Animal Care & Use Requirements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
November 12 NIH & NSF Agency Specifics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet, 10
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

 

eLearning Electives in D2L:

Course To Register:

International Research I

Email Shannon Lutz (lutzsha1@osp.msu.edu) & Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu)
Contracts and Other Agreements Email Shannon Lutz (lutzsha1@osp.msu.edu) & Jennifer Lafferty (stumpje1@osp.msu.edu)
To Be Released in 2019:
International Research II
Intellectual Property
 

 

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.

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

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