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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 Co-Chairs: Jenny Lafferty and MaryJo Banasik.

 

ERA Series 2018

Register here: https://cga.msu.edu/PL/ERA/ERAPortal.aspx

CORES:

Date Course Time Location
January 23 Core 1: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 1 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
February 6 Core 2: Principles of Pre-Award Research Administration, Part 2 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101
February 27 Core 3: Principles of Post-Award Research Administration, Part 1 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VDL, Room 101
March 13 Core 4: Principles of Post-Award Research Administration, Part 2 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101
April 10 Core 5: Compliance 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, Room 101

 

ELECTIVES:

Date Course Time Location
April 24

Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wells Hall, B110H
May 8 Proposal Development in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 415
May 22 Advanced Hands-On Budgeting in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wells Hall, B110H
June 5 Contracts & Other Agreements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
June 19 Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
June 26 Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Computer Center, 415
July 17 Clinical Trials & Clinical Research Compliance 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
July 31 Human Research Protection Requirements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
August 14 Animal Care & Use Requirements 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
August 21 International Research I 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
August 28 International Research II 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
September 11 Intellectual Property 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
September 18 Proposal Development in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. TBA
September 25 Departmental Post-Award Account Management 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Henry Center, A170
October 2 Beginnier's Hands-On Budgeting in KC 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wells Hall, B110H
October 9 Purchasing 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Angell Building
October 23 Fee-for-Service & Service Centers 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, 101
November 6 NIH & NSF Agency Specifics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nisbet
November 27 Reporting & Data Collection 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. VDL, 101
December 4 Hot Topics 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Henry Center, A170

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 on the ERA Registration System site prior to each class date (https://cga.msu.edu/PL/ERA/ERAPortal.aspx).

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