Research Administration 101

Research Administration 101 is a certificate program offered by theResearch 101 Office of Research to members of the KU community engaged in the administration of externally sponsored projects. The program is offered in a class format consisting of ten weekly two-hour sessions taught by a variety of in-house experts as well as invited guests from the broader KU community.

The course is intended to provide participants with an overview of what sponsored projects are, how they are administered at KU, and who bears responsibility for seeing that they are administered responsibly. Many of the topics addressed are relevant to all sponsored projects, including research, educational service agreements, training grants, and public service projects. Some topics will be relevant to any research activity, regardless of whether or not it is externally funded.

This list of topics below provides an idea of what the course has covered in the past, but the topics do change somewhat from year to year. If you have questions about the materials and course schedule, please contact Alicia Reed, interim director, research administration,, 785-864-3289. To enroll, send an e-mail indicating your desire to participate with your name, department/unit, phone and e-mail address to Past participants are welcome to drop in on any session for a refresher.

Certification Requirements
Persons interested in qualifying for the certification offered with this program must attend a minimum of eight of the ten class sessions. Those who are unable to meet the minimum requirement may make up missed classes when they are offered the following year.

Topics Example Presentations
list of presentations
Overview of Research Admin. & Sponsored Projects
Sources of Funding
Finding Funding 
Proposal Preparation & Review
list of presentations
The Proposal Process
Grant Award Terms & Conditions – Regulatory Issues
list of presentations
Grant Award Terms & Conditions
Sponsored & Other Research Agreement Types
Project Mngt. Responsibilities
Responsible Conduct of Research, Compliance
list of presentations
Responsible Conduct of Research and Research Misconduct
Conflict of Interest
Export Controls
Restricted Research
Research Compliance Issues
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Human Subjects in Research
Animal Care and Use
Maintaining Security of Research Data
Project Monitoring and Reporting
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Award Spending and Monitoring
Project Changes
Cost Transfers
F&A Cost Rate Proposal
Post-Award Administration Issues
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Using DEMIS for Grant Reporting
Effort Reporting and Salary Certifications
Cost Share
Program Income
Close Out Procedures
Property Management and Disposal
Human Resources
list of presentations
Payroll and Human Resources
Environmental Health and Safety
Purchases on Sponsored Projects
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Good Business Practices
Reimbursement of Travel and Expense Costs
KU Procure to Pay System (SciQuest)
State Statutes on Acceptance of Gifts
Business Transactions
Products of Research, Measuring Research
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Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization Measuring Research
Course Graduation


Research Administration
Alicia Reed
Assistant Vice Chancellor for KU Research
phone 785-864-7231
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