Training

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CANCELED:
Thursday, April 9, 2020
RAM Symposium
Lory Student Center
8am – 4pm – Details coming soon!

The CRA Research Administration Management (C-RAM) Study Program is a guided, self-study program designed to assist Colorado State University Research Administrators in preparing for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam.

The study program is designed to guide potential applicants through the comprehensive body of knowledge represented on the CRA exam. It is an opportunity for CSU research administrators to share knowledge and expertise. It is not meant to be the sole source of preparation for the CRA exam, nor is it meant to be a guarantee that participants will pass the CRA exam. It is designed to introduce those interested in taking the CRA exam to the exam format and content areas so that participants can determine subject areas where additional study or experience is needed prior to taking the exam.

What is the CRA?

The CRA is a credential offered by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). Earning the Certified Research Administration (CRA) certification means that one has met the required qualifications and passed an exam on a wide body of knowledge in research administration, including project development and administration; legal requirements and sponsor interface; financial management; and general management.

Learn more about the CRA, including application requirements, testing format/sites, recertification requirements, and required fees on the RACC website.

CRA Benefits

In addition to personal satisfaction, becoming certified may provide the following benefits:

  • Professional recognition
  • Validation of expertise
  • Increased credibility with faculty, researchers, and other administrators
  • Increased opportunities for professional advancement
  • Recognition as a subject matter expert

C-RAM Study Program Requirements

Individuals interested in participating in the C-RAM Study Program must submit and application signed by their Supervisor indicating the applicant will be permitted time to attend the ten (10) guided study groups offered in the semester leading up to the CRA exam date. Study sessions will be held on the dates indicated below from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Computer Science, 425.

Look for new dates to be posted late this summer!

Applicant Requirements

1.) The CRA exam is rigorous. Applicants must be willing to study several hours/week outside the guided study sessions.

2.) A complete application form, including a supervisor’s signature, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by January 17, 2020.

3.) A one-time registration fee of $100 due by January 31, 2020.

4.) Priority will be given to C-RAM applicants eligible to sit for the CRA exam at the time of application. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of professional experience in research or sponsored programs administration either in a sponsoring or recipient organization or the equivalent in a self-funded organization; – OR-
  • An Associate’s degree and five (5) years o professional experience in research or sponsored programs administration either in a sponsoring or recipient organization or the equivalent in a self-funded organization; – OR-
  • No degree and six (6) years of professional experience in research or sponsored programs administration either in a sponsoring or recipient organization or the equivalent in a self-funded organization (this option requires completion of a Petition Application from the RACC).

Questions

Direct questions on the C-RAM Study Group or other training initiatives to tricia.callahan@colostate.edu.

Resources

Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC)

RACC Review Sessions

Research Administration Listserv

Practice test through the Professional Testing Corporation

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May 6, 2020
Data Security for the Research Administrator (NCURA)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MST via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87883918811

May 12, 2020
Intellectual Property: Know the Basics as it Applies to Research Administration (NCURA)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MST via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82198537917

May 14, 2020

National Science Foundation eRA Forum
11:00 am – 12:30 pm MST (to subscribe, send blank email to NSF-ERA-FORUM-subscribe-request@listserv.nsf.gov)

May 14-15, 2020
$ Departmental Research Administration
Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI)
Seattle, WA

May 14-15, 2020
$ Pre-Award Intensive Training
Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI)
Seattle, WA

May 18-19, 2020
NSF Spring 2020 Grants Conference
Minneapolis, MN – Registration Opens March 17 !

May 27-29, 2020
$ Contract Negotiation and Administration Workshop
National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
Online!

May 27-29, 2020
$ Level II: Sponsored Project Administration
National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
Online!

Proposal Training Guide, UPDATED 4/5/17
Proposal Training Video
S2S (system-to-system) Training Guide
Proposal Hierarchy Training Guide
Proposal Budget Training Guide
Proposal Budget Training Video
Proposal Approver Training Video

Training Environment. Use Chrome or Firefox browsers (not Internet Explorer).

When additional training sessions are available, they will be posted at the CSU MyLearning registration site.

Small group (4 people) or one-on-one training and assistance can be provided by appointment. Contact Chris Carsten to coordinate.

Did you know?

May 26, 2020

A majority of federal assistance awards are cost-reimbursable, meaning CSU gets paid only after expenditures are made, submitted to the sponsor, and found appropriate or allowable. Costs outside the period of performance, over the awarded amount, and unallowable, are not reimbursed and must be borne by the Institution.

Submit “Did You Know” facts on CSU sponsored project related policies, procedures and guidance here.

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