Training Resources

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Congratulations New CSU CRAs!

Staci Folot, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Liz Grinstead, Office of Sponsored Programs

Shannon Irey, Atmospheric Science

Corrine Lindstadt, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Reagan Lu, formerly College of Agricultural Sciences

Bill Moseley, Office of Sponsored Programs

Stephanie Ouren, College of Health & Human Sciences

Kim-Melville Smith, Office of Sponsored Programs

Cliff Schulenberg, College of Agricultural Sciences

Tracey Trujillo, Warner College of Natural Resources

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
  • Improved 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 their Name (first & last) and Department or Unit to tricia.callahan@colostate.edu by Friday, July 2. Study sessions will be held on the dates indicated below from 10:00 to 11:00 AM MST via Zoom.

July 8, 15, 22, 29

August 5, 12, 19, 26

September 29, 16, 23, 30

Applicant Requirements

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

2.) An email containing applicant’s Name (first and last) and Department or Unit, must be submitted to tricia.callahan@colostate.edu by July 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM MST.

3.) 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 Corporations

 

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

Coming soon…

Did you know?

September 13, 2021

Did you know there is a difference between participant support and participant incentive costs? The differences impact F&A return and the ability to reallocate funds after an award has been made. 

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