DEPARTMENTAL RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION (DRA)

Programme Overview

IARSA is proud to offer the Departmental Research Administration Workshop, a workshop geared specifically towards the unit-level professional administrator. Unit-level administrators, or departmental research administrators (DRAs), who work at the department and university/college levels face unique challenges and a wide range of responsibilities and functions while managing research portfolios. DRAs must have expertise in both pre- and post-award activities. DRAs are distinguished from other research support functions because they are intimately involved with all facets of the research administration process, including daily interactions with faculty, while concurrently managing other department-specific responsibilities.

This two-day programme will answer the questions that are at the forefront of managing researchers and administrators at the departmental level: What is it? Why are there so many policies and regulations? How do I put policy into practice? The content topics and format of the workshop focus on the why and how, provides information needed from the department perspective and includes activities, case studies and interactive learning to apply the concepts.

This programme examines the essential elements of research administration, with a specific focus on the highly specialized skills needed to manage research effectively at the unit level. The programme will employ practical applications to enhance critical thinking skills, and will apply best practices for research faculty support and other departmental day-to-day activities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand how to use your organisation’s policies and procedures to minimize risks
  • Learn techniques to manage the day-to-day financial activities of sponsored awards
  • Understand what departmental education research and administration is, and isn’t
  • Identify the key components in proposal development
  • Explore and discern the main areas of importance in departmental education research that will help to develop you as an effective administrator
  • Discover how and where to find the information needed to do your job successfully

Learning Objectives:

• Understand what departmental education research and administration is, and isn’t
• Explore and discern the main areas of importance in departmental education research that will help to develop you as an effective administrator
• Identify the key components in proposal development
• Learn techniques to manage the day-to-day financial activities of sponsored awards
• Discover how and where to find the information needed to do your job successfully
• Understand how to use your organisation’s policies and procedures to minimize risks

PROGRAMME OUTLINES
Over the course of two days, topics covered will include:

DAY ONE:

Administration

Proposal Development

  • Budget development
  • Cost Principles
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Tools for proposals
  • Proposal preparation and review
  • Sponsors and funding mechanisms
  • Proposal solicitations

DAY TWO:

Grant Administration

  • Grants management and processes
  • Pre-award administration
  • Management of funded awards, and relevant terms and conditions
  • Financial management of awards
  • Administrative management of awards
  • Award review and roles and responsibilities
  • Regulatory Compliance (information, case studies, discussions and activities).
  • Account Monitoring and Reconciliation
  • Effort Reporting
  • Cost Share
  • Procurement
  • Cost Transfers

At the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the departmental research administrator and their interactions with other offices/departments
  • Implement best practices for applying the Office of Management and Budget, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit
  • Effectively administer sponsored awards throughout the award lifecycle
  • Employ pre-award practices which ensure effective and streamlined post-award management
  • Identify potential terms, regulations, and other concerns that may impact life-of-the-award management
  • Identify the key components of successful proposal development and submission
  • Employ skills to effectively communicate and collaborate with faculty during the proposal process
  • Distinguish the purpose and actions required for common administrative requests
  • Find resources and tools to aid in award management activities
  • Distinguish within different generated notices the parts that provide important compliance related alerts for deliverables and closeout.
  • Identify how everyone fits in relationship with compliance for sponsored project
  • Evaluate higher risk compliance elements impacting sponsored projects
  • Compile a list of compliance related considerations and available resources

The DRA workshop is taught by experienced thought leaders in departmental research administration, who will share their real-life experiences. Instructors will also explain regulations, and inform how policies and procedures guide and support the stewardship of your institution’s sponsored awards.

For training and course outlines, please email us at training@iarsa.info