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LUNCH WITH LAURA Research Administration at the U (RAU): ORA's Educational Curriculum is Finally Here

Research Administration at the U (RAU) has been fully implemented. This session will be to answer questions about the curriculum, exemption test and process for new employees. For background, here is the newsletter about the curriculum from earlier this year:

A goal I’ve had since I arrived at UM has been to develop and implement a robust training curriculum consisting of mandatory and elective courses to provide our departmental administrators and all other UM staff and faculty the resources to successfully manage sponsored awards.  I am very happy to announce that we are ready to start rolling out Research Administration at the U (RAU).

The curriculum includes a total of 30 courses of which 17 are required for staff who provide pre- and/or post-award support. The courses are offered in a variety of formats including both in person and computer-based learning and lasting from 15 minutes to 4 hours to complete.

All new and current employees providing pre- and/or post-award support are required to take the mandatory courses. New employees will have a period to time to complete all courses, if they are not completed, access to systems such as IBIS and Workday will be removed until all courses are complete. Current employees are also required to take the training; however, we are providing a one-year period to be compliant. Additionally, those who took the 3-day comprehensive training offered by the Office of Research Administration several years ago may elect to take a test in lieu of the mandatory courses. 

Mandatory Courses
Elective Courses
  • Introduction to ORA
  • Research Administration at the U
  • Understanding Uniform Guidance
  • Allowable Costs, Allocations and Budgeting
  • All About Effort
  • Understanding Other Support, Disclosures and Foreign Influence
  • Understanding Cost Transfers
  • Introduction to IBISResearch
  • IBISResearch: Create and Submit a Proposal
  • IBISResearch: Manage an Award
  • Managing Awards for Financial Success
  • Clinical Trials 101
  • Cost Principles I and II
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Cost Sharing Basics
  • Subrecipient Basics I, II, III
  • Understanding Salary Caps
  • Understanding MCAs 
  • Developing Study Budgets 
  • Successful Management of Clinical Trials
  • Getting Started with the Project
  • Non-Financial Compliance
  • IBISResearch: Agreements
  • IBISResearch: Entering Budgets
  • IBISResearch: Follow on Proposals
  • IBISResearch: Ancillary Reviewer
  • IBISResearch: Departmental Reviewer
  • IBISResearch: Manage Tags
  • NIH Career Development Awards





The courses are in ULearn now!

Please join me on September 22nd 12:00pm to discuss this topic further, I would love to hear from you!

Register in advance for the Zoom session here. You may also submit your question(s) and/or comment(s) in advance of the session.  


Letter from Laura

Laura Kozma
Associate Vice President, Research Administration
Lunch with Laura Overview 

Lunch with Laura is a monthly newsletter and discussion session with me (Laura Kozma, Associate Vice President for Research Administration) on a specific topic. There will be new focus each month which will include hot topics in research administration, new and significant policies, and changes in the Office of Research Administration (ORA).


The newsletter will be distributed to the University of Miami (UM) communicated and will also be available online. Each newsletter will briefly discuss key points about the monthly focus including available resources.

Lunch with Laura

The discussion session (or Lunch with Laura) will be held shortly after the newsletter is sent out. All are welcome to come and discuss the monthly focus and ask questions. I look forward to having an opportunity to discuss your concerns and questions in depth. My goal is to make this an opportunity for you and one for me as well so I can better understand your struggles and challenges. You may submit your questions or comments in advance of the session.