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The Office of Research Administration (ORA) and the Sponsored Programs Accounting & Compliance(SPAC) are committed to providing guidance to the university community on federal, state, and university policies and regulations for sponsored research. To enhance this effort, our two offices have combined to offer a series of courses, each intended to give a deeper understanding of a specific aspect of contract and grant administration.

Courses may be taken in any order, and you may choose to take as many or as few as you like. Course modules are offered at least once a year.

Completion of module quizzes and attendance at all 14 lectures is mandatory to receive a certificate in sponsored project management. Please refer to our Certificate Program Policies and Guidelines for Administration for specifics on completing the Certificate Program.

Online pre-registration is required.

Course sections close 24 hours before the lecture date. All classes are $25 and are limited to 35 participants each. Individuals who have completed their certification, but wish to attend a lecture again, are welcome to do so if they pre-register through training.umd.edu.

Individual course offerings are as follows:

  • Sponsored Projects Overview
  • Sponsored Projects II
  • Accounting for Sponsored Projects
  • UM Assurances
  • Cost Principles (OMB A21 and Uniform Guidance)
  • Administrative Requirements (OMB A110 and Uniform Guidance)
  • Audit Requirements (OMB A133 and Uniform Guidance)
  • Role of Departmental Business Managers
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing & Travel on Sponsored Projects
  • Contracting and the FAR
  • UM Research Policies
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer
  • Compliance

Classes may be rescheduled up until 24 hours before the class lecture date.

(Please note, charges will still be incurred for those registrants who do not attend class and have forgotten to cancel their online seat reservation prior to the day of event.)

Courses are open to UMCP faculty and staff only.


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