Essentials of Research Administration (ERA)
The ERA certification series provides on-campus training and certification for research
administrators and other support staff who have responsibilities for research proposals,
grants, contracts, pre- and post-award administration and related activity at Michigan
This training is provided at no cost.
2021 ERA Series
Online registration is available at www.ora.msu.edu/train.
01/19/21 - Core 1: Pre-Award, Part 1 (first half)
01/26/21 - Core 1: Pre-Award, Part 1 (second half)
02/09/21 - Core 2: Pre-Award, Part 2
02/23/21 - Core 3 & Core 4: Post-Award, Parts 1 & 2
03/09/21 - Core 5: Compliance
05/18/21 - University Services for Research Administrators
06/08/21 - Health and Human Services (DHHS) Human Research Protection Program Compliance
06/17/21 - Animal Care & Use Requirements
06/22/21 - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Research Compliance
08/31/21 - Proposal Development in KC
07/20/21 - Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation
08/17/21 - Post Award Receivable Process & Financial Transactions
08/24/21 - Beginner's Hands-on Budgeting in KC
08/31/21 - Proposal Development in KC
09/14/21 - Reporting & Data Collection
10/12/21 - Departmental Post-Award Account Management
10/26/21 - Fee-for-Service & Service Centers
11/09/21 - Beginner's Hands-on Budgeting in KC (2nd session)
11/16/21 - NIH & NSF Agency Specifics
11/30/21 - Proposal Development in KC
12/07/21 - Hot Topics
International Research I
International Research II
Contracts and Other Agreements
To register for one of the above eLearning courses, please email Amanda Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the course in D2L and receive further instructions on ERA credits.
Initial Certification Requirements
Participants in the ERA program must complete the following requirements within two (2) calendar years to earn the ERA certificate:
- Attend all 5 Cores AND a minimum of 3 Electives
- This initial certificate will be valid for two (2) calendar years, beginning in the year the participant began attending ERA sessions.
In order to maintain your ERA certification status, continuing education of 2 Elective credits (or equivalent approved research-related training credits; see below) is required every calendar year (after the initial certification period). Recertification credit options are as follows:
- Attend 2 MSU ERA Electives every calendar year after your initial certificate end-date, and every calendar year thereafter.
- Attend one of the following SPROUT approved conferences or training programs (local,
regional or national) and send proof of attendance or successful completion to Amanda
Jones (email@example.com) in Sponsored Programs Administration:
- National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
- Society of Research Administrators (SRA)
- Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
- National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
- Obtain your Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certificate through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC)
- Attend SpartanRAN meetings to receive 1/2 Elective credit for each meeting attended
- Attend GRAND Forum meetings to receive 1/2 Elective credit for each meeting attended
- Serve as a member on SPAC or the SPROUT Training Committee for 1/4 elective credit each meeting attended.
- If you would like an alternative research related training option considered for recertification credit, please send a request to the SPROUT Training Subcommittee Chair, TBD (SPA Training Coordinator).
- Sponsored Program Research Opportunities and University Training (SPROUT)
- Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation (SVPRI)
External Training Opportunities
- Financial Research Administration (FRA): March 2-3, 2020 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Pre-Award Research Administration (PRA): March 5-6, 2020 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Region IV Spring Meeting: April 26-29, 2020 - St. Pete Beach, FL
- Annual Meeting: August 2020 - Washington, DC