Attending ERA Electives is a great way to obtain new knowledge and tools in research administration, and stay updated on both MSU and agency policies and procedures. Once you have obtained your initial ERA Certification, you will need to attend three (3) electives every two (2) years in order to keep your certificate active.

ERA Registration System

Online registration for the Essentials of Research Administration (ERA) Certification Series is now open!  This system is available on the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) website (instead of through EBS), and all 2018 classes are now posted here: https://cga.msu.edu/PL/ERA/ERAPortal.aspx.  You will need to login with your MSU NetID (with two-factor authentication) to access the Course Catalog & Registration information.  A “Help” tab is also available with registration instructions and contact information for further assistance.

2018 Schedule (8:30 a.m. - Noon)

Date Description Location
Apr 24
Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC*
Wells Hall (B110H)
May 8
Proposal Development in KC
Computer Center (415)
May 22
Advanced Hands-On Budgeting in KC
Wells Hall (B110H)
June 5
Contracts & Other Agreements
June 19
Effort Reporting & Other Direct Cost Documentation
June 26
Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC
Computer Center (415)
July 17
Clinical Trials & Clinical Research Compliance
July 31
Human Research Protection Requirements
Aug 14
Animal Care & Use Requirements
Aug 21
International Research I
Aug 28
International Research II
Sept 11
Intellectual Property
Sept 25
Departmental Post-Award Account Management
Henry Center (A170)
Oct 2
Beginner's Hands-On Budgeting in KC
Wells Hall (B110H)
Oct 9
Angell Building
Oct 23
Fee-for-Service & Service Centers
Vet Diagnostics Lab (101)
Nov 6
NIH & NSF Agency Specifics
Nov 13
Reporting & Data Collection
Vet Diagnostics Lab (101)
Dec 4
Hot Topics
Henry Center (A170)

*8:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Registration Instructions:

Please click here to view instructions for using the ERA Registration System on the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) website.


Questions on the ERA Series, Registration or Certification/Recertification Status?

Please contact the SPA Training Team:
Jennifer Lafferty, SPA Training Coordinator: stumpje1@osp.msu.edu.
Shannon Lutz, SPA Training & Data Analyst Assistant: lutzsha1@osp.msu.edu


Please Note:

  • Please discuss your attendance with your supervisor/manager prior to enrolling and secure their verbal approval.

  • When registering for ERA sessions, the system will not send you a confirmation email at this time.  System enhancements are currently in process for this feature.\

  • If a session is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email Jennifer Lafferty at stumpje1@osp.msu.edu.