Learn About Sponsored Projects

If you are new to research administration there are many internal and external resources to help you get started.  It takes time to learn how to prepare a proposal, develop a budget, and monitor the progress of a sponsored award.   Various certificate programs in research administration exist, and there are always opportunities to learn about more specific topics.

Columbia Resources:

To receive announcements impacting the management of sponsored projects, SPA maintains several listservs. Contact Stephanie Scott for any questions concerning these listservs.

  • Grants-Morningside-DA -> for administrators on Morningside campus
  • Grants-CUMC-DA -> for administrators on CUMC campus
  • Training Grant Administrators (TGA) mailing list -> for administrators who prepare and/or manage NIH institutional training grants (ex. T32s).  Contact Stephanie Scott to join this list.
  • SPA-Info -> used by SPA to send broad announcements to faculty on either campus.  The email addresses on this listserv change depending on the purpose of the announcement. No need to join it!
  • NIH-Investigators -> announcements are sent to faculty who have ever applied for NIH funding.
  • NSF-Investigators -> announcements are sent to faculty who have ever applied for NSF funding.

Research Administration Discussion List (over 4,000 Subscribers):

RESADM-L Mailing list: RESADM-L@lists.healthresearch.org


Become a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA), or a Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA):


Exam sessions & Review sessions: http://cra-cert.org/examschedule.html

Some universities offer online Master's Degree programs in research administration.

Grants Learning Center from Grants.gov