Sponsored Projects Certificate Program

A certificate program for research administrators.

The Columbia University Certificate in Administration of Sponsored Projects is a certificate program for Columbia administrative staff involved in sponsored projects.  The certificate program provides appropriately-trained individuals with a credential that attests to their knowledge and understanding of the policies and processes relating to the administration of sponsored projects at Columbia.  The program presents training in four key areas of pre-award and post-award administration: 

  1. Research compliance and regulatory requirements;
  2. Research roles and responsibilities at Columbia;
  3. Operational procedures and best practices for proposal development and financial management; and
  4. Resources available for compliance and operational support.

Audience: Research Administrators, Department Administrators, Research Coordinators, Effort Coordinators, Grants Managers and other administrative staff involved with sponsored projects.

Requirements: In order to receive the Certificate in Administration of Sponsored Projects, an individual must complete all of the following requirements:

  • Research Compliance Foundations

    Research Compliance Foundations is an 8-session classroom course that provides an overview of sponsored project regulatory requirements and related Columbia roles, responsibilities and policies.  The course is taught by Columbia subject-matter experts from key research-related offices across the University. 

  • Sponsored Projects Essentials

    Sponsored Projects Essentials is a 5-session classroom course that covers pre-award and post-award operational processes and requirements.  The course is taught by subject-matter experts from Sponsored Projects Administration and Sponsored Projects Finance.  Note: the Foundations course is a prerequisite for Essentials.

  • Review of Online Case Studies

    As a supplement to the in-person courses, trainees are required to review a series of detailed case studies related to the Responsible Conduct of Research for Research Administrators. Note: this course should be completed following Research Compliance Foundations.  The case studies are in Rascal TC0504.

  • Completion of Rascal Test

    Individuals interested in earning the Certificate are required to demonstrate mastery of the material by successfully completing a quiz in Rascal. Quizzes are campus specific for CUMC or Morningside/LDEO.  Note: the quiz should be completed following Research Compliance Foundations.

Timing:  There is no time limit to complete the requirements, but no certificate will be awarded until all requirements have been met.  Each classroom course is taught twice each year: Foundations in summer and winter, Essentials in spring and fall.  The online cases and quiz are always available.

Information: For additional information, please contact the Office of Research Compliance and Training, at RCtraining@columbia.edu

Sponsors:  The Certificate program is sponsored by the Office of Research Compliance and Training, in collaboration with Sponsored Projects Administration and Sponsored Projects Finance.