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This series is designed specifically for those involved with the administration of sponsored programs, processes and requirements. For questions, contact

To complete this Learning Program, you must register for and complete each course in the series, and courses are divided into two tracks: Novice and Advanced.

Track 1: Session 02: Novice – Proposal Submission, Review, and Acceptance

This course provides detailed information about the proposal submission process at Washington State University. Agency requests for proposals, application kits and physical requirements of the proposal are explained. Internal policies and procedures of the Office of Research Support and Operations are also described, along with a detailed discussion of the REX form and its critical elements. Information regarding award review and acceptance is also included.

Track 1: Session 03: Novice – Budgeting for Sponsored Projects

This course defines sponsored projects and explains how they differ from other activities. The focus of the class is the allowability of costs, with an emphasis placed upon the Uniform Guidance (UG) and direct costs vs. facilities and administrative costs. Also included are specific aspects of estimating costs, cost categories, types of budgets and opportunities to practice basic budget exercises.

Track 1: Session 09: Novice – Research Compliance Overview

This course provides an overview of the major regulations that affect research at Washington State University. Topics include human subjects, biological materials, animals, conflicts of interest and export controls. Discussion will also include Presidential Committees that oversee these areas of research. Finally, an overview of other offices and resources are presented for assistance with successful research.

Track 1: Session 10: Novice – Subcontracts

What’s the difference between a subaward and services contract, and how do we determine which one to budget for at proposal stage? Come learn about managing subawards at all stages, why they’re important, and how to follow WSU process for compliant contracts. Subawards take keen coordination between the departments, ORSO, and SPS – so bring your questions to this interactive session.

Track 2: Session 01: Advanced – Understanding Facilities and Administration Costs

This course provides insight into the purpose and use of facilities and administrative costs charged to sponsored projects. It addresses the importance of collecting those costs and WSU’s policy on exceptions to sponsors. Additionally, how WSU’s rate was derived, how it is distributed back to areas, and the options that areas have once they receive distributions are described.

Track 2: Session 05: Advanced – Audits and Audit Issues

This session of WSU’s award administration series describes the types of audits and auditors that may engage work at WSU. Highlighted are functions and activities that are at higher risk of audit focus and tips on departmental protection. Learn the basics of internal controls and your role in an effective internal control environment and how to prepare for a positive audit.

Track 2: Session 06: Advanced – Research Misconduct Overview and Prevention

The goal of this course is to prevent research misconduct from occurring through awareness training and providing resources to researchers. Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious deviation from commonly accepted practices in the relevant scientific community for proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. This class will define the process, as described in Executive Policy 33, provide scenarios, discuss limits of scope, common pitfalls, and tools to prevent inadvertent or unintentional research misconduct. All individuals involved in research, including faculty, staff, and research administrators, are encouraged to attend.