Resources for Research Administrators

Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) offers an extensive program of workshops designed to help research administrators and business offices successfully work with faculty researchers to navigate the full research cycle, from finding and securing funding, negotiating contracts, and managing the award, to ensuring compliance with relevant laws and policies.

Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services, a unit of RII, facilitates a monthly Research Administration Forum for research administrators. 

RAMTALK is a listserv that notifies subscribers of training, events including the monthly RA forum, funding announcements, policies, and procedures. Sign up to the UA Research Admin (RAMTALK) email listserv for the latest announcements and communications. 

If you are interesting in having one of these workshops presented for your department or college, please contact the Research Training & Education Team at We can also deliver specialized training by request.

Browse the trainings we offer below or view a schedule of upcoming workshops. Please register for workshops in advance by clicking the title or through UAccess Learning.


Monthly UA Research Administration Forum

The objective of this forum is to bring campus and central research administrators together to create a community of peers that will meet, collaborate, and share best practices to support our faculty and the UA research enterprise. The forums often include primer training sessions for new research administrators. The forums are generally held the morning of the second or third Wednesday of the month. Register for the forums in UAccess Learning (class code 1523). 

Instructions on subscribing to UA listservs can be found here.

Shared Resources of the UA Research Administration Forum are available with your NetID login using Box.
To upload resources, send email to with the file to be uploaded attached.

Past forums and materials:

  • September 8, 2021 - Tracking Funding Status, Managing Project Changes and Preparing Prior Approvals; Effort Reporting Overview, Resources, and Routing Tips; UAccess Research Update/Introduction; SRA LevelUP Update; *FREE* Conferences, Seminars and Webinars (NSF, NIH, Animal Welfare)
  • August 11, 2021 - Biosketch and Other Support Document Requirements and Improper Influence; Subaward Payment Request Processing Requirements; SRA LevelUP Update; UAccess Research Update; Future Forum Dates
  • July 14, 2021 - Managing Fixed Price Projects; SRA LevelUP Update
  • June 9, 2021 - Sponsored Projects award/account setup and tracking process, notifications and timelines, partnership to speed up setup.
  • May 12, 2021 - FSO/SPCS Discuss Operational Advances; SRA LevelUP Update
  • April 14, 2021 - How to Present Budgets in Proposals and Award Negotiations with For-profit Sponsors
  • February 24, 2021 - Conflict of Interest at time of proposal, Subaward process and revised forms, zoom meeting best practices
  • January 20, 2021 - Associate Deans for Research Update, Principal Investigator Eligibility, Overdue Progress Reports, F&A Waivers, FDP Highlights,
  • December 16, 2020 - SPCS Techniques for an Efficient Proposal Routing Process
  • October 21, 2020 - Contracting, SBIR/STTRs & COIs, Insider’s Guide to ORCID and SciENcv
  • May 27, 2020 - Managing furlough plan effort on sponsored awards, Telework and Research Administrator Best Practices
  • February 19, 2020 - Managing Property Purchased on Sponsored Awards, NIH RPPR Discussion and Tools
  • January 15, 2020 - Export Control for Research Administrators
  • December 18, 2019 - UAccess Research and UAccess Financials Tips and Tricks
  • November 20, 2019 - NIH Primer, NSF Postdoc Survey, NIH Updates from November NIH Regional Conference, Postaward Expenditures Workshop
  • October 23, 2019 - Open Researcher and Contributor (ORCID) and Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), One year review of RA forum and survey for future.
  • September 18, 2019 - Research Gateway changes, General proposal checklist subgroup, NSF proposal checklist subgroup, NSF PAPPG, Stipends vs Payroll compliance, Federal purchases >10k, Proposal best practices discussion
  • August 21, 2019 - Federal Sponsors, Disclosure of Faculty Interests/Effort, & Foreign Influence, F&A Negotiation Status, Analytics Award Setup Status Report, Project FOCUS
  • July 16, 2019 - SPCS Contracting Process (Non-UAHS contracting)
  • May 22, 2019 - Supplemental Compensation on Grants. F&A rate agreements, F&A waivers, and F&A distributions.
  • April 17, 2019 - Hot topics in proposal budgeting and postaward expenditures. 
  • March 20, 2019 - Main Forum: NIH RPPR overview and dashboard tool, Grant Transfers, Q&A. Post Session: Intro to a sponsored projects and SPCS department overview
  • February 20, 2019 - Pre-session: Subawarding Intro and Basics. Main Forum: Research Data Services Overview. Subaward administration by departments discussion. Collaborative Q&A.
  • January 9, 2019 - Pre-session: Effort Reporting Intro and Basics. Main Forum: Effort Reporting by departments discussion. Collaborative Q&A.
  • December 5, 2018 - Pre-session: Cost Share Intro and Basics. Main Forum: Cost Sharing by departments discussion. Collaborative Q&A.
  • November 7, 2018 - NSF Sexual Harrassment policy discussion and review results from October forum and agree on logistics going forward. Collaborative Q&A.
  • October 9, 2018 - Inaugural Meeting. Group exercises to develop content ideas for future forums. Collaborative Q&A


Online Learning

UA has a license for the CITI Program course Essentials of Research Administration Training

  • Log in to CITI with your UArizona NetID and password, select "View Courses" for University of Arizona, then scroll to the bottom of the next page and select "Add a course." Enroll in the Essentials of Research Administration Course.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) offers a free online grants management training module

National Science Foundation Fall 2020 Training Series

National Institutes of Health Fall 2020 Training Series

National Council of Research Administrators (NCURA) Online Training

Following are recordings of previous NCURA workshops available to the campus community as a self-paced learning tool. When you click the stream link, please choose the sign in drop down option for UA NetID.

NCURA Publications:


University of Arizona online workshops:

Instructor-Led Workshops & Training

Following workshops are available to the campus community. 

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Please contact for personalized training for your unit. SPCS also delivers training in the monthly Research Administration Forum.


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Research Compliance & Ethics

Training & Workshops
Conflict of Interest
Export Control
Human Subjects Protection Program
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Health Information Privacy and Security
Radiation, Chemical and Biological Safety
Responsible Conduct of Research

Online Resources
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Committee on Publication Ethics (CORE)
The Office of Research Integrity

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