Training & Development 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.

Logo for 2022 SRA International Western-Midwest Section Meeting in Phoenix Arizona

The SRA International Western and Midwest Sections are joining forces to present the 2022 Western-Midwest Section Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix from April 24-27, 2022. The Key Note Speaker is the University of Arizona's very own Hop Bailey of the Arizona Space Institute under Research, Innovation & Impact!

Two certificates, Introduction to Research Administration and Management and Research Development, are available at this Section Meeting in addition to four workshops and a full slate of concurrent sessions on everything from Pre-award Planning for Post-award Success and the NIH/NSF Updates to Managing Research Administrators Remotely and Copyright and Data. The full meeting schedule can be found here

Participants may register for pre-meeting workshops, the full meeting, and Monday only and Tuesday only options. Early bird registration continues through Friday, March 11.  Register here

Logo for NCURA 2022 Region 6 and 7 Regional Meeting in Tucson Arizona

NCURA Regions VI and VII are joining forces to present the 2022 Regions VI and VII 'Reconnect and Rejuvenate' Regional Meeting in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass from October 30-November 2, 2022, presenting a unique opportunity for professional development and growth in our own backyard!

Meeting planning is currently ramping up and NCURA Regions VI and VII are accepting Session Presentation Ideas and Session Presenters/Co-Presenters for concurrent and discussion sessions.

Additional information will be coming in the next few months and will be updated here as it becomes available. 

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.

January 12, 2022 Reminder of Timelines for UAR Update, Demo/Discussion of UAccess Research Changeover Routing and Approval Tool, Reminder of Training Resources and Opportunities January 2022 Slides Corrupted recording file. Video not available.    
February 9, 2022 NIH RPPR Internal Submission Process Update, Discussion of UAR System Update, SRA LevelUP Update, Announcements February 2022 Slides February 2022 Video
March 9, 2022 HSI/Minority Student Project Information Question, UAR Updates and General Tips for Proposal Routing, Discussion of UAccess Research System Update, Upcoming Development Opportunities March 2022 Slides  March 2022 Video
April 13, 2022

NIH Requirement for Certified e-Signature on Other Support Forms, Limited Submissions Overview, Award Account Setup Turnaround Times and Tracking Tools, UAR Update Discussion and Search Functionality

NOTE: You may see a yellow bar at the top of the April 2022 Slides .pdf that says "Multimedia and 3D content has been disabled. Enable this feature if you trust this document. If you wish to view the video of the Search Records functionality on slide 71, you will need to select "Trust this document" from the Options drop-down. 

April 2022 Slides April 2022 Video
May 11, 2022      
June 8, 2022      
December 8, 2021

Guidance for Proposals due over Winter Closure (and immediately after!), Proposal Routing Timelines for UAR Update, Demonstration of Proposal Tool for UAR Cut-over, Training Resources and Opportunities for UAR Update

December 2021 Slides

December 2021 Video
November 10, 2021 CANCELLED N/A N/A
October 13, 2021 UAccess Research Update/Introduction - Overview of new features, look and feel, walkthrough of how to create and navigate a proposal development document, Q&A; SRA LevelUP Update, *FREE* NCURA Webinar 10/25, *FREE* NIH Virtual Seminar 11/1-11/4 October 2021 Slides October 2021 Video
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) September 2021 Slides September 2021 Video                                            
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 August 2021 Slides August 2021 Video
July 14, 2021 Managing Fixed Price Projects; SRA LevelUP Update July 2021 Slides *Coming Soon!*
June 9, 2021 Sponsored Projects award/account setup and tracking process, notifications and timelines, partnership to speed up setup June 2021 Slides June 2021 Video
May 12, 2021 FSO/SPCS Discuss Operational Advances; SRA LevelUP Update May 2021 Slides *Coming Soon!*
April 14, 2021 How to Present Budgets in Proposals and Award Negotiations with For-profit Sponsors

April 2021 Slides

*Coming Soon!*
March 10, 2021 CANCELLED N/A N/A
February 24, 2021 Conflict of Interest at time of proposal, Subaward process and revised forms, zoom meeting best practices February 2021 Slides *Coming Soon!*
January 20, 2021 Associate Deans for Research Update, Principal Investigator Eligibility, Overdue Progress Reports, F&A Waivers, FDP Highlights, January 2021 Slides *Coming Soon!*
  • 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

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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) 

NCURA Online Training

Following are recordings of previous NCURA webinars made available to the campus community as a self-paced learning tool. When you click the stream link, please sign in with your UANetID, Password, and NetID+ authentication method.