FY2012 Research Administration Academy Spring Nominations

RCC announces the opening of the nomination period for the Spring Research Administration Academy (RAA). RAA has been developed specifically for grant managers with less than two years of grant management experience or grant managers that are new to grant management at Duke AND who have more than 50% grant management duties in their current job.  We invite supervisors to consider sending all individuals to RAA who may benefit from the sequential training that is the trademark of the RAA program.

RAA features hands-on training in a robust combination of federal compliance and basic grants management functions, and is taught in a progression of courses that take participants through the life cycle of a sponsored project.  Individuals with primarily clinical trial management duties will find RAA of value, but will likely require additional training through CRSO.

Please note:  RAA is a detailed training experience, and there will be time commitments up to two-three hours per week in addition to required attendance in every RAA class.  Mentors will be expected to spend time with their mentees during the out-of-class time to assist in the learning process.  Additional information is available online.

The nomination process for the FY2012 Spring Research Administration Academy begins today and all nomination forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2011.

A few points of interest:

  1. Spaces are limited. There are 24 spaces available.
  2. All pre-requisite classes must be completed prior to a nominee being submitted as a candidate. The nomination period is from November 10th – December 15th. Nominees will be notified by December 21, 2011. Program orientation will be held on January 10, 2012.   Exceptions may be made if the applicant provides documentation of enrollment/completion in a pre-requisite prior to the first day of RAA class.
  3. Participant/Supervisor contracts (pdf) must be signed and returned before a participant’s nomination can be confirmed.
  4. Each participant must have an assigned mentor or the application will not be accepted. The RAA program is designed to collaborate with the participant’s supervisor and mentor to ensure continuation of training in the department during RAA and after RAA graduation. For this reason, mentors will be asked to attend regularly scheduled meetings. Mentor expectations are located on the training webpage.
  5. Attendance in every class is required. RCC will accept a petition for missing a class based on compelling need(s), but reserves the right to terminate participation in the program for absenteeism.
  6. There is a proctored exit examination for RAA.  The final RAA grade is composed of 25% class project/average of tests taken after each class and 75% final exam.  Participants must achieve at least 80% in a combination of scores to graduate from RAA.
  7. RAA participants graduate during a special ceremony in the late spring each year.  RAA participants present their team projects during the graduation ceremony.

Please send completed nomination forms to RCC-Cert at duke.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim A. Fogg or visit our website.