Training Digest: May 2017




QuickStart Program Now Available!

The QuickStart program is now available for self-registration in the LMS and is designed for those who are new to research administration or new to research administration at Duke. This introductory program includes 4 online modules that participants may complete at their own pace, followed by an in-class capstone forum. The online modules include companion resources and references, or Toolpak items, throughout that may be downloaded and/or printed, as well as Knowledge Checks to reinforce learning. On the QuickStart webpage you will find an Onboarding Guide to assist the employee and supervisor with recommended training during the first 90 days of hire in a research administration position at Duke.

REMINDER: FY17 Management of Selected Post Award Issues (MSPAI) Required by 6/30/2017

All employees in a Grants & Contracts or Research Administration position or have RCC, RAA, AGM, RAI, and/or FCC Certificates are required to complete the Management of Selected Post Award Issues class every fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). This mandatory class provides important updates to policies, procedures, regulations, and training information that effect grant/contract management at Duke. Attendees must also pass a quiz with at least 80% to receive credit for successfully completing the FY17 MSPAI.

To register for FY17 MSPAI, click here.

Deadline to Complete Continuing Education Requirements on 6/30/2017

All RCC, RAA, AGM, RAI, and FCC certified employees must complete the continuing education requirements for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) by June 30, 2017. FY17 continuing education requirements include the FY17 Management of Selected Post Award Issues (MSPAI) and 4 other continuing education credits, which can be earned in various ways. Individuals who earned a RAA, AGM, RAI, or FCC Certificate during FY17 (7/1/2016-6/30/2017) are required to only complete FY17 Management of Selected Post Award Issues (MSPAI) in order to maintain his/her certification(s). Please review the continuing education requirements for further details.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Research Administration Academy (RAA)

Research Costing Compliance is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 cohort of the Research Administration Academy (RAA). The RAA certificate program provides basic training for all Research Administration positions at Duke and features fundamental concepts in compliance and Duke processes and procedures.

To apply to the Research Administration Academy (RAA) certification program, the RAA Application must be completed and signed by the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor. The applicant must complete all pre-requisites listed on the application prior to applying.  The applicant’s supervisor must initial the application verifying that the applicant has access to required systems. Access to these systems is necessary for full participation in the program and successful completion. Please submit completed RAA Applications to Research Costing Compliance at rcc-cert at The application deadline is July 7, 2017.

For further information about the Research Administration Academy certificate program and how to apply, please visit the website.

New Required Pre-requisites for RAA Program

The pre-requisites for the Research Administration Academy (RAA) have been revised to better prepare RAA candidates for program content. The pre-requisites should all be completed prior to submitting your RAA Application. The required pre-requisites for the upcoming cohort include:

  • Introduction to SAP
  • Introduction to Duke Accounting and Business Practices – Duke University and School of Medicine
  • Introduction to Duke General Ledger Accounts – Research Administration
  • SAP University Reporting: Sponsored Projects
  • QuickStart Program

Employees must also have access to the following Duke systems:

  • Sponsored Project System (SPS)
  • SAP
  • Grant Management tab in Duke@WORK

Continuing Education Credit Changes as of July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 (Fiscal Year 2018), RCC continuing education credits will be measured on an hourly basis to equal the number of hours in length of the class/training. With this change, certified individuals will be required to complete 15 hours of continuing education to maintain certifications. For example, a 3-hour class will provide 3 continuing education credits upon successful completion of the evaluation and quiz. The Continuing Education webpage will be updated by July 1, 2017 to reflect these changes going forward, along with additional continuing education opportunities.