Training Digest: July 2017




Evaluations Required as of July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 (the start of the new fiscal year), evaluations must be completed to receive continuing education credit for attending a training/class.  After attending a class or training, please check the LMS for any training/class requirements, such as a quiz and/or evaluation, to make sure you complete what is required for earning continuing education credit.  The Learning Assignments tab for the training/class will include links to the quiz, evaluation, and any other items you need to complete.  Each will state if it is “Required” or “Optional.” 

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 each fiscal year to maintain certifications.  For example, a 3-hour class will provide 3 continuing education credits upon successful completion of the evaluation and/or quiz.  The Continuing Education webpage will be updated by July 1, 2017 to reflect these changes going forward, along with additional continuing education opportunities.

CRA Study Group Open for Application!

Due to high demand, the CRA Study Group will be available to Duke employees preparing to take the CRA Exam.  The study group consists of 8 2-hour long sessions and will begin on July 25, 2017.  CRA Study Group applications are due no later than July 21, 2017 to RCC at rcc-cert at  For additional information about this nationally recognized certification and the exam, please visit the Research Administration Certification Council (RACC) website or RCC’s Certified Research Administrator website.  Questions about the CRA exam or CRA Study Group can be e-mailed to Kristy Ford at at

The OSP Exchange:  Getting to Know Your OSP Partners

THE OSP EXCHANGE is a 1 hour dedicated session (quarterly) to share with our grants management partners. We will exchange with you tips, facts, and ideas! Each session will be based on a different topic to assist with your Post Award management needs. The OSP Exchange is an opportunity for you to determine the topics by making your requests to OSP on issues you would like to know more about – related to Post Award costing and management of sponsored funding at Duke. 

Our first Exchange brings to you an opportunity to hear helpful tips and facts about OSP’s Post Award responsibilities while snacking on some yummy treats! Make plans to join us now as space is limited, we will answer your questions and provide details on OSP’s roles. Hear specifically about the OSP structure and get the scoop on functional responsibilities of our central office- including billing and reporting, effort and subaward management, subrecipient monitoring and audit support.
For your convenience we are hosting two sessions in July at different campus locations:

  • July 19th , 2017, Erwin Square Room # 837, 11:00-12:00
  • July 25th, 2017, Fitzpatrick Schiciano Auditorium B 1466, 11:00-12:00

Register now through the LMS system.

If you have any questions or need additional information please email us at sponsoredprograms at or call (919) 684-5442.

New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has new tutorials available on their website to aid grant applicants through the process of preparing, writing, and submitting an application.  The four interactive tutorials are each between 4 and 11 minutes in length and allow users to move forward or backward through the tutorials as needed.  These tutorials can be accessed from the How to Apply webpage or by going directly to the Video Tutorials webpage.

You may also access the tutorials by visiting:  New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application

National Conference on College Cost Accounting (NACCA) 2017

The 2017 National Conference on College Cost Accounting (NACCA): Leading Excellence in Research Costing Practices is open for registration!  The annual conference will be held October 2, 2017 – October 5, 2017 in Bethesda, MD.  Register by September 1, 2017 to get the early bird discount!  For further information or to register, please visit the NCURA website.