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Certification & Workshops

Departmental Certification in Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs is committed to providing guidance to the university community on federal, state, and university policies and regulations for sponsored research. The Office of Grants and Contracts, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, and the Office of Foundation Relations have graciously partnered with us in this endeavor.

Learn more about OSP training opportunities.


  • Improve research administration service to faculty
  • Provide staff with training (and tools) for their role in grant administration
  • Increase assurance of compliance with state, federal, and university policies and procedures

The curriculum is designed for grant administrators in departments who do pre- and post-award functions. A Certificate in Research Administration will be given to candidates who successfully complete the required courses. The class work will include examinations to verify proficiency in research administration.

To complete the Certificate program, you must take the five core courses, plus you must select at least two electives. Courses may be taken in any order.

Core Classes

1. Proposal Preparation and Submission
This workshop covers general purpose preparation guidelines and processing procedures at Georgia Tech, including selecting potential funding sources, working with a contracting officer, preparation steps for the nonscientific portions of a proposal, and institutional forms and endorsements.

  • How to identify and categorize the different types of proposals
  • Sponsor structure, protocol, and practices
  • Introduction to electronic forms
  • Responsibilities of the PI
  • Steps of proposal submission and what constitutes an official proposal
  • Authorized Official information
  • Terminology

2. Public Responsibility and Research Commitments
This course leads the participants through research compliance topics as well as PI responsibilities. University and federal policies and procedures are discussed.

  • Compliance and assurances
  • Project integrity
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Conflict of interest
  • Research misconduct
  • Human subjects
  • Animal subjects
  • rDNA
  • Biohazards
  • Classified and proprietary work

3. Post Award Issues
This includes the completion and closeout requirements for sponsored project awards as well as how the account setup for a sponsored area/organization differs from state and local accounts.

  • Green sheets
  • Pre-award spending policies
  • Budget revisions
  • Award process
  • Basic agreements
  • Project implementation
  • Subcontracting
  • Project monitoring and control
  • GTCrossroads
  • No-cost extensions
  • Project closeout

4. Budgeting, Budget Justification, and Templates
Learn to develop a proposal budget and budget justification, while complying with Georgia Tech and agency policies.

  • Direct costs
  • Indirect costs, F&A, and overhead
  • Cost sharing
  • Budget justifications

5. Grants and Contracts Accounting
This course leads the participants through the actual management process for sponsored projects.

  • Establishing sponsored project accounts in the G&C system
  • Managing sponsored program activities
  • Monitoring sponsored program activities
  • Completion and closeout of sponsored programs


(Note: Not all electives are offered every semester)

  1. The federal circulars and the FAR
  2. Intellectual property and technology transfer
  3. Role of philanthropy and proposal writing
  4. Find funding
  5. NSF FastLane proposal preparation and project reporting
  6. Cayuse 424

To register for any of the classes, visit our online registration system. You will need your GT Account ID as well as your Kerberos password to access the system. All of these classes will be held in the Research Administration Building (RAB) at 505 10th Street, NW.


All of our workshops are free of charge and are available to all Georgia Tech faculty, administration, and students but aimed at those working in the research arena. Class sizes are limited, therefore registration is a must. We also offer individual training for both faculty and staff. We can tailor classes for specialized groups or time frames (i.e., faculty/staff meetings).