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Streamlined Training and Resource Tool (STaRT) on Award Financial Management

Learn about the Streamlined Training and Resource Tool (STaRT) and how to access it.

STaRT on Award Financial Management

The Streamlined Training and Resource Tool (STaRT) focuses on Award Financial Management topics. It is a comprehensive online tool providing knowledge to campus in support of the University's research mission. It is designed to:

  • Focus on topics related to sponsored research funds, contracts and grants from private, state, local and federal agencies*
  • Help individuals build competencies and increase knowledge in areas related to post award financial management with the overall goal of increasing overall efficiency and effectiveness in the daily administration of sponsored research
  • Identify and provide tools and systems that aid administrative staff
  • Reduce administrative burden and improve services for principal investigators
  • Adhere to regulatory compliance without compromising the ability to do outstanding research
  • Share best practices

*For questions related to non-SPF research funds, contact the central office that manages them.


  • Access the training and resource tool site anytime and anywhere to assist in the day-to-day post award financial research administration
  • Categorized by the post award financial management flow - from reading the Notice of Award (NoA), Fund Set-up, Award Management, Billing, Reporting to Closeout
  • Sections within the categories include the types of major agencies that UCSD receives funding from
  • Designed for both new and well-seasoned fund managers

To get specific information on your research fund, please access the Award Document Lookup Tool to view documents SPF has scanned related to any executed award within your department(s) in the BFS imaging system, iDocs. You may also contact your SPF Award Accountant.


STaRT was designed in partnership between the Office of Post Award Financial Services and research administration experts from all the three Vice Chancellor areas:

  • Chay Mendoza,  VCAA Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Janet Matsumoto, VCMS Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
  • Misuk Morales Pineda, VCAA Cognitive Science
  • Yvette Obando, VCHS Research Service Core (RSC)
  • Erika Wilson, VCHS Research Service Core (RSC)
  • Wella Garcia, Office of Post Award Financial Services (SPF)
  • Christina Gramatikova, Office of Post Award Financial Services (SPF)


  • Mark Cooper, Office of Post Award Financial Services (SPF)


For questions about the tool, email