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Research Administration Training

Learn About the Research Administration Training Program.

This is a comprehensive enterprise-wide research administration educational certification program that establishes and maintains individual and organizational learning and knowledge about research administration topics, programs and systems. The program consists of five levels, four of which earn certificates:

  • RA Orientation: The Essentials
  • RA 1: The Basics*
  • RA 2: Intermediate*
  • RA 3: Experienced*
  • RA 4: Advanced*

*Eligible for assessment-based certificate

RA Orientation Essentials

The RA Orientation Essentials is a high-level introductory course and will give new research administrators an overview of the roles and responsibilities of campus offices, the award lifecycle, campus systems, vernacular and basic budget skills needed to build a foundation as an RA.

Target audience: New RAs (either to the job or the university) who have been in research administration for less than one year.

View the calendar for training opportunities. 

How to Read a Solicitation: Participants will be able to identify and interpret key pieces of information in a solicitation that addresses the key questions: who, what, where, when, why and how. From this information, they will develop a proposal checklist for their PIs.

The Toolbox: Systems, Tools & Resources: This entry-level course will introduce new research administrators to many of the tools, systems and resources used at UCSD. This class will name and review internal UCSD business systems. Participants will locate, identify and label key systems and resources and explain how to employ their use as research administration tools.

The Language of RA: The Glossary of Acronyms and Definitions: We will introduce employees who are new to research administration and/or UCSD to the vernacular unique to both UCSD and the field of research administration. Participants will review a glossary of commonly used terms and interpolate them into their professional vocabulary.

People: Building Relationships in the RA Lifecycle: This entry-level course will introduce new research administrators to the sponsored projects lifecycle and the importance of building relationships with the people in the internal UCSD offices. Participants will be able to name the four sponsored project offices and award office on campus as well as identify which offices and when to work with them when preparing proposals and managing awards.

Level 1: The Basics

 The RA Training Program Level 1: The Basics is the first in a four-part series. This course is designed to provide you with both the theory and practical application of concepts you will deal with on a regular basis. It starts with the fundamentals and builds upon itself as we take a comprehensive look at research administration that will serve as the foundation for your expertise. 

Target Audience: Entry-level professional with 1-3 years of experience who may need further learning in using professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity and developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. 

 Thank you for your patience as we redesign the delivery and implementation of this program. A notice will be sent out when training opportunities are added to the calendar. 

Level 2: Intermediate 

The RA Training Program Level 2: Intermediate is the second course in a four-part series designed to provide you with both the theory and practical application of concepts you will deal with on a regular basis. This course builds upon the fundamentals taught in Level 1 and takes a deeper dive into research administration skills. 

Target Audience: The course is designed for intermediate-level professionals with 3-5 years of experience and/or have completed Level 1. The individual is capable of making simple judgments for typical tasks, may need further learning with complex or unusual tasks, or may need improvements in speed and flexibility. 

Thank you for your patience as we redesign the delivery and implementation of this program. A notice will be sent out when training opportunities are added to the calendar. 

Level 3: Experienced

The RA Training Level 3: Experienced is in development.The course is designed for experienced RAs and will include analysis of case studies involving policy and complex issues as well as data, reporting and analytics.

Target audience: RAs with 5-7 years of experience

Thank you for your patience as we redesign the delivery and implementation of this program. A notice will be sent out when training opportunities are added to the calendar. 

Level 4: Advanced

The RA  Training Level 4: Advanced is in development. In this this advanced-level course, RAs will build and develop case studies to be presented and shared with others as a demonstration of subject matter mastery.

Target audience: RAs with 7+ years of experience

Thank you for your patience as we redesign the delivery and implementation of this program. A notice will be sent out when training opportunities are added to the calendar. 

For more information email ra-training@ucsd.edu