Research Administration Program for Higher Education Professionals

The Research Administration Program is an online, 12-session program built for participants who want to move into research administration roles or who have recently begun a role in this field. Effective administrators can make impactful contributions to key research initiatives and learning the roles and responsibilities of research administration from pre- to post-award is crucial. The program will support administrators and assistants in beginning their careers in this field by teaching the core competencies recognized by several key professional organizations, including:

  • Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI)
  • integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV)
  • Research Administrator Certification Council Body of Knowledge National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

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2024-2025 Topics and Schedule 

This program is offered online in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 pm EST between September 11, 2024 and April 2, 2025. Participation in the program involves prior reading and completion of some pre-work as well as attendance at all sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a digital badge in research administration and a noncredit course designation on their academic transcript. 


  1. Introduction to Research Administration (September 11)
  2. Research Development and Creating a Proposal (October 2)
  3. Research Ethics and Compliance (October 16)
  4. Contracts, Confidentiality, and Data Use Agreements (October 30)
  5. Pre- and Post-Subawards (November 13)
  6. Research Management and Required Trainings (December 4)
  7. Patents, Intellectual Property, and Commercialization (January 22)
  8. Financial Management: Procurement and Cost Accounting Standards (February 5)
  9. Financial Management: Pre-Award Budgeting (February 19) 
  10. Financial Management: Post-Award Reporting, Financial Interest Reporting (March 5)
  11. Funding Sources (March 19)
  12. Communication and Decision-Making Strategies in a Research Team (April 2) 
  13. Supplemental module: Informational interviewing at UVA to learn more about the variety of roles in research administration
  14. Supplemental module: Research administration development plan
  15. For UVA Employees only: Supplemental module on “Navigating Workday for Pre- and Post-Award Tasks”

This is an exciting program from UVA at a critical time. With the increasing compliance complexity of sponsored research and the fast-paced growth of the profession, this program provides a sound foundation for those wishing to progress.

Stephen Cornelison


In order to earn the digital badge in research administration, participants must attend all sessions and complete the informational interview and research administration development plan modules. 


The cost of the full program is $2000 and can be funded using UVA Education Benefits. The first payment of $1000 is due in October 2024 and the remaining $1000 is due in January 2025. 

Applications will be accepted between January 2 - July 1, 2024. You will receive instructions by email on how to complete the registration process. 

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To learn more, please contact Alexa Jeffress, Director of Professional Programs:

This affordable and comprehensive program provides individuals with essential skills and knowledge, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic field of research and contribute significantly to the growth and success of the workforce.

Kayla Calvo
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