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Upcoming Navigate Offerings:
- Fundamentals - Winter 2018
- Uniform Guidance
- Budgeting Basics - Summer 2018
- Advanced Budgeting I - Summer 2018
- Advanced Budgeting II - Summer 2018
- Lunch and Learn - Spring 2018
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A number of new initiatives will come under this new program, including instructor-led courses, mentoring and other resources, and job aids. We plan to continue building a suite of training programs that will include many pre- and post-award topics. Training for the research community will be prioritized based on our extensive research and survey feedback.
March 14, 2018 - June 7, 2018
The Navigate: Fundamentals course is offered to U-M research administrators early in their research administration careers (zero to about two years of working experience). The course consists of seven full-day instructor-led sessions, with capstone projects to demonstrate success. The cost will be $400 to attend. Learn more about the Navigate: Fundamentals course, and review our Frequently Asked Questions.
Navigate: Uniform Guidance Cost Principles
The Navigate: Uniform Guidance Cost Principles course is recommended for new or seasoned research administrators involved in the pre- and post-award management of federally sponsored research projects. This course will focus directly on the Uniform Guidance (UG) Cost Principles. The cost will be $95 to attend.
Navigate: Budgeting Basics
We piloted the first course in the Budgeting series for research administrators last Fall 2017. Budgeting Basics will provide research administrators (RAs) with a hands-on experiential class covering additional real-life scenarios encountered by RAs in their work.
Budgeting Basics is recommended for newer research administrators:
- with approximately one year of on-the-job experience
- who have minimal experience working with budgets for sponsored research proposals
- who are proficient using Microsoft Excel
Navigate: Advanced Budgeting I
The learner will engage and participate in class walk-through demonstrations, discussion of budget-building and problem-solving strategies typical in the context of proposal submission, and then work through reinforcing budget development homework assignments. Budget attributes which will be included in this budgeting course include:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2-year, $315K) and Department of Transportation (DoT) (multi-year, < $1M) budgets for sponsors with mixed effort/appointments in budgets including 12-month, U-Year, VA, and pool (with SVH) appointments;
- Multiple methods of fringe rate calculation based on sponsor requirements and appointment types;
- Conversion of effort from percent (%) effort to loaded labor hour(s);
- Loaded Labor rates included on a task-based, multi-year budget with a base budget period and option years; and,
- Simple cost sharing.
Navigate: Advanced Budgeting II
In Fall 2017, we piloted the second course in the Advanced Budgeting series for intermediate research administrators with two or more years of on-the-job experience. Advanced Budgeting II will provide research administrators (RAs) with hands-on, an experiential class covering additional real-life scenarios encountered by RAs in their work, including:
- projects without a solicitation or guidelines,
- complex internally funded projects,
- internal cost share, PIs from multiple departments across campus,
- Department of Defense (DoD) budgets.
Navigate: Lunch & Learn Series
The Navigate: Lunch & Learn series is open to all members of the research administration community. There is no cost to attend. During the sessions, we will provide a basic overview of a topic and discuss its importance as it relates to the research administration community.
The Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP matches mentors who have at least five years of research administration experience with mentees who are relative newcomers to the field, with approximately six months to about two years of research administration experience at the University of Michigan. Applications for the Fall 2018 cohort will be made available in June/July 2018.
View our Video on Research Administration
View our Video on Michigan Research at a Glance
View our Video on Effort
Below please find additional resources and tools for navigating research at the University of Michigan.