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Navigate: Professional Development and Training Portal

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Navigate - Navigating research at the University of MichiganThe offices of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and Finance - Sponsored Programs have partnered to provide a collection of training opportunities and professional development resources for research administrators.

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.


Training Courses

Navigate: Fundamentals 

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 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (Ann Arbor)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Dearborn)

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 - Spring 2018

In Fall 2017, we piloted the first course in the Budgeting series for research administrators. 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 material was organized and presented in a way that was easy to follow and understand. The exercises were very helpful and reinforced what was being taught. Going through the spreadsheet was also helpful." - Anonymous

In Fall 2016, we piloted our Advanced Budgeting I course. This was a three-day intensive course for intermediate research administrators with two or more years of on-the-job experience.

Navigate: Advanced Budgeting II

In Fall 2017, we will pilot 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 

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Topic: Effort

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. 

Navigate: Research Administration Mentoring Program RAMP

Navigate: RAMP↑ - Fall 2018

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. 

Featured Videos

View our Video on Research Administration

View the Office of Research's latest video on Michigan Research at a Glance.



Below please find additional resources and tools for navigating research at the University of Michigan.

References and Resources

Other U-M Campus Workshops and Training

Professional Organizations & Certifications

  • Research Administrator Professional Associations A listing of opportunities aimed at helping Research Administrators stay informed and develop professionally.
  • aiM Higher Study Group aiM Higher is the University of Michigan guided and self-study program designed to assist research administrators in preparing for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam. 


For questions on Navigate and other training initiatives, please contact the Training Team at