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Navigate: Professional Development Portal

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.


Fundamentals: Navigating research administration at the University of Michigan

Navigate: Fundamentals

Dates for the September 2017 class will be available later this Summer.

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. Applications for the Spring 2017 class are now closed.

Navigate: Uniform Guidance Pilot Course

Navigate: Uniform Guidance Cost Principles

Dates for the July 2017 class will be available later this Spring.

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. Learn more about the Navigate: Uniform Guidance Cost Principles course and how to apply. Applications for the Winter 2017 class are now closed.

Navigate: Advanced Budgeting I Pilot Course

Navigate: Advanced Budgeting I - Not Currently Offered

"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 (2) or more years of on-the-job experience. We are not offering this in Winter 2017, but stay tuned for other related offerings.

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. 


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