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E-ssentials eLearning Modules


Navigate: E-ssentials is a collection of self-paced eLearning modules available in My LINC covering a variety of topics related to research administration
at U-M.

The modules address common tasks, concepts, and business processes encountered throughout the sponsored project lifecycle. 

Navigate: E-ssentials also provide resources and job aids to assist research administrators with the successful management of sponsored projects.

Text-only transcripts are available for download from the eLearning modules.

A Certificate of Achievement is available in My LINC upon completion of a module.

Fundamentals of Research Administration Modules

These modules provide basic information that follows the workflow and business process of the sponsored research project lifecycle. 

    • Financial Monitoring - Primary U-M reporting systems to monitor project financial health, consequences of non-compliance. (20-30 min)
    • Award Modification - Provides an overview of common post-award changes, RTCs, and actions/ modifications. (10-15 min)
    • Cost Transfers - Provides an overview of cost-transfer guidelines, cost-transfer justifications, and the process for completing. (10-15 min)
    • Pre-Closeout Analysis - Analysis of common pre-closeout reports and general tips, strategies, and resources to assist you. (20-30 min)
    • Project Closeout - Builds on concepts in the Pre-Closeout Analysis module: analysis of Uniform Guidance and Financial Status Reports. (20-30 min)
    • Financial Status Report (FSR) - Information covered only in the Financial Status Report portion of the Project Closeout module. (10-15 min)

Additional Topics for Research Administration


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