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Frequently Asked Questions


The Navigate program provides training and resources including instructor-led courses, e-learning, mentoring and other resources and job aids for the U-M research administration community. It is sponsored by the Offices of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and Finance - Sponsored Programs.

Please contact us at Much of what we offer is driven by feedback and suggestions from the U-M research administration community and we are always looking for volunteers to serve in varying capacities (trainers, content contributors, committee members, etc).

All members of the U-M research administration community are eligible. Some courses have additional technical or experiential requirements. View the course descriptions for specific requirements.

When a new course offering is announced, there will be a link to the application form on the course page. The course application differs depending on the specific course. Make sure to sign up to receive the RAP/RAPid newsletters to receive course announcements.

All Navigate instructor-led courses include a lecture component, experiential activities and networking opportunities. Participants are also given access to an accompanying Canvas course to access and download course materials, resources and job aids.  More information about each course can be found on the instructor-led courses page.

Navigate: E-ssentials is a collection of e-learning modules covering a variety of topics presented in other Navigate offerings. While they are very useful resources and provide an overview of variety of research administration topics, they are not meant as a replacement for attending the instructor-led sessions. A large portion of those courses involve discussion-based, experiential learning activities that are not included in the e-learning courses.

Course fees vary. Specific information can be found on the course description pages.

Most instructor-led courses require multiple, full-day commitments on the part of the participant, in addition to time outside of class to complete associated homework assignments. We must ensure that your supervisor is aware of and agrees to your full participation in the course and the time requried to participate.

View instructor-led course descriptions.

View Navigate: E-ssentials e-learning course descriptions.

View Lunch & Learn descriptions.

All course offerings are announced via the RAPid newsletter.

While Navigate courses are offered throughout the year, most are usually held in the Fall and Spring.  Instructor-led courses are usually offered two-three times per year.

Most instructor-led courses are held at Wolverine Tower. Lunch & Learn sessions are often held at various locations around campus.

All instructor-led courses are taught by highly-experienced U-M research administrators who have volunteered to teach on topics with which they have extensive knowledge/experience.

All Navigate courses are designed by a team of highly-experienced U-M research administrators in collaboration with instructional designers from the Navigate team.

We ask that you notify us as soon as possible if you are not able to attend a course in which you've been accepted. Participants are not charged until after the course begins. If you have to miss a day of class due to unforeseen circumstances, we can usually work with you to make up the session at a future offering.