Training and Development

Research Administration (RATE) Classes

The UK Research Administration Training and Education (RATE) program is a comprehensive look at administering research grants, contracts and other sponsored projects at the University.  RATE starts with a basic overview of the research infrastructure and then proceeds into very detailed instruction on all aspects of research administration.  The program will explain policies and procedures for the entire life cycle of a project from looking for funding, submitting a proposal, award management to the closeout of the project.  RATE presenters will come from many different departments on campus to provide an in-depth analysis of their specific roles in the research administrative process. 

The main emphasis of this program is to take information that is currently held only in a few central offices and disseminate to the staff members who are managing research projects at the department and college level.  The program will provide not only information on the processes for administering research projects, but also the reasoning behind the process so that the department and college administrative staff can more efficiently manage their grants, better assist investigators in their area, and expedite the processing of requests and university forms through OSPA and SPA.

Participants must attend at least 15 classes to be eligible for the RATE Certificate. Once a participant has received credit for completing the required number of classes, they will be eligible to take the testing component that will require a minimum passing grade.  Once a passing grade is achieved on the RATE exam, the successful participants will receive a certificate signifying their completion of the program.

Class I: Introduction to Research Infrastructure
Class II: Submitting a Proposal
Class III: Preparing a Budget: Part 1
Class IV: Preparing a Budget: Part 2
Class V: Awards Receipt
Class VI: Cost Share
Class VII: F&A Rate/Service Center Management
Class VIII: Financial Management
Class IX: Cost Transfers
Class X: Cost Accounting Standards
Class XI: Awards Management
Class XII: Effort Reporting
Class XIII: Proposal Development Office
Class XIV: Introduction to Subaward Process/Monitoring
Class XV: Imprest Cash Accounts
Class XVI: Sponsored Project Audits
Class XVII: Office of Research Integrity

*PLEASE NOTE: RATE classes are through the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration. For additional information and questions, please contact Sean Scott by phone (859) 257-9420 or via email.

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