Sponsored Project Online Training
Sponsored Project Online Training (SPOT) is a series of online on-demand training offerings that resulted from a partnership between Sponsored Research and an advisory committee of representatives from various departments.
- SPOT courses are short (20-to-30 minute) interactive videos that introduce learners to key concepts in the sponsored project lifecycle and are designed for those who are new to research administration.
- Microlearning modules are short videos that address specific topics and help guide viewers through a process in more detail than a job aid.
All online offerings are presented via Northwestern’s digital learning platform, myHRLearn. Click on the course titles below to find out more and access registration links.
Note: Throughout Spring/Summer 2023 some SPOT courses may be temporarily unavailable as we update course content to align with CERES training and business process changes.
Introduction to Sponsored Research
Learning objectives: 1) Define sponsored research, 2) Explain why institutions engage in sponsored research, 3) Identify the players involved in sponsored research, and 4) Identify the sponsored project lifecycle phases
A Beginner's Guide to Sponsored Project Solicitations
Learning objectives: 1) Demonstrate how a solicitation provides guidance for developing a sponsored project proposal; 2) Critically evaluate a solicitation for eligibility and feasibility; 3) Identify main components of a solicitation and essential structural information; 4) Discuss supplementary information and how to acquire it
Proposal Development and Submission
This course is temporarily unavailable while it is being updated.
- Identify the standard administrative components required for all proposals.
- Understand how to fulfill internal Northwestern University and sponsor-based requirements to create complete administrative components.
- Understand how proposals are reviewed by the Northwestern Sponsored Research office and are submitted to sponsors.
Proposal Budgets 101
Learning objectives: 1) Define key terminology related to budgeting; 2) Explain how to calculate salary cost and fringe; 3) Explain how to chose the correct indirect rate and how to calculate indirect costs correctly; 4) Outline introductory strategies / process for budgeting
Proposal Budgets 102
Learning objectives: 1) Explore in greater detail topics introduce in Proposal Budgets 101, including revising a budget, selecting the correct F&A rate based on project type, and budgeting for special direct cost categories; 2) Introduce additional key budget terms and concepts
How to Read an Award Document
Learning objectives: 1) Identify key information in an award document; 2) Recognize the type of an basic features of the funding mechanism that has been awarded; 3) Be able to use an award document to determine the actions required to fulfill obligations to the sponsor
Setting up an Award
Learning objectives: 1) Define terminology relevant to award set-up; 2) Verify that all required elements are in order so that an award can be set up; 3) Understand with which offices and resources you will need to interact throughout the set-up process
Budget Management Basics: Projections & Reconciliations
Learning objectives: 1) Introduce the learner to relevant terminology and tools; 2) Provide an overview of the processes of budget projection and reconciliation; 3) Discuss the importance and relevance of budget management to administering a sponsored award
Award Closeout Basics
Learning objectives: 1) Understand the responsibilities of different participants in the closeout process; 2) Be able to access and use tools that facilitate closeout; 3) Identify the actions and documentation required for closeout to occur
Description: Learn how to complete the required administrative components and successfully develop and submit a “No Tears NRSA” application
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