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RSH280: UFIRST Proposals

Instructors: Robin Barber and Lisa Stroud

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This course introduces UFIRST – the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool. In this training, you will learn how to use the University’s proposal routing system, which includes functions for entering proposal information, creating budgets, attaching supporting documentation and routing agreements and proposals to the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP).


RSH281: Grants.gov Submissions via UFIRST SF424

Instructor: Robin Barber

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This course covers how to develop and coordinate applications to Federal Grant Programs for submission via UFIRST to Grants.gov. It outlines how to create the SF424 Application Package from the UFIRST Proposal, import subawards, update the SF424 Application Package after changes have been made to the UFIRST Proposal, and notify DSP that the UFIRST Proposal and SF424 Application Package are ready for final review, approval, and submission to Grants.gov.


RSH282: UFIRST Awards

Instructor: Lisa Stroud

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This course focuses on the final phase of the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool: UFIRST Awards. UFIRST Awards is the official awards management system for the University. In this class, participants will learn about the functionalities of the new module, in addition to important awards management and reporting concepts.


RAFT Training Courses

RSH201 Finding Funding & Limited Opportunities

Instructors: Maura Pedersen

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This session will discuss services provided by the Division of Research Program Development, reveal resources for finding funding opportunities and discuss limited submission programs and the use of OppMan.


RSH202 Solicitation Review & Proposal Development

Instructors: Sarah Lardizabal and Marah Berry

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This session covers how to properly read a Solicitation and confirm proposals are developed in compliance with Solicitation. We will also review UF’s policies for research proposals and the overall proposal submission and approval process.


RSH203 Budget Development

Instructors: Sarah Lardizabal and Marah Berry

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This session will cover the steps to developing an accurate budget, including all budget guidelines and policies. Key terms will be defined, such as Direct & F&A Costs, Sub recipient, vendor, consultant, cost sharing and matching. We will also cover the impact budgeting has on effort reporting.


RSH204 Non-Fiscal Compliance

Instructors: Mike Mahoney and Terra DuBois

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This session will introduce the broad field of research compliance. We’ll discuss the major areas of compliance such as research involving human and vertebrate animal subjects, recombinant DNA, biohazards, and radioactive materials. We’ll also look at the role of the sponsored programs administrator in facilitating compliance and supporting the conduct of research.


RSH205 Awards: Negotiation & Setup

Instructors: Devin Perry and Cassandra Farley

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This session will cover the process after proposal submission through to the release of spending in the University’s accounting system.


RSH206 Cost Principles Advanced Topics

Instructors: Cassandra Farley and Tiffany Schmidt

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This session explains the principles of allowable costs, the distinction between direct and indirect costs, and the need for consistent treatment of costs.


RSH207 Effort Advanced Topics

Instructors: Stephanie Gray and Tiffany Schmidt

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This session provides a “deep dive” into the most important concepts related to effort, including effort commitments and cost sharing. We’ll also discuss managing effort throughout the life of a sponsored project. Finally, we’ll explore a variety of case studies and practical examples.


RSH208 Post Award Best Practices & Tools

Instructors: Conroy Smith, Ronda Breton, Terry Moore

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This session will cover the best practices of handling post awards, including the reconciliation process, managing PI meetings, reporting and using myInvestiGator.


RSH212: Post Award Overview

Instructors: Cassandra Farley and Terry Moore

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This session will cover how to accept Awards in UFIRST, initiate project costs, apply cost principles when charging costs throughout the award life cycle, review and monitor expenditures, and close out an award


Other Sponsored Programs Courses

RSH100 Sponsored Projects Overview (also a part of RAFT Certificate Requirements)

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

Sponsored Projects Overview is an introductory course designed to provide a “big picture” view of the University of Florida’s research enterprise. This session discusses UF’s mission with a special focus on the Research component. It also covers UF’s organizational structure, the role of the research administrator, and the importance of maintaining our “culture of compliance.”


PST130 Reconciliation

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

In this class, we introduce reports, tools, directives and recommendations for management of financial activities at the departmental level.


RSH200 FAR/Effort Reporting

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

This session provides a comprehensive overview of effort reporting and its related business processes, including the Faculty Assignment Report, sponsored research commitments and effort certification.


RSH220 Effort Fundamentals (also a part of RAFT Certificate Requirements)

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

This interactive session discusses the most essential concepts related to effort, including Total University Effort, committed effort and cost sharing. It also covers the activities that are allowable and unallowable on sponsored projects. This session requires completion of a graded final assessment.


RSH230 Effort Management (also a part of RAFT Certificate Requirements)

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

This session discusses the importance of managing effort throughout the sponsored research lifecycle – from proposing effort to managing commitments to certifying effort. This session requires completion of a graded final assessment.


RSH260 Cost Principles (also a part of RAFT Certificate Requirements)

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

This interactive session explains the distinction between direct and indirect costs, the principles of allowable costs, and the need for consistent treatment of costs.


RSH320 Human Subject Payments

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

The Human Subject Payments (HSP) module is used to register studies, record participant payments, and store human subject data in a confidential and secure central database. This training will introduce the HSP system and explain everything you need to know to get started.


DSR810 Financial Conflict of Interest

Available as an on-demand course through myTraining

A conflict of interest, in basic terms, is described as a situation in which a person serves or represents two distinct entities (or persons) or must choose between two conflicting interests. This course provides an overview of financial conflict of interest and answers to questions such as “Do I have To Be Paid for A Conflict to Exist?” and “How Do I Get My Outside Activity or Financial Interest Approved?