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RAFT — Research Administration & Financials Training

The Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants offer a variety of training and professional development opportunities that provide research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

RAFT Cohort

The UF Research Administration and Financials Training (RAFT) Cohort is intended for employees with 12 months or fewer of grants management experience. The cohort is a classroom series that introduces all aspects of sponsored programs management at UF. In addition, the RAFT Cohort seeks to foster peer relationships within the grants community. Each cohort is limited to a minimum number of participants to ensure networking and relationship building. Participants who successfully complete the series receive a certificate of completion.

The Spring 2020 RAFT Foundations Cohort application window is now closed.  Fall 2020 RAFT Foundations Cohort application window will open in the fall.  Notice will be sent via listservs and http://raportal.research.ufl.edu.

RAFT Training Classes

RAFT training classes help to grow the skills of research administrators and other staff who support sponsored research and extension at UF. The series features monthly classes covering a range of topics across sponsored programs management. Enrollment is now available in the myTraining system.

To view class listings, please refer to the Sponsored Programs course catalog.

RAFT Forum

The Research Administration & Financials Training (RAFT) forum is designed to create a bridge between the core offices and the UF research community. These sessions cover special topics of interest, while also providing an open channel for solutions, contacts, and information targeted to the needs of UF sponsored programs. No registration is required. If you are not able to attend in person, join us using the live meeting link just below.

Important: A visitor parking permit is required in order to park in the lot behind the HR building or in the HR overflow parking lot, even for vehicles with a valid UF parking decal. Visitor parking passes are available at the HR Front Desk Service Center. Overflow parking is available in the parking lot located in the Northwest corner of SW 2nd Ave and SW 10th St—directly south of Infinity Hub.

Previous Meetings

Date Topic Location Time View PPT
6/11/2019 Outside Activities & Financial Interests in Sponsored Programs Communicore C1-11 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
11/5/2018 Clinical Research & HSP Communicore C1-11 2–4 p.m. Watch online
10/12/2018 Information Security McKnight Brain Institute 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
11/28/2017 Faculty Life HRS 120 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
8/31/2017 Intellectual Property 101 HRS 120 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
7/24/2017 Research Terms & Conditions HRS 120 10 a.m.–noon Watch online
5/2/2017 Effort HRS 120 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
4/14/2017 UFIRST Awards HRS 120 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
11/30/2016 Export Controls HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
10/12/2016 Effort HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
9/7/2016 Hiring and Paying Fellows HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
4/19/2016 IRB / IACUC HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
3/29/2016 Reporting HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
2/12/2016 Cost Sharing HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT