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Department Administrator Research Training

OSP's Departmental Administrator Research Training (DART) courses are designed to give each new research administrator a solid foundation in regulatory principles and best practices, as well as provide practical instruction and guidance in navigating the many forms, policies and procedures related to management of sponsored projects.

This program is intended for:

  • Anyone interested in submitting a proposal through the University of Utah to an external funding source
  • Staff members with less than one year of experience in research administration and/or sponsored project administration
  • Anyone who would like a review of or an OSP-perspective on sponsored projects

DART courses are bundled into a self-paced certificate program. The program combines online modules with instructor led lectures, workshops, and labs. We recommend completing the courses within one year of hire into a position that involves proposal development and/or any aspects of pre- or post-award management.


Cost Principles:

  • Module 1: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards
  • Module 2: Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Fundamentals:

  • Module 1: Overview
  • Module 2: The Grant Life Cycle
  • Module 3: How to Complete an Application in Cayuse 424

Proposal and Budget Preparation:

  • Module 1: Components of a Proposal
  • Module 2: Developing and Preparing the Budget
  • Module 3: Writing the Budget Justification
  • Module 4: Special Approvals, Submitting the Proposal and Planning Review

Grant and Award Management:

  • Module 1: The Award Process
  • Module 2: Issuing Subawards and Subrecipient Monitoring
  • Module 3: Award Modifications, Extensions and Closeouts
  • Module 4: Award and Principal Investigator Transfers

After you complete all the required courses, associated final tests, and companion workshops you will earn your certificates. DART courses will be available through the Bridge LMS in winter 2017. If you haven't already, watch the Introduction to Bridge.  If you would like to be pre-enrolled in this program, please email Laurel Duncan and provide your uNID and University email address.

Last Updated: 7/25/17