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Training in Research Administration Certificate (TRAC) Program

To promote excellence in support of research and sponsored programs administration on the NYU Washington Square campus, we are pleased to announce the “NYU Training in Research Administration Certificate (TRAC) Program.”

This two-tiered program, still in development, will include presenters from the NYU community as well as guest experts.

TRAC1 is the basic program and includes the modules below. A certificate and cash incentive will be earned following the completion of all 10 mandatory modules, with an accompanying quiz for most topics.  Modules may be taken in any order. If you have already attended workshops listed below, you may successfully complete a quiz and receive credit for that module.

TRAC2 is a more advanced program.  Topics to be included are listed below.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for professional development.  Workshops will be available for registration through NYUiLearn under the Research and Grants Administration category.


Ten mandatory modules

1.       Research Compliance 1 – Primarily Human and Animal Subjects

2.       Proposal Development Basics

3.       Budget Development

4.       Preaward Electronic Systems – Cayuse Overview

5.       Contracts 1

6.       Cost Sharing

7.       Overview of Sponsored Programs Administration Handbook

8.       Salary Cap Administration and T&E Reporting and Certifications [2-part module]

Part 1 - Salary Cap Administration

Part 2 - T&E Reporting & Certifications

9.       Allowability – including NYU business and travel expense policy

10.     OMB Circulars

Two optional modules

11.     Foundation Applications - Working with UDAR

12.     Finding Funding Opportunities


All modules must be completed.  Prerequisites are necessary as indicated.

1.       Research Compliance 2 – Conflict of Interest, Scientific Misconduct, Select Agents, Environmental Health and Safety,
          etc. (Prerequisite – Research Compliance 1)

2.       Award Transfers

3.       Contracts 2  - Focus on subawards (Prerequisite – Contracts 1)

4.       Audits 

5.       More on Electronic Systems – Commons, Fastlane, Others (US Dept of Ed, NEH, NASA)

6.       Project Management (Prerequisite – Overview of Sponsored Programs Administration Handbook)

7.       Federal Acquisition Regulations (Contracts 1)

8.       International Issues

9.       Export Controls

Completion Record

Modules completion checklist for personal use.  Each time you attend a workshop or pass a quiz, you can record the date(s) and retain for your record.

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