LevelUP

Now available to NC State employees, free access to Society of Research Administrators International's LevelUP Micro-Credentialing Program. Developed by national experts, SRAi’s LevelUP curriculum is based on eight competencies of research administration designed to build foundations, increase knowledge, and add expertise in an engaging online format. These self-paced courses can be used to obtain CEUs, beneficial for CRA recertification.

How do I enroll?

If you are an RSC Listserv member, you have already been enrolled. Please check your email for individual login details.

If you would like to request access to the LevelUP program, please fill out this form:

LevelUP Access Request

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Why use LevelUP?

  • Grow your research admin skills
  • Build valuable knowledge for new research admin employees
  • Strengthen your expertise in new areas
  • Use as study materials for the CRA
  • Receive CEU credit for each module completed
  • Flexible learning with self-paced modules

LevelUP Modules

CEU: 4.5 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Describe the roles of key personnel and the organizational structures used in research administration.
  • Distinguish funding mechanisms.
  • Recognize the research administrator’s role in creating a strong proposal.
  • Summarize the role of the research administrator in financial and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Identify the purpose of eRA software.
  • Apply regulations and sponsor guidelines to aspects of budget development.
  • Describe key roles and responsibilities during the final review and submission phase.

CEU: 4.5 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Describe the general format, differences between, and the unique elements of each proposal type.
  • Advise a principal investigator (PI) on sponsor trends, requirements, and opportunities; grantsmanship style and resources; and project management parameters. 
  • Apply the review process to any proposal.

CEU: 3.75 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Create tools to identify and address critical gaps in the capabilities of institutions and individual applicants.
  • Assess which RDP activities are most appropriate for your institution’s needs and priorities.
  • Search, discover, and disseminate solicitations that align with investigator’s and team’s strengths.
  • Contribute to the development of a limited submissions selection process that benefits your institution.

CEU: 4.5 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Conduct a grant or contract review noting areas of potential issues.
  • Differentiate common legal agreements in terms of confidentiality agreements, budgeting, and key contract elements.
  • Define the purpose of common contract clauses including indemnification, publication rights, and intellectual property.
  • Recognize the key research offices and key personnel involved in award negotiation and set-up.
  • Describe how some clauses can adversely impact the institution or work performance.
  • Explain policies and procedures related to administering agreements.

CEU: 4.5 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Receiving and establishing an award
  • Award management
    • Expenditure review and monitoring
    • Subrecipient Monitoring
    • Sponsor invoicing and LOC draws
  • Financial Reporting
    • Regular federal reports (Quarterly Cash Transaction Reports, Annual Expenditure Data Reports)
    • Reporting of income generated by award activities
    • Final financial reporting and award closeout
  • Introduction to external audits

CEU: 3.0 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Describe the goals and the research administrator’s role in the research enterprise.
  • Explain how the federal government supports sponsored research projects through its agencies.
  • Differentiate the type of sponsors and the funding instruments used.
  • Recognize the types of recipient organizations who receive sponsored research projects.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of key players in the research enterprise.

CEU: 3.5 hours

Topics Covered:

  • Introduce learners to the compliance areas that are most commonly embedded in grants management.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the key principles of research compliance in grants management and grants congruency.
  • Emphasize the importance of these compliance areas for protecting participants, organizations, and the larger community.
  • Explore how adherence to these compliance touchpoints help contribute to an institutional culture of research integrity and sound financial stewardship.
  • Develop a foundation in institutional policies and procedures regarding research compliance and foster effective communication to institutional stakeholders.

CEU: 4.25 hours

The emphasis throughout the module is placed on the importance of protecting human subjects, their data, and the integrity of the research process.

Topics Covered:

  • Describe the history and regulations associated with human experimentation and the protection of human subjects in research.
  • Identify the institutional oversight and management requirements that ensure compliance for its programs involving human subjects research.
  • Understand the roles, processes, and responsibilities for research administration and management professionals conducting clinical research involving research participants during pre-study activities, study conduct, and study completion.

LevelUP mGuides

mGuides are condensed training modules with practical information to master a specific topic.  These guides can be completed in an hour or less and include links to complementary material. More mGuides will be added as they are made available.

CEU: 1.0 hour

Topics Covered:

  • Utilize the NIH resources for completing an annual RPPR.
  • Develop project management strategies for managing, developing, and submitting an annual RPPR.
  • Recognize the requirements and components of an annual RPPR.
  • Select appropriate data points in an annual RPPR.
  • Understand the sponsor’s perspective when receiving and reviewing RPPRs.
  • Apply key tips and tricks in an annual RPPR’s development and submissions.

CEU: 1.0 hour

Topics Covered:

  • Interpret a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
  • Manage the development of a proposal for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R Series Grant.
  • Prepare an NIH proposal budget.
  • Complete and submit an error-free NIH R Series application.