Training for Research Administrators
As the University of Southern California has grown to become one of the world’s leading private research universities, so too has the need to provide training and support to those involved in the field of research administration.
The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) is responsible for assessing and addressing the training needs of all USC employees who work in contract and grant development. We are committed to providing the knowledge, tools, and guidance necessary for the USC research community to successfully carry out their sponsor endeavors.
Office Location and Contact
Contact: Noah Congelliere
Address: 3720 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0701
Phone: (213) 740-7392
The Cardinal & Gold Curriculum
The C&G (Cardinal and Gold) Curriculum is a comprehensive online training program developed to meet the needs of today’s evolving research environment. Our training program allows participants to:
- Develop Greater Competency
- Increase Efficiency
- Improve Compliance According to USC and Sponsor Requirements
Instructional courses have been designed to foster an interactive learning environment while embracing new technologies and processes. Moreover, the certification program ensures a standard level of expertise among those who support the research endeavor at USC.
Who Can Benefit from the C&G Curriculum?
C&G Curriculum is a valuable resource for administrative or other support staff working at a program, department or dean’s office level. All university employees whose responsibilities bring them in contact with any aspect of contracts and grants will benefit from attendance.
C&G Curriculum Description
The C&G Curriculum consists of four core courses and seven optional courses offered through Trojan Learn, USC’s new university-wide online learning and development platform. Participants may enroll in as many courses as they choose. Each course lasts from one to three hours and makes use of real life scenarios, case studies, course discussion and review exams.
It is not necessary to complete the classes in any particular order, however, we recommend that all students take Fundamentals of Research Administration to learn the basic terms and definitions associated with research administration. The program is not mandatory, however, it is highly recommended to those involved in the academic research community.
How Do I Sign Up for the Curriculum?
Signing up for the C&G Curriculum is simple:
- Point your browser to the Trojan Learn portal and log in using your USC ID.
- In the search bar on the upper-right portion of the screen enter “C&G Curriculum” and click search.
- The C&G Curriculum will show up in your search results along with a button next to it that says “Request Training”.
- Click the “Request Training” button and the C&G Curriculum will automatically be added to your My Transcript module.
From your My Transcript module, you can launch the C&G Curriculum and take the offered courses.
Earn a Certification!
Participants who wish to earn a Certificate in Research Administration will be required to take a total of six courses: four core courses and any two optional courses. Certificates (and a small gift from DCG) are sent out at the end of every month to students who have completed the program.
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Grants Management Education Program
All principal investigators, co-investigators and research administrators listed on the Proposal Approval Record (PAR) or requesting expenditure authority on a sponsored project account must complete one of the two courses offered as part of the Grants Management Education Program in order to obtain access to sponsored projects funds or the budget administration system. Investigators and staff may choose to complete either the biomedical or bioethical component that is most relevant to their respective job responsibilities.
To enroll, please visit The Office of Compliance.
- ABOVE REPROACH: ETHICAL CONDUCT IN RESEARCH
- A course that emphasizes research integrity issues, such as conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, peer review, data management and mentoring, which will be available online
Important Note: Investigators and staff must complete the course before the funds are awarded for both new and existing awards from the sponsor; at that time: (1) the Department of Contracts and Grants will establish an account on new awards; (2) the Department of Contracts and Grants will provide access to new or incremental funds on existing awards; and (3) Financial Services Administration will provide access to the budget administration system on both new and existing awards. Researchers and staff will have between the time the proposal is submitted and the award is made to fulfill this requirement.