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Applications and information about our next Navigate: Fundamentals course are now available and are due July 18, 2016.

The Navigate: Fundamentals course will be made available again in fall 2016 for up to 30 U-M research administrators with zero to about two years of working experience. It will consist of eight full-day instructor-led sessions between September and December 2016, with capstone projects to demonstrate success. Supervisory approval and application acceptance is required. Interested parties must apply by July 18, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Attendance at each session is mandatory. Interested parties should save the dates. In situations of inclement weather or closures, alternate sessions will be announced.

Research administrators work with difficult business, compliance, and financial challenges, and often undertake them with little or no experience. Providing excellent training for new research administrators is integral to reducing faculty and administrative burden.

Fall 2016 Training Schedule
Location: Wolverine Tower
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Day 1: Wednesday, September 28
  • Day 2: Wednesday, October 12
  • Day 3: Wednesday, October 19
  • Day 4: Wednesday, November 2
  • Day 5: Wednesday,  November 9
  • Day 6: Wednesday,  November 16
  • Day 7: Wednesday, November 30
  • Day 8: Wednesday, December 7

A course fee of $400 will be charged to the participant’s department once a confirmation to attend the course is complete. Participants who attend all sessions and successfully complete the course requirements will receive a certification of completion.  

How to Apply

  • Submit a completed Course Application form and professional resume by July 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Obtain supervisor approval (see Supervisor Requirements).
Applicant Requirements
  • Be new to research administration (zero to about two years of working experience in research administration).
  • Commit to satisfy all requirements of the course (see Selected Participant Requirements below).
Supervisor Requirements
  • Ensure the applicant/participant will be permitted time to attend all eight full-day, instructor-led sessions.
  • Submit completed Supervisor Statement of Support form by July 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Support the participant with tasks assigned in between sessions, including in-person meetings as necessary.
  • Participate in training evaluations.
  • Attend an in-person orientation meeting in September 2016.
  • Agree to pay the course fee of $400 per participant.
Selected Participant Requirements
  • Attend all eight full-day, instructor-led sessions.
  • Complete all assignments in between sessions.
  • Complete two capstone projects.
  • Participate in program evaluations.


Learn more about the Navigate: Fundamentals Course!

About the Pilot Navigate: Fundamentals Course

The offices of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and Finance - Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce that our Navigate: Fundamentals pilot course completed in Spring 2016 with rave reviews! The course was offered to  newer U-M research administrators with less than 12-months of experience and consisted of seven full-day instructor-led sessions (four in the fall, three in the winter), culminating with a capstone project to demonstrate success. 

The pilot cohort participants included research administrators from colleges, schools, and units on campus (picture below). Twenty-five individuals earned Certificates of Completion.

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