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Registration is now open for the Virtual Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects course!

The deadline for registration is March 19, 2021.

Budgeting Basics (Virtual)
Spring 2021


Day 1: April 6, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Day 2: April 14, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Optional Sessions:
  • April 20, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - noon (homework assistance)
  • April 27, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - noon (homework review)

Register by Friday, March 19, 2021

*Course Fee: Waived

*Billing the cost of this course is temporarily waived due to budgetary restrictions that Covid-19 may have placed on the schools/units/ departments.

Seats are limited to 20 participants. Registration is required.

Target Audience

The Navigate team is pleased to announce a new virtual offering of  Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects. We recommend this course for newer research administrators:

  • with approximately one (1) year of on-the-job experience 
  • who have minimal experience working with budgets for sponsored research proposals
  • who are proficient in using Microsoft Excel.
We will conduct the course virtually through two half-day Zoom sessions and two optional one-hour sessions for homework assistance and review.  Participants will also complete pre-class and homework assignments. All course materials will be available in Canvas.

Note: Participants who have attended the Navigate: Fundamentals course should not register for this course. The Fundamentals course content covers the concepts and materials included in Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects. 

Session Content

Based on class demonstrations and modeling, participants will apply basic techniques to build their own budgets, each with increasingly complex elements and attributes. Participants will engage in class walk-through demonstrations, discuss budget-building and problem-solving strategies typical in the context of proposal submission, and then work through reinforcing budget development homework assignments.

The course will include "laboratory" assistance and in-class debrief discussion. By the end of this course, participants will master three to four basic budgets for externally sponsored projects. They will also receive a collection of job aids and templates to use as a reference for building similar budgets in their own positions.

Requirements for Participation

  • Obtain your supervisor’s approval
  • Attend both Day 1 and Day 2 sessions
  • Complete all assignments
  • Complete a post-course evaluation
The registration deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Once the class is full, registrants will be added to the waitlist and notified if openings become available.

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Register for Navigate: Budgeting Basics
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