Self-Study Webinars

RAS provides self-study webinars for participants to learn at their own pace. Offerings include courses developed by RAS, as well as webinars created by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). MIT authentication is required to view webinars.

In addition to self-study webinars, RAS also hosts regular trainings and other events on Zoom. View all upcoming trainings or browse the webinars below to see recordings of recent events.



  • This training is provided to inform MIT researchers about the most recent updates to NIH disclosure and reporting requirements, as well as the tools and resources that MIT has put into place to assist researchers in complying with these requirements. View on Atlas


Research Administration Practices (RAP)

Recent RAP sessions are available as Atlas courses. For RAP sessions hosted in previous semesters, visit the RAP page. 

  • Note: Sponsor Reqs. Certification and COI learning covers financial Conflict of Interest topics spanning the life cycle of a sponsored program and is offered via two RAP sessions. Please also register for part 2: Sponsor Reqs. Certification and COI 2 (you will receive credit for two courses).

    MIT’s financial Conflict of Interest policy helps ensure that MIT researchers and the Institute are in compliance with federal regulations and sponsor requirements. The Kuali Coeus (KC) COI sponsor hierarchy determines financial Conflict of Interest disclosure requirements applied to Investigators and Key Personnel during the life cycle of a sponsored program. Learn more about COI requirements and processes during the lifecycle of a sponsored project and who plays a role.  View course on Atlas or view slides


  • Vacation is an employee benefit for eligible employees at MIT. Whether you are creating a budget for proposal submission or managing and tracking post-award expenses, it is essential to understand the vacation cycle process and relevant policy. View course on Atlas or view slides

  • The RAS Liaisons for NSF offer important information on recent or planned changes to the Foundation’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), including proposal submission methods, forms, and required disclosures. Resources from NSF and RAS are provided as well as best practices and tips. View course on Atlas or view slides

  • We welcome all research administrators to join us for the Research Administration Practices (RAP) session on "NIH Proposal Resources and Updates". Come meet with your peers and colleagues in research administration as we discuss available resources and new updates coming from the Agency. View course on Atlas

  • NSF has set a target date of December 31, 2022 for transitioning from Fastlane to Some solicitations already require submission through Research.Gov (information can be found in specific solicitation). Please join us to learn more about NSF resources, RAS guidance, and DLC Research Administrator experience using View course on Atlas or view slides

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Kuali Coeus (KC) eLearning Courses

The Kuali Coeus (KC) Learning Bundle offers eLearning courses available anytime for individual self-study. Some may be prerequisites for Kuali Coeus Virtual Classes.

  • Instructions, resources and guidance on basic KC navigation, Lifecycle of an Award at MIT, gathering necessary proposal information and searching for proposals. View on Atlas

  • Instructions, guidance and exercises for creating and routing a proposal. View on Atlas

  • Instructions, guidance and exercises for Budget preparation in KC, including Summary, Detailed and using Single Point of Entry. View on Atlas

  • Instructions and guidance for navigating KC Award tabs to find Sponsor award terms including start and end dates, obligated and anticipated award totals, terms and conditions, required reports, their due dates and more. View on Atlas


NCURA Life Cycle of the Award Series

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) developed the Life Cycle of the Award video webinar series for grant managers and research administration personnel seeking professional growth opportunities.

  • The Proposal Development video webinars cover the essentials of proposal development from inception through submission.

    Download workshop document: Proposal Development Workbook [PDF]

    • Part I begins with begins with proposal planning and review of the project and the application requirements. View on Panopto
    • Part II continues with a session on the budget and justification and is completed with a session on preparation and submission. View on Panopto
    • Part III includes discussion of proposal planning, logistics, financial and compliance considerations. View on Panopto
  • If preparing a budget for your grant or contract is daunting for you, learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. We also need to ensure that we have the funds needed to complete the project successfully and do not to leave resources on the table.

    • Part I begins with policies for different sponsor types, direct and indirect costs including salaries and fringe benefits costs. View on Panopto
    • Part II continues with budget categories Equipment, Supplies, Travel, Other direct costs and services. View on Panopto
    • Part III concludes with subaward/subcontract costs, Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs and Other Specialty Costs. View on Panopto
  • The Award Negotiation and Acceptance webinar series focuses on negotiating with a sponsor, identifying problematic contract terms and conditions, and navigating solutions that will satisfy both your sponsor and your institution.

    Download workshop document: Award Negotiation and Acceptance Workbook [PDF] 

    • Part I discusses general negotiation and contracting principles and addresses concerns that may influence how you approach a contract negotiation. View on Panopto
    • Part II addresses how Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) operate, FAR clauses that require special attention, and when FAR clauses may have alternatives that are more acceptable to universities. View on Panopto
    • Part III focuses on contracting with private sector and international sponsors. View on Panopto
  • The Award Monitoring/Management webinars focus on award management strategies and techniques for research administrators tasked with financial oversight of sponsored awards.

    Download workshop document: Award Monitoring/Management Handouts [PDF] 

    • Part I begins with what to look for during award initiation that may impact budget management during the award. Burn rate and projections are also discussed. View on Panopto
    • Part II continues with a review of perennial hot topics such as cost transfers, subaward monitoring, cost sharing and effective and efficient award close outs. View on Panopto
  • The Compliance webinars cover the basics of institutional committee review for biosafety, human research participants, and animal research, as well as export compliance, conflict of interest, and research misconduct.

    Download workshop document: Compliance Workbook [PDF] 

    • Part I begins with the role of compliance regulations and policies to ensure scientific integrity and public trust. True-life examples will highlight the importance of knowing where to find expertise and resources at your institution and beyond, creating a “compliance network.” View on Panopto
    • Part II focuses on animal subjects in research, research and biological safety, regulatory oversight, conflicts of interest, and building a culture of compliance. View on Panopto