Research Administration Practices (RAP)

Targeted, skills-based educational offerings in a class/workshop style that includes participation from departmental administrators, RAS, VPF and VPR as subject matter experts.

Upcoming Events

View the next RAP sessions on the Upcoming Trainings and Events page. 

RAP Sessions on Atlas

Select RAP sessions are available as Atlas courses. 

  • SciENcv is a free web-based tool that produces approved formats for the NIH and NSF Biographical Sketch documents and the NSF Current and Pending (Other) Support. For NSF proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023, SciENcv is mandatory for all Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending (Other) Support. will generate a compliance error if a proposer or grantee attempts to upload a prior version of either document.

    In preparation of this change, it is encouraged to begin using SciENcv prior to the implementation deadline. Please join your colleagues to review the following and see a demonstration of SciENcv and ORCID: 

    • Log into SciENcv using ERA Commons, NSF Account, or MIT Kerberos. Users who link their eRA, NSF, or ORCID accounts can populate SciENcv with information stored in their profiles.
    • NSF and NIH encourage use of ORCID—Open Researcher and Contributor iD—a Digital Persistent Identifier (PID) that meets NSPM-33 criteria. Researchers can import data from ORCID into SciENcv.
    • Senior personnel may assign a Delegate (MIT Research Administrator) to create/modify a SciENcv document or download a certified version. 
    • SciENcv NSF documents Include a certification requirement from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2021, Section 223 regarding information being accurate, current, and complete. Certification must be completed by the PI/Co-I or Key Person. 

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  • Cost sharing is the portion of the total project costs not reimbursed by the sponsor but rather funded by MIT and/or third parties. During the post-award phase of a project with cost sharing commitments, DLCI Research Administrators are responsible for monitoring cost sharing activity, ensuring the charges are allowable per the agreement terms, and tracking that the cost sharing commitment is met.

    This course presents an overview of the various types of cost sharing, cost share account set up, the cost sharing template, tracking commitments, reporting, etc.    View course on Atlas or view slides

  • The RAS Subawards Team manages the negotiation and processing of subawards to other research organizations under MIT’s sponsored research agreements. During this session, the Subawards Team provides essential guidance for the pre-awad stage including:

    • determining if the planned subaward is a subawardee, vendor or independent contractor
    • flow down of applicable terms and conditions from prime award
    • requesting new subaward organizations for KC
    • subaward organization risk level and risk management
    • subaward budget costs and F&A
    • PI responsibility, certification, and more!

    View course on Atlas or view slide presentation PDF

  • The Export Control Compliance Team is an integral part of MIT's Research Compliance, providing informative resources, tools, and expertise in protecting MIT’s Open Research policy and the free exchange of information among scholars while complying with U.S. export control law. To ensure that we are in compliance with Federal regulations, it is essential for Research Administrators to be familiar with best practices for research activities and how the Export Control Compliance Team can assist with activities or transactions that may be impacted by export control laws and regulations. 

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  • Please join us to learn more about the characteristics of federal contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, and specific areas of concern during negotiation. It is beneficial for Research Administrators to understand the purpose and deliverables for different agreement types and troublesome terms that will need to be negotiated out if funded.

    This RAP session explores the following topics

    • Purpose, Deliverables, and Sponsor Involvement for different Agreement Types
    • Grants and Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) terms
    • Cooperative Agreements and sponsor specific terms
    • Grant Agreements from Charitable Foundations and Non-Profits
    • Federal Contracts and Federal Contracting Clauses – "the FAR"

     View course on Atlas or view slides.

    • 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 1: Sponsor Reqs. Certification and COI 1 (you will receive credit for two courses).

      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 projects, who plays a role, and how to address specific scenarios at pre- and post-award. View course on Atlas or View Slides

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • When purchasing products and services for a sponsored project, that is—a project that is being paid for by an award from the government, a private company, or a charitable foundation—then you need to ensure that the expense is allowable before making the purchase. View Course on Atlas  

    • 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

    • 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

    • Monitoring expenses during the lifecycle of a sponsored program is critical for successful management and closeout of an award. SAP is the Institute's system of record for expenditures. View course on Atlas or view slides.

    • Workspace is the's online environment for proposal creation and submission to federal agencies. This session explores several scenarios and best practices for using Workspace. Resources developed by MIT to assist the community in creating Workspace proposals are also reviewed. View course on Atlas or view slides.

    • Your DLC faculty member plans to submit a proposal! Begin by closely reading the solicitation along with the sponsor's proposal guidance and RAS sponsor checklists. Careful attention to detail will eliminate or reduce revisions prior to submission. View course on Atlas or view slides.

    • A Notice of Award (NoA) is a formal notification from a sponsor indicating that a proposal submitted by MIT/RAS has been funded. For successful management of a sponsored program, it is essential for Research Administrators to review the approved funding and the terms and conditions of the award. View course on Atlas or view slides.

    • The PI is ultimately responsible for all aspects of sponsored research, including proposal submission, compliance with Institute and federal policies, monitoring spending and subrecipients, and technical and progress reporting.

      Research Administrators support PIs in successfully meeting sponsored project requirements and effective communication is essential. This RAP session offered on March 24, 2021 covers tips and tricks for how to effectively communicate information in the research administration environment:

      • Best communication method
      • Tailoring emails for the right audience
      • Communicating potential issues or challenges with proposals and/or awards
      • Scheduling and conducting Zoom meetings as needed to get the best results.

      View course on Atlas or view slides

    • Understanding the requirements and processes involved in closing a sponsored project account can be very beneficial in effective management during the lifetime of an award, not just during the 90 days after the end of the award. This RAP session, recorded in June 2020, explores the roles and responsibilities of the PI and DLC Research Administrator, Research Administration Services, and Sponsored Accounting in the financial closeout process.

      Topics include:

      • Agreement Terms, Prior Approvals, and Carry Forward restrictions 
      • No-cost extensions or additional funded extensions
      • Subaward closeout timeline
      • WBS Closeout Notifications
      • Financial Audit & Reconciliation

      View course on Atlas or view slides

    Recordings of Past RAP Sessions

    Please note that some videos will require you to login via Touchstone to Panopto. Zoom videos will ask you to login via SSO, using the mit domain name.

    NIH Updates: Biosketch and Other Support (Part 2)  [PDF] [Video March 31, 2022

    NIH Updates: Biosketch and Other Support (Part 1) [PDF] [video] – January 19, 2022

    Workspace and [PDF] [Video] – September 14, 2021

    SciENcv Document Creation and Management [PDF] [Video] – May 21, 2021

    Foundations and Non Profit Sponsors [PDF] [Video] – April 27, 2021

    Cost Sharing: Post-Award Management [PDF] [Video] – February 10, 2021

    DOE Sponsored Programs [PDF] [Video] – October 14, 2020

    Capital & Fabricated Equipment at Award [PDF] [Video] — April 15, 2020