The UK Research Administration Training and Education (RATE) program is a series of classes designed to assist staff with administering research grants, contracts and other sponsored projects at the University. RATE starts with a basic overview of the research infrastructure and then proceeds into very detailed instruction on many aspects of research administration. The program will explain policies and procedures for the entire non-financial life cycle of a project from looking for funding, submitting a proposal, award management to the closeout of the project. RATE presenters will come from the offices of OSPA, ORI and PDO on campus to provide an in-depth analysis of their specific roles in the research administrative process.
The main emphasis of this program is to take information that is currently held only in a few central offices and disseminate to the staff members who are managing research projects at the department and college level. The program will provide not only information on the processes for administering research projects, but also the reasoning behind the process so that the department and college administrative staff can more efficiently manage their grants, better assist investigators in their area, and expedite the processing of requests and university forms through OSPA, PDO and ORI.