FastTracks – Professional Development for Research Administrators

Are you searching for professional development in research administration? The Office of Compliance Monitoring and Strategic Initiatives (CMSI) in REDE is making professional development available to ECU staff working in research administration. We are focusing on online options convenient to users (both teleworkers and busy folks who can’t get away).

Today, we want to alert you to several resources – the NIH Virtual Seminar and three NCURA Webinars available now and in the coming weeks. Each is a high quality presentation by nationally recognized experts in research administration.

  • NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (available now)
  • Subawards and Subrecipient Monitoring (available now)
  • Compensation Compliance Under Uniform Guidance – Where Are We Now? (available mid-November)
  • Navigating the Revisions to the UG (available 14 December)

There are multiple ways to see these. When feasible, CMSI will set up Teams meetings so groups can view and discuss the presentations. Thereafter, videos will be available for individual viewing.

Check out the summaries below and feel free to contact CMSI ( if you have any questions!

NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (available now)

Did you miss the virtual event? Not to worry, the entire conference is still available to you on the event platform until Nov 19! The only thing missing is the immediate access to staff that the “live” event offered. Recordings of the presentations and related materials, as well as a plethora of resources from the Institute and Center Exhibit Hall booths await your exploration.

How to access seminar materials:

  • Step 1: Register for the seminar if you have not already done so.
  • Step 2: Log-in with the email address you used to register.
  • Step 3: Explore!


Subawards and Subrecipient Monitoring (available now)

This available for ECU personnel at the link below. This webinar was originally presented on 15 October 2020.


Already know the basics of subaward monitoring? Let’s take a deep dive into the complexities, obscurities, and changing landscape of subawards. In this webinar we’ll talk OMB changes, risk appetite, lesser known federal requirements, foreign subrecipient monitoring, subrecipients requiring additional monitoring, and much more!

Prerequisites:  Experience with subawards, terms and Uniform Guidance is recommended.

Jessica McDonough, Subaward Coordinator, Dartmouth College
Laura Register, Assistant Director, Subaward Oversight & Compliance, Stanford University 


Compensation Compliance Under Uniform Guidance – Where Are We Now? (available soon)

This webinar will be available later in November (look for another e-mail then). There will be a group presentation (via Teams) on 12 November – 10:00 am – after which the video will be available for individual viewing.


This webinar will focus on the compensation requirements outlined in the Uniform Guidance 200.430, provide an overview of the Internal Control Framework for compensation compliance, highlight schools who have made the transition to an alternative to effort reporting, and provide an update on any UG changes that may impact this federal requirement.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the 2 CFR 200 Uniform Guidance Desk Reference is recommended.

David Ngo, Associate Provost, New School
Lisa Mosley, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, Yale University


Navigating the Revisions to the UG (available 14 December)

This webinar will be presented by NCURA on 14 December at 2:00 pm. ECU staff members can attend for free – e-mail to get a link to attend. Approximately a week later, the video will be made available for individual viewing.


This webinar will discuss key changes reflected in the 2020 revision, including updated definitions, new requirements as well as modifications to existing requirements.  Our discussion will include the government’s purpose in making a particular change, as well as the potential impact to institutions.  Please join us for an informative session reviewing one of the key documents impacting sponsored awards at our institutions.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the Uniform Guidance

Tolise Dailey, Training Manager, Johns Hopkins University
David Mayo, Director of Sponsored Research, California Institute of Technology
David Schultz, Assistant VP, Research Administration and Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute