COMPASS Certification Course

The “Compass” program at Auburn guides research administrators through the myriad channels of knowledge they need to perform their job e.g. enhancing and improving support provided to researchers. The Certification Course provides a working knowledge of the policies and procedures that underlie the field of sponsored project administration.  It is designed to challenge practitioners who have experience working in the field.  We take a broad view of sponsored project administration and develop a basic understanding of the diverse facets of the field.  Through classroom engagement and experiential learning, participants learn about sources of federal, state and local funding for research and other extramurally funded projects, sponsor agencies, industry and foundation sponsors, institutional models, the grant award cycle, and the typical roles and responsibilities seen in sponsored project administration.  The course emphasizes a pedagogy that is experiential and interactive in nature. Through this approach, participants explore regulations, principles, problems, and policies that are most relevant to the issues they may encounter in their daily work environment.  

Course Documents


Class assignments/Course Objectives 


Class Materials

Regulations and costing 2019-2020


Human Capital

F&A Calculations and answers

Cost Sharing

Indirect Costs and Cost Sharing

Cost Sharing Calculations and Answers

More information on F&A rate - provided by the University of Maryland

Ann Holmes of UMCP is an expert in explaining the basics of calculating the F&A rates.  Click on the link above to watch a short 20 minute video of her explaining F&A. When watching the video, it helps to have two documents (F&A Rate Calculation & Expense Cost Pools) on hand, which are attached for your convenience.
Proposal Submission and Award Negotiation
Research Integrity
Internal Audit
Time and Effort
Time and Effort Handout 2019
 Human Participant Incentives
 Financial Management Part 1

 Financial Management Part 2

 Project Closeout Fall 2019

 Communicating with faculty 2020

Quick Links

 AU Policy

AU Procedures