Free Training

Auburn subscribes to several training modules via the CITI Program website that may be of interest to researchers and research administrators. To register, go to  At "new users" click on "register here". Choose Auburn University in the "participating institutions" dropdown menu. Select your user name and password - be sure to use your Auburn username/global ID with a password that is unique to your new CITI account. Click here to learn how to change your affiliation in the event you have CITI credits from a prior institution.

Whether you are a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, faculty member, or other professional, an understanding of grants, how to find them, and how to create and submit a proposal are critical skills that are often not part of formal training programs. Essentials of Grant Proposal Development aims to take much of the mystery out of grant writing by walking learners through the process one step at a time with in-depth instruction that includes videos, exercises, resources, and examples.

This course was written by Nancy L. Devino, PhD and peer reviewed by experts.

Although completion time will vary by learner, each module takes about 25-45 minutes to complete. The modules are designed so that learners can complete them in one sitting or in multiple sittings, and there is no time limit for any of the activities. The following is a list of the nine modules:

  • An Introduction to Grants
  • Getting Started in Grant Writing
  • Finding and Selecting Funding Opportunities
  • Crafting a Proposal Development Plan
  • Creating the Proposal Narrative
  • Tables, Forms, and Documents
  • Preparing the Budget and Budget Justification
  • Understanding the Proposal Review Process
  • Bringing it All Together

The Essentials of Research Administration course explains concepts regarding research administration including the varying structures of sponsored programs, research advancement and development responsibilities, and award process specifics (pre-award, award negotiation and acceptance, and post-award). It also assists individuals working or seeking employment in research administration by exploring professional opportunities, various available resources, professional associations/organizations, advanced learning opportunities, and more.

It is intended for research administration professionals (sponsored programs professionals and managers), principal investigators (PIs), project directors, and others who are responsible for research administration. It may also help individuals determine whether a career in research administration is right for them.

This course was authored by Sandra M. Nordahl, CRA at Nordahl Worldwide Consulting and peer-reviewed by experts.

  • Elements of Research Administration
  • Elements of Research Development
  • Elements of Pre-Award
  • Elements of Award Negotiation and Acceptance
  • Elements of Post-Award

Several Federal funders have hosted virtual seminars and conferences.