The STAR RA Bootcamp program provides intensive training in research administration processes allowing new RAs to quickly and accurately contribute to their respective departments.
Bootcamp provides high-level training, focusing on topics that are applicable university-wide. Departments are expected to provide training for their specific processes and procedures in tandem with bootcamp.
Bootcamp additionally promotes team building and development of a support network by making connections within the cohort and with colleagues and subject matter experts across both campuses.
Special thanks to the STAR Advisory Board and to our pilot participants for their help in developing this initiative.
The STAR Program provides a 6-week intensive bootcamp training for pre-award processes. 15-20 hours per week must be reserved to participate in the program. A post-award pilot is currently in development.
Eligibility: Participants must be new to research administration, serving in their roles for a year or less.
Pre-Award Bootcamp includes the following topics:
|Assist, research.gov, S2S, grants.gov||Professional Communication||STAR 115: Export Controls|
|Budget Basics||Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)||STAR 216: NSF Proposal Preparation|
|Calculating Overhead||RMS on-demand, 101 & 102||STAR 217: NIH Proposal Preparation|
|Compliance||School PI Eligibility Policies||Staying Organized in Research Administration|
|DA Roles & Responsibilities||STAR 100: Research Lifecycle, On-boarding||Terminology/Acronyms in Research Administration|
|Federal and Institutional Policies & Guidelines||STAR 105: Proposal Preparation||Understanding Technology Transfer|
|Finding Funding||STAR 107: Overview of Outgoing Subawards||Uniform Guidance|
At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Submit a grant
- Be familiar with costing principles
- Create a budget
- Understand University submission requirements
- Understand University policies governing proposal submissions
Additionally, participants will:
- Meet the minimum requirements of a Grant Assistant job classification
- Earn 20 credit hours towards completion of the STAR Certificate.
By the end of the program, new RAs will have gained exposure to the breadth of pre-award requirements and will have developed enhanced skills, allowing them to make greater contributions in their departments/divisions.
- Protect 15-20 hours per week to keep up with the curriculum.
- Attend each day’s training, all live meetings, and complete all homework assignments in a timely manner.
- Actively participate during live meetings and group exercises.
Hiring Manager Expectations
- Provide supplementary training specific to the area. The bootcamp will not cover departmental policies and processes.
- Provide department application examples (either recently completed or newly received) that coincide with weekly exercises.
- Protect 15-20 hours each week for the participant to attend live meetings and successfully complete program requirements (create a support back-up plan). Participants should not be asked to take vacation or work overtime in order to participate.
[My employee] has already hit the ground running and is currently supporting several proposal submissions.
I couldn’t imagine starting this job WITHOUT this program!
The networking was my favorite part. It is essential to have peers to bounce ideas off in this industry.
The next STAR RA Bootcamp, Pre-Award will be held in fall 2022 – dates TBD. Registration for participants must be completed by managers.