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About the Program

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is excited to release the Carolina RAPiDs (Research Administration Professional instructional Development system) that is designed to provide a comprehensive training program for research administrators at UNC.

Carolina RAPiDs is a useful resource for new research administrators as well as those who want to expand on their knowledge base in the field. Completing Core curriculum in Carolina RAPiDs will also lead to the Carolina RAPiDs Certification in Research Administration..

How it Works

Carolina RAPiDs Certification in Research Administration is comprised of three initial Cores of study: the Foundations Core, the Proposal Core, and the Post-Award Core. Each core covers knowledge in their respective areas of Research Administration and completion of each core earns a Certification for that core.

If you complete the Foundations Core, you will receive a Foundations Core Certificate. To receive a Proposal Core Certificate, you must complete both the Foundations Core and Proposal Core. To receive a Post-Award Certificate, you must complete both the Foundations Core and Post-Award Core.

Completion of all 3 Cores of study (or all 3 Certificates), garners the full Carolina RAPiDs Certification in Research Administration.

About the Cores

Each core will include courses that cover broad concepts, for example, Regulations that Govern Research. Within each course, modules will provide detailed information for that concept, such as Understanding the Compliance Hierarchy. Completion of each module within a course is required to advance to the next course and completion of all courses within a core garners a Certificate for the core.

The current cores in process are the Foundations Core, the Proposal Core and the Post Award Core.

Foundations Core

This first core provides an overview of research administration and covers the knowledge basics needed to be a research administrator at UNC. The first course released in Foundations is titled The Research and Regulatory Environment at UNC; the subsequent courses in this core will be released throughout the coming months.

Courses in the Foundations Core:

  1. The Research and Regulatory Environment at UNC – Released
  2. Introduction to Research Administration – Released
  3. Sponsored Projects Overview – Released
  4. Financial Concepts – Released
  5. Sponsored Projects Management
  6. Subagreement Overview
  7. Compliance Overview

Proposal Core

The second core focuses in depth on proposal topics that range from finding funding, proposal creation, review and submission. This core will focus heavily on processes and resources at UNC. Completing the Foundations core is not a pre-requisite to the Proposal Core; however, Foundations is required to earn a Proposal Certificate.

Post-Award Core

The third core provides in depth guidance on post-award topics and informs on how to manage awarded agreements using industry standards with a specific focus on UNC specific requirements. Completing the Foundations core is not a pre-requisite to the Post-Award Core; however, Foundations is required to earn a Post-Award Certificate.

Getting Started

Below are several short videos that introduce you to how to work in Carolina RAPiDs. The training program is delivered in an online learning management system (LMS) and reviewing the videos either from the links below or within the LMS will prepare you to start your training.

What is RAPiDs?

How-To: Logging in to RAPiDs

How-To: Enrolling in a Core

How-To: Navigating a Module

How-To: Unenrolling from a Core

How-To: Review Completed Content


For questions regarding this training program, please email OSRCommunications@unc.edu.