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Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs

Please use the SharePoint link to register for each of the following sessions:
CLASP Core Sessions, CLASP Update Sessions, or CLASP Elective Sessions. Please see SharePoint Help for information on how to register for a class, obtain a Domain Account, and how to configure your browser (Internet Explorer) for SharePoint.

CLASP is a classroom-based educational program consisting of basic and comprehensive instruction for sponsored programs compliance. The goal is to ensure that all administrators having functional responsibility on sponsored programs complete CLASP training. Functional responsibility may be characterized by having an ability to originate, authorize, or approve transactions associated with sponsored programs; involvement with proposal preparation; or active review and monitoring of the financial activities within sponsored program accounts.

A Sponsored Programs Overview consists of the core information critical to sponsored programs compliance. This includes an overview of the federal circulars and how they pertain to departmental administration, the roles of administrators vs. central offices vs. investigators, the F&A rate, the departmental role in compliance, and cost accounting standards. In addition to the Overview, the following sessions are offered:

Pre-Award Functions, Proposal/Budget Development and Costing Issues (3 hrs.)

Post-Award: Processes and Transactions (3 hrs.)

Post-Award: Accounting and Oversight: (3 hrs.)

Effort reporting and Cost Sharing (3 hrs.)

Project Close-out (2 hrs.)

Upon completion of these modules and successful completion of an exam, participants receive a Certificate in Sponsored Program Management and a comprehensive manual and practice aids to facilitate proper oversight of sponsored program activity.

There is no fee for participation in the CLASP program.


Continuous Learning

The CLASP program offers a “continuous learning” aspect for CLASP participants and in order to maintain CLASP certification, CLASP certified administrators are required to participate annually in a minimum of ten hours of continuing education and meetings, inclusive of monthly meetings, electives and an annual update session.


If you have any questions regarding CLASP, please contact one of the following individuals overseeing the CLASP program: Gunta Liders (Associate VP for Research Administration, ORPA), or Mike Ritz (CLASP Facilitator, ORPA).