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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.

CLASP involves both classroom-based sessions and online sessions.  Administrators having functional responsibility for sponsored projects need to 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 of sponsored project accounts.

CLASP Core Sessions, to obtain initial CLASP Certification

Core sessions required for initial certification consist of the following:

  • Overview (1.5 hours) – classroom-based
  • Pre-award Functions:  Proposal/Budget Development, Costing Issues (1.5 hours) – classroom based
  • Award Administration (1.5 hours) – classroom based
  • Effort Reporting (1.5 hours) – classroom based
  • Cost Sharing (1.0 hour) – classroom based
  • Close Out (1.0 hour) – classroom based
  • Research Compliance (1 hour) – online
  • Ethics (30 minutes) – online

Upon completion of the eight modules, and successful completion of an exam, participants receive a Certificate in Sponsored Programs Management.

There is no fee to participate in the CLASP program, as long as supervisory approval is given for participation.


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 eight hours of continuing education, inclusive of monthly meetings (River Rats and RARA), CLASP electives and an annual update session.

Beginning in 2016, it will be possible to earn continuing education credits simultaneously while taking CLASP courses to obtain a concentration in pre-award management or post award management and also by obtaining a specialty in either River Campus or Medical Center sponsored project management.  These courses will involve a mix of both classroom-based and online instruction.

If you have any questions regarding CLASP, please contact one of the following individuals:
Gunta Liders, Associate VP for Research Administration (
Michael Ritz, Research Compliance Officer (
Amy Crosby, Assistant to Gunta Liders and Mike Ritz (