USC's GRANT Program certifies new class of research administrators

Earlier this month, the Gamecock Research Administrators Network Training, or GRANT Program, graduated its most recent class of 22 research administrators working in all corners of the University of South Carolina. After completing nearly 40 hours of instruction, discussion and activities, and passing a comprehensive final exam (three of this year’s class earned perfect scores), these distinguished professionals are now certified to administer grants at USC.

The GRANT Program began in 2005, and quickly became a cornerstone of USC research, providing research administrators with the tools and know-how they need to develop budgets, ensure policy compliance and complete all of the other administrative tasks it takes to successfully fund and manage sponsored awards. This course is recommended for all USC staff who actively participate in research administration, and those who have completed it are quick to tout its benefits.

Tina Akers, one of the recent program graduates (who earned a perfect score on her final exam), offered these comments on her experience: In the Fall of 2013, I was afforded the opportunity to enroll in the GRANT Certificate Program. I was very apprehensive and unsure of whether this program was a place I needed to be, but after completion I can affirm with no doubts, this training program is essential for any USC staff person who participates in grant administration in any capacity. Every possible topic is covered from the thought processes leading up to the proposal, to the grant ending close-out process, and everything in between. I met University leaders, who up until this program I only conversed with through e-mail. It was a wonderful experience to meet these people face-to-face. They bring their expertise to the workshops and reiterate the common flow-through theme of "we are always here to help." I feel empowered with education and understanding of the grants process here at the University, which is very important in my current position working for nationally and internationally known research innovator, Dr. Mitzi Nagarkatti, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Chair of USC School of Medicine Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. 

For more information on the GRANT Program, or to complete an online application to take part in the next class, visit http://grant.sc.edu/index.shtml.
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