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New Boise State Program Will Train, Support Research Administrators

In order to meet the university’s growing research needs, Boise State’s Office of Sponsored Programs has launched the Research Administration Development Program (ReADy), a two-year training program designed to offer peer training, leadership opportunities and mentoring experiences to college and department-based research administration professionals. ReADy is open to all departmental and college administrators responsible for the day-to-day administration of sponsored projects.

Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2019, and must include a supervisor’s certification form. Selected applicants will be notified by Feb. 1. There will be a kickoff meeting on Feb. 8, 2019.

Participants are expected to attend three half-day training sessions each year, co-present at least one topic related to research administration in the two-year period and serve as a resource to incoming participants after completing the second year of the program.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Create a knowledgeable cohort of college and department-based research administration leaders.
  • Offer practical training on basic-to-advanced research administration concepts and how they are applied within Boise State’s systems and processes.
  • Create a corps of mentor-leaders as departmental and college-based research administrators.
  • Develop, document and maintain best practices for use as training and development materials.

Program Participation Requirements:

By applying to ReADy, applicants commit to the following participation requirements:

  • Attend three training sessions offered each year.
  • Lead a team to develop and present at least one topic related to research administration.
  • Agree to be listed as a program participant and serve as a resource to other research administrators.
  • Participate in the development and dissemination of written best practices and training materials (e.g., 10 minute tutorials).
  • Participate in activities such as surveys and feedback sessions designed to continuously improve ReADy.