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RPES Curriculum

Program Expectations and Completion Requirements

  • Prior to program acceptance, candidates must complete 6 core courses in the Financial/SAP training program. These pre-requisites provide an introduction to JHU financial administration and serve as the first step to other functional areas.
  • Successfully complete individual learning plan requirements. Plans are developed in cooperation with the trainee’s supervisor and the executive committee. Plans include four mandatory office rotation assignments and any combination of recommended electives. (Exceptions may be made depending on their JHU work experience and with approval from their supervisor and the committee.)
  • Attend all intramural training sponsored by the Research Administration Training Program
  • Complete specific university training that is relevant to their rotation assignments


Specific University Training

This training concentrates on a particular segment in the life cycle of an award (the proposal phase, award phase, managing phase, and close out phase).  Learning Solutions course offerings are available as e-courses, FastFacts presentations, instructor-led sessions, and job aids.  These courses may be taken by trainees during any of the rotations. For a full list of required training, refer to the RATPack FastTracks Curricula. Topics include:

  • Sponsored Projects
  • Account Management
  • HR/Payroll Administration
  • Purchasing
  • Accounts Payable
  • Vice Provost for Research

Intramural Training: Monthly Seminar Series

The monthly seminar series is offered the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am. Overview sessions focus on research-related areas within the university, including:

  • Internal Audits
  • Effort Reporting/Facilities and Administration
  • Export Controls
  • Global Compliance
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Human Subjects (IRB)
  • Animal Care and Use
  • Clinical Research Training
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Funding from Corporations and Foundations
  • Agreements/Subagreements
  • Tech Transfer
  • Vice Provost for Research


Office Rotation Assignments/On-the-Job Training

  • Sponsored Projects Shared Services
  • Divisional Research Administration
  • Academic Department
  • Internal Audits



Before entering your second year in the program, you will meet with your supervisor, the program coordinator, and a member of the Executive Committee to provide counsel on further training experiences. You can choose to gain further experience on one of the Monthly Seminar Series topics or explore elective training with the following offices, including, but not limited to:

  • Office of Research Administration—Subawards
  • IRB
  • Department—Business Office
  • Purchasing
  • Human Resources
  • Accounts Payable
  • Clinical Trials
  • Tax Office
  • ORIS
  • Payroll
  • Fixed Assets
  • Travel
  • APL
  • Imaging and Recording Oversight Committee (IROC)
  • Data Trust Committee
  • Institutional Compliance Oversight Committee (ICOC)
  • Treasury (international wires)
  • Research Development Team (RDT)
  • Cash Accounting
  • Student Employment
  • JHU Affiliates (Jhpiego, Kennedy Krieger Institute, etc.)

Extramural Training

National Council of University Administrators (NCURA) holds an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. during the late summer.

Professional Skills Development

The Talent Management and Organization Development department offers additional Leadership, Management, and Professional Skills courses. Trainees are encouraged to take advantage of these staff development courses. The course catalog can be accessed through learning.jhu.edu.

The following are some course suggestions:


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