Sponsored Research Certification Program

The Sponsored Research Certification Program includes 8 modules designed to provide mandatory sponsored research compliance training to research faculty and staff.  This Program is in response to a mandate by the National Science Foundation and the Office of the Inspector General after an audit at Howard University.  It is, therefore, imperative that all faculty and their research staff fully participate in this Program.  Certificates of completion will be distributed upon full and successful completion.

Certification is required for adequate management of external research projects. Once certified, research faculty and staff are required to re-certify every 3 years.

Also on Blackboard!

Module Title Course Material Certification Test
1 Overview of the Environment Download PDF WORD
2 Cost Principles Download PDF WORD
3 Cost Sharing Download PDF WORD
4 Administrative Cost Download PDF WORD
5 Direct Costs Download PDF WORD
6 Property Management Download PDF WORD
7 Cost Transfers Download PDF WORD
8 Project Monitoring Download PDF WORD



Test: PDF Version

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Option 1: Go to Start > Control Panel > Internet properties > Programs and select an email client from the "Email" dropdown. Click OK and try to submit the form.

Option 2: If you have Adobe Professional, you may use the Print button to you can save the test to your computer. Choose "Adobe PDF" as your printer name and save the PDF to your desktop. You may email that saved copy as an attachment.

Test: WORD Version

Option 1: If you are unable to see or access the answer options on the test, enable macros and active content in the WORD version. Click on the Security Warning bar or window and select the option to enable or accept the active content.

If you are having additional problems with the documentation, media, or submitting the tests let us know! researchcommunications@howard.edu

NSF's Implementation Plan [74 FR 42126-42128 (August 20, 2009)]:

"Effective January 4, 2010, NSF will require that, at the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution's Authorized Organizational Representative certify that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate Training and Oversight in the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research of Undergraduates, Graduate students, and Postdoctoral Researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research."

The course material are PDF files that can be easily downloaded or printed as reference guides. Get the free Adobe Reader here.

Certification tests must be completed and emailed to Research Communications for processing. The tests can also be printed and delivered to Research Administrative Services, located in suite 137 of the C.B. Powell Buiding at 525 Bryant Street, NW.

Participants must pass all 8 tests with a grade of 80% or above to be considered certified.

If you are experiencing any problems accessing the course material or submitting the exams, please contact Research Regulatory Compliance. You may also contact the office for any questions or comments relating to the certification program.

Explain your issue or comment in as much detail as possible and send it to researchcommunications@howard.edu.