Help and Training

This section is designed to be a resource for questions and to aid in training and professional development needs related to Research Administration.

Conflict of Interest

OSP offered two Conflict of Interest Workshops in August of 2012. The presentations from those workshops are available here.

OSP Forums

These community forums typically convene monthly during the academic year.  They aim to bring together members of the research administration community to share knowledge and discuss research administration topics, both current and evergreen. Go to the OSP Forums page to see the schedule and download materials from past Forums.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The National Science Foundation requires undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported on NSF awards to complete an RCR training program. Information about how to comply with this requirement can be found under Responsible Conduct of Research in the Compliance section of the OSP website.


STAR stands for Specialized Training for Administrators of Research. STARweb was developed for the Institute by OSP to introduce you to the basic principles and policies of sponsored projects administration. You can find additional training on Sponsored Research topics at under the Training section.

MIT HR's Web-based Learning Resource for AOs and FOs

AO/FO Learn is a web-based resource for supporting learning and development for Administrative Officers, Fiscal Officers, and others involved in financial, administrative, and research management activities. This website is geared toward increasing knowledge and skills important to carrying out financial and administrative oversight at MIT. On the site you will find an array of courses and tools to help you grow and develop as a steward of MIT’s finances and administrative responsibilities.

Kuali Coeus

Kuali Coeus is an Electronic Research Administration system developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Origianlly named Coeus after the Greek Titan of Intelligence, Coeus was one of the first cradle-to-grave award management systems in the nation. Kuali Coeus is the result of the partnership between the Kuali Foundation and Coeus Consortium and is based on Coeus functionality developed at MIT. You can find available Kuali Coeus training classes at under the Training section. 

Learning offerings by MIT partner departments

As MIT strives to integrate processes and knowledge across departments, learning offerings converge. Find training that supports consistent, professional financial and sponsored project management below.

Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF)

See the schedule of upcoming training:

All of the VPF offerings are germane to those who have responsibility for sponsored project transactions and management.

Information Systems & Technnology (IS&T)

Financial and sponsored projects management is achieved using MIT systems.  Learn skills to use those systems at 

Note that IS&T is a key partner with OSP in providing Coeus training to support the system of record for grants management at MIT.

Human Resources at MIT (HR)

HR offers a range of courses on communications, management, leadership and other topics.  See especially the following catalog categories in the MIT Learning Center catalog:  Career Development and Transitions and Communications and Leadership.

Offerings for all of the departments above, including OSP can be found at the MIT Learning Center online under the Training section.

Reference Tools

MIT Quick Guide for PIs (PDF)

This short guide to principal investigators’ responsibilities and resources describes ten essentials every PI should know. It focuses on managing sponsored projects and points to additional resources formore information.

Access to, Sharing and Retention of Research Data: Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)

Council on Government Relations publication - Published March 2012
This guide covers:

  • General guidelines for retention and access of data
  • Federal agency policies and regulations
  • Special circumstances that affect the access to, sharing and retention of data

Roles & Responsibilities Matrix (PDF)

This matrix was developed by the RAII Roles and Organizational Structure team and identifies responsibilities of tasks in the Grant/Contract lifecycle.


Find answers to basic, unusual, and frequently asked questions.


This glossary is a collection of acronyms and terms heard often in OSP. Some terms are sponsor specific, while others are standard terminology used in the research administration field.