Learning Resources

The following resources are designed to meet the training and professional development needs of MIT employees who play a role in sponsored projects administration.


MIT Quick Guide for PIs: essentials every principal investigator should know – A brief explanation of key topics in research administration, the PI’s responsibilities related to each topic, and links to resources for additional information.

Join the MIT Research Administration Listserv – The OSP vehicle to communicate training offerings and timely information essential for the management and monitoring of sponsored projects at MIT.

Roles and Responsibilities Accountability Matrix (RAII) - Identifies responsibilities of tasks in the Grant/Contract lifecycle. 

OSP Classroom Training and Forums

OSP Forums are offered throughout the year on timely topics for the MIT research administration community. 

Fundamentals Series is offered each year during the fall and spring semesters.

Fundamentals: Intro to Unallowable Costs - Covers cost allowability from both a conceptual and practical perspective, concentrating on charges to sponsored accounts.

Fundamentals: Post-Award Administration - Covers common issues in award management and reporting, including differences between major types of federal and nonfederal awards, common types of reporting, and how to manage potentially sensitive charges as they apply to sponsored projects

Fundamentals: Sponsored Project Closeout - Covers common issues in Sponsored Project Closeout, from project end to final reports, including required procedures at the end of a sponsored project, roles played by the OSP, VPF and the DLC during the closeout process.

Kuali Coeus Hands-on Training is offered on a regular ongoing basis.

KC: Proposal Development (Non-S2S) (6 hours over two consecutive afternoons) Covers preparing a proposal in KC for a Non-Grants.gov sponsor (e.g. foundations or industrial proposals) from proposal creation, budget development, to validation and submission to route for approval.

KC: Proposal Development S2S (6 hours over two consecutive afternoons) Covers preparing a Grants.gov (S2S) proposal in KC from proposal creation, budget development, to validation and submission to route for approval.

Online Training

OSP Online Tutorial: Service Centers - Service centers operated by MIT DLCs provide highly specialized or complex services and products designed to facilitate research. Learn more about regulations governing the service center operation, and processes involved in opening and closing service centers.

STARweb – Eight online training modules introduce the basic principles and policies of sponsored research administration. Access via the Atlas Learning Center, then select the Course Catalog tab > Sponsored Projects & Policies.

Compliance and Other Resources

AO/FO Learn - An MIT resource supporting learning and development website for Administrative Officers, Fiscal Officers, and others involved in financial, administrative, and research management activities at MIT. Find an array of courses and tools to help you grow and develop as a steward of MIT’s finances and administrative responsibilities.

Responsible Conduct of Research - The National Science Foundation requires undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported on NSF awards to complete a Responsible Conduct of Research training program. Learn how to comply with this training on Responsible Conduct of Research

Access to, Sharing and Retention of Research Data: Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) is a Council on Government Relations [COGR] publication from March 2012. It includes:

  • 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