ORS Contracts & Grants Certification Program

This certification program is designed for research and non-research sponsored program administrators and support staff. 

It is aimed to provide you with a better understanding of proposal and budget development, search for funding opportunities, contract review and negotiation process, research compliance, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance, cost sharing, indirect cost returns, program income, electronic research administration system, project account setup and close-out, post-award management and reporting, and RCUH finance and RCUH human resources processes for UH’s project accounts.

The Contracts and Grants Certification Program is offered every spring and fall semester.

Registration for Spring 2018 (click here)

The program is comprised of seven (seven) modules: three in-class, and four online through Laulima:


Module 1 (In-Class)

  • Research Administration Overview
  • Funding Opportunity Search
  • Budget & Proposal Development
  • Conflict of Interest (COI)
  • Human Trafficking and Public Access Requirements


Online Module 2

-Please feel free to take the online modules at your own pace.

-No in-class training for this module.

Proposal and Budget Preparation

  • Facility and Administrative (Indirect) Costs
  • Cost Sharing
  • Program Income


Module 3 (In-Class)

Financial & Administrative Compliance  

  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance
  • Subrecipient Monitoring


Online Module 4

-No in-class training for this module.

Award Process Administration and Closeout

  • Reviewing, Negotiating and Approving Awards
  • Receiving and Administering an Award
  • Project Closeout


Online Module 5

-No in-class training for this module.

RCUH – Finance

  • Project Administration
  • Accounting
  • Procurement & Disbursing 


Online Module 6

-No in-class training for this module.

RCUH – Human Resources Process for UH’s Project Accounts

  • Hiring
  • Benefits and Leaves
  • Employee Changes and Time Reporting
  • Terminations


Module 7 (In-Class)

  • Research Compliance
  • Information Technology Services – Sensitive Information (ITS)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Office of Export Controls
  • Office of Risk Management
  • Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
  • Human Studies Program (HSP/IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Biosafety
  • Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO)


Please feel free to contact us with any questions: orshelp@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-5198.