Professional Development


The Office of Research Services, the Center for Research Excellence, and the other units within the Division of Research provide a variety of annual and ad hoc professional development opportunities, workshops, and programs for faculty, staff and students. Please visit the News Page for information on upcoming programs.

Annual and On-going Professional Development:

The Certificate Program in Grants and Contracts Administration, Level 1 is intended for staff in academic departments (or similar units) whose job responsibilities include providing financial and administrative support for grants and contracts to Principal Investigators, Department Chairs, and others.

The Certificate provides core knowledge about grants and contracts in general, and about the administration of grants and contracts at UNC Charlotte in particular. The certificate program is especially useful for staff new to grants and contracts administration at the department level. This includes:

  • New UNC Charlotte staff employed in departments that manage and administer grants and contracts
  • Existing UNC Charlotte staff whose departments anticipate that they will have grants and contracts to manage and administer in the future
  • UNC Charlotte staff who wish to prepare themselves for employment in departments that manage and administer grants and contracts

Program participants are selected based on an application process and space availability, and employees with current job responsibilities working with grants and contracts may be given preference.


  • Complete prerequisites listed below
  • Attend and participate in all sessions of the Certificate program
  • Complete an evaluation of each session
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on each of the Learning Assessments administered as part of the Program

Certificate Prerequisites:

  • Banner Finance Training
  • Budget: Understanding General Fund and Position Budget
  • Complex Payments and Tax Guidance
  • Employment and Payment of Non-Resident
  • Fixed Assets
  • Paying for Travel at UNC Charlotte
  • Purchasing and Accounts Payable 101
  • Student Hiring Coordinator Workshop
  • Navigating Niner Research

Fall 2023 Course Dates for Level I: Sept 19 – Nov 7, 2023. Weekly on Tuesdays , 9am – 12 noon. Location: TBN.

To apply please complete the application form here by Monday, Aug 28. Applicants will be informed of the results of their application by Sept 1.

To apply please complete the application form here by Monday, Jan 29. Applicants will be informed of the results of their application by Feb 2.

For more information, send an inquiry to

Fall 2023 workshops

All workshops will be held via Zoom.  Please RSVP here .

Navigating Niner Research, Wednesday, September 20th at 10 am

  • Learn the basics of locating documents and information in Niner Research to facilitate post-award management.

AORs and NCEs, Thursday, September 28th at 11 am

  • Learn about Assumptions of Risk (AORs) and No-Cost Extensions (NCEs), including what they are, what documentation and information is needed to request one, and how to use them to facilitate post-award management.

Hiring on Grants and Contracts, Thursday, October 5th at 1 pm

  • Learn about the processes and requirements for hiring students, staff, and faculty on externally funded awards.  

Proposal Development Overview, Wednesday, October 11th at 1 pm

  • An overview of the key things to know about preparing a proposal for external funding, including timelines, requirements, key University policies, budget considerations, etc.

Travel on Grants and Contracts, Wednesday, October 25th at 10 am

  • Explore the requirements for processing travel expenses on externally funded awards, including additional documentation/information that may be needed and the impact of the Fly America Act on international travel planning.

Student Educational Awards (SEA) Wednesday, November 1st at 2 pm

  • An overview of the key things to know when processing Student Educational Awards (SEA) on externally funded awards, including how to determine the allowability of expenses, how to identify fund availability, requirements for submissions, best practices and deadlines. 

Release Time, Wednesday, November 8th at 2 pm

  • Explore how to process release time, how it is used, and some key things to keep in mind when managing awards that include release time.

Research Administration Open Forum

Held the second Wednesday of each month, 10-11am starting 09/13/2023, these open forums are an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask research administration related questions to Office of Research Services staff. These open forums are designed to address questions about University and sponsor processes related to research, federal and sponsor guidelines, etc. Very specific project related questions that require detailed background information or investigation are best directed to the appropriate representative from the ORS Award Management team . Click here to Join the Forum