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Applications to participate in UF’s Research Administration & Financials Training (RAFT) Cohort due Aug 3rd

UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants will once again offer a professional development series that provides Research Administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

Designed for Research Administrators with one year or less of grants management experience, the Research Administration and Financials Training (RAFT) Cohort is comprised of a thirteen-session classroom series that provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of sponsored programs management at UF and four online learning activities. In addition, the RAFT Cohort is designed to foster peer relationships within the grants community. Each cohort is limited to a small number of participants to ensure networking and relationship building.  Participants who successfully complete the series will be awarded a certificate of completion.

The cohort series will begin in September and continue through the first part of December. To participate, you must be able to attend all sessions and have the appropriate support of your supervisor. Review our schedule below. Dates are tentative and subject to change.  The current syllabus for RAFT Fall 2018.




1 – Kickoff Meeting

Week of Sept 10


2 - Finding Funding & Limited Opportunities

Week of Sept 17


3 - Solicitation Review & Proposal Development

Week of Sept 25


4 – Budget Development

Week of Oct 1


5 – Awards: Negotiation & Setup

Week of Oct 8


6 – Non-Fiscal Compliance

Week of Oct 15


7 – Special Session

Week of Oct 22


8 – Cost Principles Advanced Topics

Week of Oct 29


9 – Effort Advanced Topics

Week of Nov 6


10 – Post Award Overview

Week of Nov 26


11 – Post-Award Best Practices

Week of Dec 3


12 – Reporting & RAFT Promo

Week of Dec 10


13 – Project Delivery, Graduation & Celebration

Week of Dec 17



Interested applicants should email a completed program application form to Ronda Mitchell, Grants Training Manager for UF Training and Organizational Development, by Aug 3rd. If you have questions about the RAFT Cohort, please contact Stephanie Gray, Assistant Vice President for the Division of Sponsored Programs, at (352) 392-3516; or Tiffany Schmidt, Assistant Vice President & Director for Contracts & Grants, at (352) 273-3101. 



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Ronda C. Mitchell, M.Ed.

Grants Training Manager

UF Human Resource Services

Training & Organizational Development


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