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The Spring 2021 RAFT Foundations Cohort application window has been extended to Wednesday, January 13th.  We only have a few seats remaining.  Apply today!

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Applications to participate in UF’s Research
Administration & Financials Training (RAFT)
Foundations Cohort due by January 8

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

Designed for Sponsored Programs Administrators with one year or less of award management experience, the Research Administration and Financials Training (RAFT) Foundations Cohort is comprised of a twenty session, blended learning series that provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of sponsored programs management at UF. In addition, the RAFT Foundations Cohort is designed to foster peer relationships within the sponsored programs 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 January and continue into May. To participate, you must be able to attend all sessions and have the support of your supervisor. Review our schedule below. Dates are tentative and subject to change.  You can access the current
syllabus for RAFT Foundations Cohort Spring 2021 in MS Teams.

Attendance format is expected to be virtual at this time.




1 – Kickoff Meeting

Tuesday, Jan 26

1:30 – 4:00

2 – RSH100 Sponsored Projects Overview


Post-req to Kickoff

3 – RSH201 Finding Funding & Limited Opportunities


Expected completion week of 2/1/21

4 – Project Workday

Tuesday, Feb 9

9:00 – 12:00

5 – RSH279 UFIRST Introduction


Expected completion week of 2/15/21

6 – RSH202 Solicitation Review & Proposal Development


Expected completion week of 2/15/21

7 – RSH203 Budget Development

Tuesday, Feb 23

1:30 – 4:30

8 – RSH204 Non-Fiscal Compliance


Expected completion week of 3/1/21

9 –All things PreAward Workshop

Tuesday, Mar 9

1:30 – 4:30

10 – Special Session

Tuesday, Mar 16

2:30 – 4:30 (unconfirmed)

11 – RSH260 Cost Principles


Expected completion week of 3/22/21

12 – RSH220 Effort Fundamentals


Pre-req to RSH207

13 – RSH207 Effort Advanced Topics

Tuesday, Mar 30

2:30 – 4:30

14 – RSH230 Effort Management


Post-req to RSH207

15 – Project Workday

Tuesday, Apr 6

1:30 – 4:30

16 – PST130 Reconciliation


Expected completion week of 4/12/21

17 – RSH208 Post-Award Best Practices


Expected completion week of 4/19/21

18 – All Things PostAward Workshop

Wednesday, Apr 27

1:30 – 4:30

19 – RSH215 Reporting

Tuesday, May 4

2:30 – 4:30 (or online by now)

20 – Project Delivery, Graduation & Celebration

Monday, May 10

2:00 – 4:30


Interested applicants should complete the program application form  by January 13, 2021. If you have questions about the RAFT Cohort, please contact Stephanie Gray, Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs, at (352) 392-3516; or Tiffany Schmidt, Assistant Vice President for Contracts & Grants, at (352) 273-3101. 



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