RAFT — Research Administration & Financials Training

The Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants offer a variety of training and professional development opportunities that provide research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

RAFT Foundations Cohort

The UF Research Administration and Financials Training (RAFT) Foundations Cohort is intended for employees with 12 months or fewer of sponsored programs management experience. The cohort is a multi-session series that introduces all aspects of sponsored programs management at UF. In addition, the RAFT Foundations Cohort seeks to foster peer relationships within the research support community. Each cohort is limited to a minimum number of participants to ensure networking and relationship building. Participants who successfully complete the series receive a certificate of completion.

The Spring 2024 application window is now closed.

RAFT Training Classes

RAFT training classes help to grow the skills of research administrators and other staff who support sponsored research and extension at UF. The series features classes covering a range of topics across sponsored programs management. Enrollment is now available in the myTraining system.

To view class listings, please refer to the Sponsored Programs course catalog.


MainSpring events are designed to create a bridge between the core offices and the UF research support community. These sessions cover special topics of interest, while also providing an open channel for solutions, contacts, and information targeted to the needs of UF sponsored programs. If you are not able to attend live, view the event using link just below.

Previous Meetings

Date Topic Location Time View PPT Resources
2/15/2022 Inviting and Hosting International Visitors and Scholars Link
5/27/2021 Excel Tips & Tricks for Researchers – Part 4 Watch online ZIP
5/22/2021 Sponsoring Foreign Nationals Link 1

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4/22/2021 Employing & Hiring Abroad – the Do’s and Don’ts Link 1

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Excel Tips & Tricks for Researchers – Part 3
Watch online ZIP
Excel Tips & Tricks for Researchers – Part 2
Watch online ZIP
Excel Tips & Tricks for Researchers
Watch online ZIP
8/25/2020 NSF Research.gov and Biosketch/Current & Pending Forms Changes Link 1

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6/11/2019 Outside Activities & Financial Interests in Sponsored Programs Communicore C1-11 2:30–4:30 p.m. PPT Link
11/5/2018 Clinical Research & HSP Communicore C1-11 2–4 p.m. Watch online
10/12/2018 Information Security McKnight Brain Institute 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
11/28/2017 Faculty Life HRS 120 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
8/31/2017 Intellectual Property 101 HRS 120 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
7/24/2017 Research Terms & Conditions HRS 120 10 a.m.–noon Watch online
5/2/2017 Effort HRS 120 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
4/14/2017 UFIRST Awards HRS 120 2:30–4:30 p.m. Watch online
11/30/2016 Export Controls HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Link
10/12/2016 Effort HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online
9/7/2016 Hiring and Paying Fellows HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
4/19/2016 IRB / IACUC HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
3/29/2016 Reporting HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT
2/12/2016 Cost Sharing HPNP G-114 3–4:30 p.m. Watch online PPT