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R.A.I.S.E. Individual Sessions

The R.A.I.S.E. program offers stand-alone training sessions offered to any interested Carnegie Mellon employee. Session topics vary and are intended to provide information on current ‘hot topics’ with federal sponsors, specific agency requirements, institutional processes, or organizational best practices. Each session is led by experienced professionals internal to Carnegie Mellon. 

Please review the session schedule below for information on Individual Sessions. Detailed information will be shared with registered attendees regarding modifications to presentations (e.g., using Zoom web conferencing) in lieu of in-person sessions until further notice.

Fall 2021 Individual Sessions

Participant Support Costs:  An Overview of Dos and Don’ts

Oct. 20, 2021  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Presenters

  • Jaquion Gholston, Associate Director of the Sponsored Accounting Office, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jennifer Rodis, Policy & Planning Analyst, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sonya Stern, MBA, CFRA, Director of Sponsored Project Administration, University of Vermont

Description

**This is a previously recorded NCURA webinar that originally aired on Aug. 2, 2021 .** 

Participant support costs require special treatment and clear communication throughout the award life cycle.  This webinar will help you understand what participant support costs are and why they are special.  We will discuss the rules and regulations governing participant support costs.  We will talk about how to budget, set up, and manage participant support costs.  We will also touch on audit considerations. So, if there have been instances where you’ve struggled to confidently validate the allowability of participant support cost or if you could simply use a refresher on the fundamentals, then the Participant Support Costs webinar is for you. No matter if you reside in pre, post, or the department, this webinar will provide you with the knowledge and fundamental framework needed to manage participant support costs going forward.


Registration

Required via FocusU

Common Closeout Issues

Nov. 16, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Presenters

  • Teri McCort, manager, Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance
  • January Johnson, senior sponsored projects accountant (SPA team 1 lead), Sponsored Projects Accounting
  • Brandon Davis, senior sponsored projects accountant (SPA team 2 lead), Sponsored Projects Accounting
  • Matt Duffey, sponsored projects accountant (SPA team 3 lead), Sponsored Projects Accounting

Description

Looking to avoid the last minute frenzy?  You can!  In this session, SPA’s Team Leads will review issues that are commonly uncovered during a final sponsored award closeout reconciliation.  We will touch base on what steps can be taken to proactively manage the issues, what strategies are available to help resolve issues at the last minute, and what risks we face.  Open discussion among the participants will be encouraged so that peers can share departmental processes and procedures that they find helpful. 

Registration

Required via FocusU

Preparing Small Business Plans and How We Report

Dec. 6, 2021 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Presenters

  • Jesse Posset, procurement specialist, Procurement Services

  • Autumn Slobe, principal sponsored projects accountant, Sponsored Projects Accounting

Description

This session will provide an overview of the process of preparing Small Business Plans/Goals at the time of proposal and give an overview of the Small Business Reporting process done by SPA.  We will also review an upcoming update to the Individual Subcontract Plan Goals Attachment used by the Business Managers when preparing plans.  This session is highly recommended if your department receives federal contracts.

Registration

Required via FocusU