The Office of Research Administration (ORA) eLearning series is designed to give both new and established researchers an introduction (or refresher) to sponsored projects management. *Please note: The eLearning series in Blackboard refer to ORA’s previous name (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, or ORSP).

ELearning Series at a Glance

  • ORA (ORSP) 101: The Grant Life Cycle

This first course in the series serves as an overview of the grant life cycle and an introduction to the following topics, which are covered in greater detail in subsequent courses:  Identification of Funding, Proposal Development, Proposal Preparation, Proposal Submission, Receipt of Award &Project Start-Up, Post-Award Management, and Award Close-Out.

  • ORA (ORSP) 102: The Pre-Award Process

The second course in the series takes researchers through the steps leading up to submission of a grant proposal to a sponsor, including: developing an idea into a viable grant opportunity, identifying potential funding sources, complying with regulations regarding the use of biohazards or human or animal subjects, preparing a proposal, obtaining campus approvals using PARS, and finally, submitting the proposal to the sponsor.

  • ORA (ORSP) 103: The Post-Award Process

This third course in the series begins with receipt of an award from a sponsor and ends with award closeout. The following topics will be covered: budget management (including monthly review), the hiring process, time and effort reporting, no-cost extensions, and compliance with federal regulations such as those set forth in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133.

  • ORA (ORSP) 104: Allowable Costs & Cost Transfers

This fourth course in the series delves deeper into researcher responsibilities regarding budget management. It covers OMB Circular A-21 principles for determining the allowability of costs on federally-sponsored projects and the process of transferring expenses to or from sponsored projects.

  • ORA (ORSP) 201A & 201B: Compliance

Ignorance of the law is never a viable excuse for non-compliance.  These two courses provide investigators with an overview of the federal regulations, and University of Maine System and University of Maine policies and procedures that govern sponsored research.

  • ORA (ORSP) 201A addresses funding accountability, use of human and/or animal subjects, recombinant DNA and/or infectious agents, and radioactive materials and/or lasers.
  • ORA (ORSP) 201B addresses intellectual property and export control regulations.
  • Export Control Regulations (ECR) Quick Course

The ECR Quick Course (PDF) allows investigators to quickly cover the basics of Export Control Regulations including implications of ECR on research activities.  Please use the link provided above to access the course.

 Accessing the eLearning Series in Blackboard

  1. Log in to Blackboard using your MaineStreet ID.
  2. Select the ‘Courses’ tab and search for ‘ORSP’.
  3. On the ‘Browse Course Catalog’ page, locate ‘Course ID’ in the lower table and click on the double arrow icon.
  4. Select ‘Enroll’ from within the box that appears.
  5. Confirm your course selection on the ‘Self-Enrollment’ page that next appears and click ‘submit’.
  6. When the ‘Action Successful’ message appears, click the ‘OK’ button in the lower right hand corner of the page.  This will take you to ORA’s (ORSP’s) eLearning Course Index.