The Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) program is a comprehensive certified training program developed by the UCSB Office of Research to meet UCSB's research administration needs. The program's goals are to improve campus understanding of regulations, policies, and procedures; to strengthen internal controls; and to provide staff members with access to key resources and contacts when they need assistance.

STAR Class Schedule

The program is designed for employees with duties and responsibilities related to contract and grant administration. Participants are welcome to take one or several courses in areas of particular interest to them—or they may opt to earn
a certificate in the STAR program.
The certificate program offers 11 required courses. This year the courses are provided in one series, offered from February through September. To earn a certificate, you must take all 11 classes. Staff members who wish to earn a STAR Program Certificate must complete the coursework in one or two years from the date they begin the course series. If the completion of your certificate was impacted by COVID-19, we will allow for special considerations based on your certificate start date & that some classes were cancelled at the end of 2020.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link. The Zoom Registration link is located within the Description course of UCLC & under the URL field in Additional Information section.

If you want to confirm the classes you still need to complete the certificate, please do the following: Log into the Learning Center fo to Self then click on Learning then Training Schedule & finally select Complete to see what classes you have attended. Any classes taken in 2019 will count towards your certificate completion. Furthermore, any classes taken in 2020 will also count towards completion of a certificate in 2021.

For more information about Sponsored Projects training courses and opportunities, please send an email to training@research.ucsb.edu


1. Overview of Contract and Grant Administration (2 hours)

This introductory course provides an overview of the administration of sponsored projects at UCSB and lays the foundation for later courses. Topics covered are campus research rankings, the Office of Research infrastructure and role, shared responsibilities, the general legal principles and policies that guide research activities, resources to help locate and secure extramural funding, and tools, such as the Office of Research website.

Offered: Wednesday, February 10, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: George Hopwood & Andrea Stith

Powerpoint & Handout:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


2. Cost Principles and Cost Accounting Standards (2 hours)

This course covers the primary federal regulation governing what costs may be included in proposal budgets and charged to contracts and grants: OMB Circulars A-21 and A-110, which now all fall under Uniform Guidance.

Offered: Wednesday, March 03, 2021; 9am-11:00am

Instructors: Tyler Clark & Jim Corkill

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


3. Proposal Budget Preparation (2 hours)

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the components of a proposal budget, including salary and benefit costs, equipment, participant support, supplies, and indirect cost calculation. This course will also include interactive
exercises for preparation of proposal budgets and an overview of Academic employment titles.

Offered: Wednesday, March 17, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Rebecca Eggeman, Jessica Ajao & Joanna Kettmann

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


4. Introduction to Proposal Submission (2 hours)

This course provides basic overview of instructions on preparing a proposal, securing the appropriate approvals, and submitting to the funding agency. Topics covered are eligibility to serve as principal investigator, types of proposals, interpretation of sponsor guidelines, completion of both sponsor application forms and internal campus forms and proposal revisions. This course will also include an overview on the use of the ORBiT Database.

Offered: Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Hilda Vasquez & Amanda Hart

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


5. Business Contracts and Subawards (2 hours)

This course focuses on how to determine the difference between subawards and business contracts and the process for establishing both types of agreements. Sponsored Projects will discuss the process of how to propose, establish, maintain, modify and close a subaward. Procurement Services will update you on the system changes happening with business contracts and PO’s. We will present on topics pertinent to planning conferences and events, business contracts, professional service agreement, facility use permits, university insurance requirements and signature delegation.

Offered: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Daniela Gallardo, Lisa King & Calli Price

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


6. Negotiation and Acceptance of Awards and Gifts (1.5 hours)

This course focuses on the various actions and issues that arise during the
period between the submission of a proposal and the award of a contract or grant, and covers the roles of the key players of the University and the Sponsors, denial and withdrawal of proposals, pre-award costs, revised budgets,
requests for approvals to spend (RAS), content of award terms, campus award processing, and an overview of the UCSB award synopsis. This course will also cover how to identify a gift from a grant and what to do if you receive a gift.

Offered: Wednesday, June 02, 2021; 9:00am-10:30am

Instructors: Jenny Chavira & Melissa Waver

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


7. Financial Management (2 hours)

This course addresses the financial aspects of administering an extramural award. Financial topics reviewed are direct costing, re-budgeting, cost transfers, overdrafts and balances, close-out procedures and reports, and Effort Reporting.

Offered: Wednesday, July 14, 2021; 9:00-11:00am

Instructors: Tyler Clark & Jim Corkill

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


8. Post-Award Administration (2 hours)

This course addresses several aspects of post-award administration and will include presentations from selected campus representatives. Topics are award set-up, department responsibilities, obtaining campus approvals for post- award actions, travel, equipment management and reporting requirements, and closeout.

Offered: Wednesday, June 23, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Vaughn Boyle & Alycia Lewis

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


9. Research Administration and Compliance I (2 hours)

This course addresses the research administration compliance environment, including federal and state conflict of interest regulations, significant compliance risks in research administration, research misconduct, export control, and insider tips/preparing for an audit, the UC Whistleblower Policy, and real-life examples of university research compliance issues.

Offered: Wednesday, August 11, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Barry Rowan & Brian McCurdy and Antonio Manas-Melendez & Darrel Paskett from Audit Services

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


10. Research Compliance II (2 hours)

This course provides a brief overview of human subjects, animal subjects and stem cell use in research and Responsible conduct of Research (RCR).

Offered: Wednesday, August 25, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Melodie Blakemore & Sean Mayuga

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


11. Working with Industry and Intellectual Property (2 hours)

This course focuses on the unique challenges of working with the industrial sector and the tools available at the University to facilitate that work. Topics covered are research agreements, gifts, material transfer agreements,
confidentiality agreements, consulting, basic intellectual property, and related UC policies. This course will also provide an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at intellectual property. The course will cover the basic principles of intellectual property as well as the characteristics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The course will also provide an overview of the technology transfer process at UCSB.

Offered: Wednesday, September 15, 2021; 9:00am-11:00am

Instructors: Sherylle Mills Englander, Kevin Stewart, Cara Winnewisser & Jenna Nakano

Powerpoints & Handouts:  You can choose to print for note-taking.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses. Please note that registration within UCLC will also require a separate registration via a specific ZOOM Registration Link.

A specific Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for the course.


Please note: the length of classes may vary slightly depending on questions, content, etc.