What a Departmental Administrator Needs to Know about Federal Contracts

(90 minutes) Departmental Administrators are often the key to successful management of federal contracts and sometimes they don’t even know it. They do it all – from the point of identifying a potential contract at the proposal stage, to managing to abide by the terms over the life of the award. The Departmental Administrator is often the central point of contact, supporting the transition from grant funded PI to contract funded PI with faculty.  The DRA also supports the central offices with the detailed knowledge and expertise needed at the local level. In this webinar, we will explore everything that a Departmental Administrator needs to know in working with federal contracts for sponsored projects. We will also do exercises and have time for questions.


Samantha J. Westcott, Sponsored Research Manager, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology
Angela White-Jones, Director, Master of Research Administration (MRA) Program and the Graduate Certificate in Research Administration Programs, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida 

Level: Intermediate

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Member Price: $99
Non-Member Price: $118

  • Participants will learn the basic differences between grants and contracts. 
  • Participants will explore pitfalls to avoid in dealing with federal contracts. 
  • Participants will leave with some best practices in managing federal contracting funding from the Request for Application (RFA) through to Closeout and Audit.

Samantha Westcott

Research Administrator

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Angela White-Jones

Master of Research Administration (MRA) Program and the Graduate Certificate in Research Administration Programs, School of Public Administration

University of Central Florida

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