RAFT expands to introduce forum, level two training series

raft_spring(2)RAFT—UF’s Research Administration & Financials Training program sponsored by the Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants—has announced an expanded line-up of training and professional development opportunities for 2016, including a new quarterly forum and a second-level series of training that builds on the level one training provided to the program’s inaugural cohort last fall.

RAFT Forum

The RAFT forum is a new quarterly meeting designed to create a bridge between the core offices and the UF research community. These sessions will cover special topics of interest, while also providing an open channel for solutions, contacts and information targeted to the needs of UF sponsored programs. No registration is required. The first meeting will be an open forum for gathering input and soliciting potential topics for the upcoming sessions.

1/19/16 Open Forum HPNP G-114 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Live meeting link
2/12/16 RAFT Forum HPNP G-114 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Live meeting link

RAFT Level Two Training Series

The RAFT Level Two Training Series is a new program for research administrators and other staff who support sponsored programs at UF. The Level Two series begins in March and will feature classes covering the full range of topics across sponsored programs management. Sessions will run on a monthly basis. Enrollment will available in the myTraining system starting Jan. 8.

3/03/16 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Finding Funding & Limited Opportunities HRS Room 120
4/12/16 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Solicitation Review & Proposal Development HRS Room 120

RAFT Workshop

This special half-day workshop is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the core offices that provide ancillary support to sponsored programs and other campus business officers who may not directly perform sponsored programs activities. Attend this workshop to gain an understanding of the sponsored project lifecycle, as well as the overarching principles, rules and regulations that govern sponsored projects administration. Enrollment will available in the myTraining system starting Jan. 8.

2/18/16 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 1/2 Day Workshop Sunshine Skyway


RAFT Level One Cohort

The following individuals have been selected for the Spring 2016 RAFT Level One Cohort:

Member Name Department or Division
Angela Newsome Emerging Pathogens Institute
Katherine (Katie) Snyder Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment
Devin Perry School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Emerito Ramos CLAS Shared Services Center
Brittney Shealy Nephrology
Linda Sorrels Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jennifer Rinabarger Department of Medicine
Melanie Hill Fifield Shared Services Center
Cassandra Watkins Chemistry
Marcia Colson Physics
Nicole Barbier Electrical & Computer Engineering
Robert Stokes Florida Museum of Natural History
Alejandro Henao Department of Urology
Christina Collingwood Family, Youth, and Community Sciences
Christopher J. Polny Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
Stephanie McGrail Hematology/Oncology
Debbie Stowell College of Pharmacy
Sara Keith Physiological Sciences
Stefanie Jones Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Sarah Albury Biomedical Engineering
Nicole Bristow Psychiatry