Research Administration & Financials Training (RAFT)



RAFT Training Series

RAFT Certificate Now Available to All UF Research Administrators

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the availability of the new RAFT (Research Administration and Financials Training) certificate of completion. The certificate will be awarded to employees of UF/UF Health who complete the courses shown below.*  The RAFT certificate sequence includes five online courses and nine instructor-led courses.

Instructor-led classes are offered monthly and registration is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To view RAFT training courses open for registration, please visit the HR Sponsored Programs Course Catalog. All RAFT training courses are available to employees working outside the Gainesville area via the Internet. To inquire about remote access, please contact Steve Slater.


* All course completions attained prior to May 2016 will be honored toward the RAFT certificate.

RAFT Forum

The RAFT forum is a 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.

Upcoming sessions will be announce through the UF Research Listserv. The current schedule can also be found here.

RAFT Level One Cohort

The Level One Cohort is designed for employees with 18 months or fewer of grants management experience. The cohort is a thirteen-session classroom series that will provide a thorough introduction to all aspects of sponsored programs management at UF.

In addition, the RAFT Level One Cohort is designed to foster peer relationships within the grants community. Each cohort will be kept to a minimum number of participants to ensure networking and relationship building. Program participants will also be paired with senior research administrators, who can provide guidance and assistance throughout the program. Participants who successfully complete the series will be awarded a certificate of completion. Click here to view the current level one cohort schedule.

Additional Training Courses

Additional Sponsored Research Training, including mandatory courses in Effort Management and Cost Principles, the PRO3 fiscal management series, Award Management and more can be found HERE.

The College of Medicine Research Administration & Compliance (RAC) Office provides training that address Health Science Center Research Billing Compliance.

Other Online Help

Additional online resources to assist in using research systems and processing proposals, awards, and transactions is available at the Toolkits page at: