S.P.A.C.E. Curriculum Requirements

Spring 2024 Course Details

Course Dates: January 16, 2024 through April 2, 2024
Capacity: 60
Microcredential tracks: Fundamentals and Advanced
Course Completion Time: 6 months (minimum) to 18 months (maximum)

Getting Started

Participants must FIRST select and enroll in one of the three microcredential tracks:

  • SPACE100 - Fundamentals
  • SPACE300 - Advanced
  • SPACE Adv-Core


Each track requires participants to complete ALL *applicable* modules within 18 months from the start of the first module to receive a microcredential. There is no charge to participants or their departments for enrollment into the program.

Once participants enroll in their preferred track, they must then enroll in all applicable classes, as listed in the Office for Research Course Registration System and outlined below. Upon completion, the S.P.A.C.E. Program will be marked “finished” and credit will be applied to the participant's transcript to show achievement. Participants can also register for only those modules that fit their training needs; however, no micro-credential will be offered, and enrollment will be subject to availability.


S.P.A.C.E. Prerequisite (SPACE 101)

This half-day (4 hour) module is mandatory for all participants enrolled in the course. The first hour will offer an overview of the Office for Research and the role of each unit in providing services to the university research administration community. The Research and Sponsored Programs team will then provide an overview of proposal basics, budget preparation, compliance, negotiation, and non-financial requirements. Also covered in this segment will be an overview of corporate sponsored awards support; specifically, corporate research contract review, negotiation and lifecycle management support provided by the Research Contract Services team. The Research Financial Services team will then provide an overview of central financial accounting functions and post-award administration support services for the university’s sponsored programs and other restricted funds, including the coordination of effort certification processes. This segment will also include a brief overview of project reconciliations, award specifics, closeouts, effort certification, and cost transfers.

  • SPACE101 - Introduction to Sponsored Programs
S.P.A.C.E. Fundamentals (SPACE 100)

The fundamentals modules will provide a basic overview of the various components of research administration, specifically the initial stages of the lifecycle of sponsored programs. Information covered will include pre-award, post-award and contracts administration. These instructor-led three-hour modules are offered to assist newly hired employees, existing employees assuming a new role, or those serving in any other entry level research administration capacity with learning the basics about conducting research at Rutgers.

  • SPACE110 - Fundamentals of Lifecycle of Sponsored Programs - Pre-Award Administration
  • SPACE120 - Fundamentals of Lifecycle of Sponsored Programs - Post-Award Administration
  • SPACE130 - Fundamentals of Lifecycle of Sponsored Programs - Contracts
S.P.A.C.E. Advanced / *Adv Core (SPACE300)

The advanced modules will offer a deep dive view into the life cycle of sponsored programs with an added focus on budget preparation. These instructor-led 2-3 hour modules are offered to assist managers, administrators and those serving in any supervisory level research administration capacity with understanding the various intricacies of conducting research at Rutgers. It will be assumed that those registered for this track have substantial knowledge and proven skills in the subject areas.

  • SPACE310 - Advanced Sponsored Programs - Pre-Award Administration: A Closer Look (3 hours)
  • SPACE311 - Advanced Budget Preparation: A Closer Look (2 hours)
  • SPACE320 - Advanced Sponsored Programs - Post-Award Administration: A Closer Look (3 hours

*SPACE Adv Core - Requires completion of only the above three classes, provided the SPACE100 Fundamentals has already been accomplished.

S.P.A.C.E. Supplemental Modules

Mandatory for all participants to complete the course: These instructor-led, 2-3 hour modules are offered to foster a greater level of understanding and overall awareness of the university policies and procedures as they pertain to sponsored programs. Topics covered will range from uniform guidance, RAPSS overview, export control, compliance, risk management, intellectual property, and corporate engagement.

  • SPACE200 - Uniform Guidance (3 hours)
  • SPACE205 - Introduction to RAPSS (2 hours)
  • SPACE210 - Research Compliance (2 hours)
  • SPACE220 - Export Controls (2 hours)
  • SPACE230 - Risk Management/Privacy & Ethics (2 hours)
  • SPACE240 - Intellectual Property (2 hours)
  • SPACE260 - Creating and Communicating Public Trust in Research (2 hours)
  • SPACE270 - Research Data Handling and Management and Security (2 hours)
  • SPACE280 - Safe and Inclusive Research Environments (2.5 hours)

Required Modules to Receive a Microcredential:

SPACE100 Fundamentals: 12 modules

SPACE300 Advanced: 11 modules

SPACE Adv Core: 3 modules (must have previously completed SPACE100 Fundamentals)

End of Course Evaluation

As part of the course completion requirements, registrants will be asked to complete an online comprehensive end-of-course assessment. This assessment is a valuable tool used to gauge learners’ retention, knowledge, and skills of content covered. It will also be used to foster a greater level of learner preparedness and overall program success. Registrants must receive at least a 70% to complete the course. The assessment will be administered shortly after the final class.

Attendance Policy

Our attendance policy allows for one absence per semester. If the absence has been communicated with one of the training program managers, the class has been or is dropped 24 hours in advance, and the participant does not appear as a no-show on the attendance roster for the missed class, they may be excused. However, this excusal will be contingent upon the individual’s ability to pass the assessment at the end of the course. If accomplished, the micro-credential may be issued. Missing more than one class will exclude participants from this exception.

While we strongly encourage participants to complete each module within the course, we also understand that things happen and want to ensure that we allow for as much fairness and flexibility as possible.