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Page Updated: February 16th, 2021

The management and administration of sponsored programs is complex and must be carried out in compliance with UW policy, federal and state laws, sponsor requirements and award terms and conditions. UW Research Administrators must navigate policies, procedures, and systems in an effort to ensure that sponsored programs are appropriately managed while providing excellent customer service. The courses and resources below will help individuals understand and implement these responsibilities to ensure compliance and protect the university and faculty.

RED: Research-Education-Development is RSP's educational program for research administrators at the UW. RSP recognizes the time and effort needed to train and educate research administrators so in 2017 we completed a learner needs assessment and an analysis of current training opportunities. RSP is currently collaborating with campus subject matter experts in dean's offices and departments to ensure development of high quality and beneficial learning experiences through the RED program.

Through RED, we hope to provide a network of resources to staff, build competencies across campus, and promote efficiency and compliance in an open and inclusive training environment.

We currently have the following courses available for registration: RED Registration Here

  • Basic Introduction to Research Administration at the UW (On-Demand)
  • Effort 101 (On-Demand)
  • Effort 102 (On-Demand)
  • Proposal Preparation Workshop (including budgets)
  • Introduction to WISPER
  • Cayuse: Introduction to Federal Proposal Creation
  • Cayuse: Subawards and Multi-Project Proposals
  • Post Proposal Submission Requests (JIT)
  • The Award Setup Process
  • You Have a Project, Now What?
  • WISER for Grants Management
  • Cost-Transfers
  • Closeout
  • Sponsored Project Audits (On-Demand)

New RED Courses Coming Soon!

  • Post Award Management 1: Payroll, Purchasing, Travel, and Subawards
  • Cost-Share

Check here for more information as it becomes available. If you have questions or comments please contact Melanie Hebl, Education Coordinator in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office. or 608-890-3068

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RED Coaching Request

RED Coaching Request: Would you like a subject matter expert to come and demonstrate a skill for you? Would it be helpful for someone to show you how to use a particular system or tool? Are you looking to have a few research administration questions answered? Let the RED program help find you someone to answer your questions.

RED HOT Topic Discussion Groups

RED hosts periodic discussion groups covering hot topics in research administration. These sessions typically consist of a brief presentation by a subject matter expert and include a lot of time for Q/A and group discussion. These opportunities promote networking with UW-Madison colleagues while learning about important issues in the field. If you have a topic that you would like discussed in the future, please submit it for consideration.

RED Course Materials

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RED Course Facilitators
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Jennifer Cox Bell
Research and Sponsored Programs
Grants and Contract Specialist
Kelly Belshaw
Research & Sponsored Programs
Effort Administrator
Benjamin Biltz
Research & Sponsored Programs
Information Processing Consultant
Becky Bound
Carbone Cancer Center
Senior Research Administrator
Shelly Earl
Research and Sponsored Programs
Grants System Business Analyst
Brenda Egan
Research & Sponsored Programs
Financial Program Manager
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Kyle Everard
Research & Sponsored Programs
Audit Coordinator
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Sandy Fowler
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Assistant Dean
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Melanie Hebl
Research & Sponsored Programs
Education Coordinator
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Angie Johnson
Research & Sponsored Programs
Non-Federal Accounting Manager
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Amy ES Kuehn
School of Veterinary Medicine
Assistant Director
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Allison Lynch
Research and Sponsored Programs
Senior Grants and Contract Specialist
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Tammy Kuhn Martin
College of Engineering
Assistant Dean
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Nick Novak
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Jennifer Rodis Photo
Jennifer Rodis
Research & Sponsored Programs
Policy/Planning Analyst
Christy Schulz Photo
Christy Schulz
School of Medicine & Public Health
Administrative Program Specialist
John Varda Photo
John Varda
College of Letters and Science
Assistant Dean
Effort and ECRT Related Trainings

Effort must be reported and certified for all individuals who receive salary support from a sponsored project or who expend committed effort on a sponsored project regardless of receiving salary support from the sponsor.ECRT is an electronic web-based Effort Certification and Reporting Technology System tool that facilitates effort certification and reporting at the UW. Learn more here.

Web-based Effort Trainings

EC 101 - Effort Coordinator Training

Additional Training Powerpoints (WISER, Outgoing Subs, Training Grants)


  • WISPER 101 - This session is for those wishing to learn the basics of WISPER, the electronic routing system for extramural applications and agreements on the UW campus. This introductory session will highlight basic navigation, how to create and route documents on campus, and how to use the worklist functions of WISPER. Powerpoint
  • WISPER 201 - This advanced session is for users of WISPER who need to master the approvals and project set up functions in WISPER. Powerpoint

WISER for Grants Management