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E2RA Course

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What is E2RA?

E2RA = Education & Excellence for Research Administrators.

E2RA is an amazing educational program on grants administration. 

It covers essential aspects of research administration related to Pre-Award & Compliance (overview of human subjects research and research compliance at large) and Post Award administration of grants.  The course supports research administrators, research managers and anyone who wants/needs to broaden and deepen their knowledge and their portfolio of skills related to grants administration, about the processes and systems we use at WCM for Pre-Award and Post Award administration and also about the best practices to follow at WCM.

The E2RA course is a fantastic learning platform for professional development in Research Administration at Weill Cornell Medicine that was first launched in the Spring 2016.

E2RA Curriculum: what are the topics covered during the course? 

The E2RA course covers two modules:

1/The Pre-Award & Compliance module: All about building up a grant + a budget + all about research compliance 

2/ The Post-Award module: all about managing a grant once awarded, from setting up a WBS, placing shopping carts, knowing when to request approval for effort variation, all the way to RPPR and FFR.

ALL details about the curriculum for E2RA Winter/ Spring 2021 can be found here: PDF icon E2RA_Winter-Spring2021-curriculum-schedule.pdf

Fundamentals E2RA course vs Advanced E2RA Course: What are the differences?

The E2RA course is offered in two great options: 

 Fundamentals E2RA course : If you want to get a detailed overview of grants administration from cradle to grave, + know all about research sponsors, grants application process, compliance, and post award management of awards + so much more, then the Fundamentals E2RA course is your go-to option. The Fundamentals E2RA course represents a time commitment of typically 1 E2RA session per week.

* Advanced E2RA course : If you want to get the detailed overview from the E2RA Fundamentals course + dive deep into complex budgets + know all about IACUC animal use protocol approval process + IRB human protocols approval process + calculations for Change of Funding and ADR + best practice for financial management of accounts, then the Advanced E2RA course is for you. The E2RA Advanced Course includes all the E2RA Fundamentals course sessions + all additional Advanced E2RA sessions and thus represent 2 sessions per week.


Why should you join the next E2RA course?


  • You want to enrich your knowledge about grants administration
  • You want to  better understand research administration at WCM
  • You want to develop new skills to perform your work responsibilities with efficiency and accountability 
  • You want to get new tools to better anticipate the next steps of administrative process associated to grants and awards
  • You want to support your PIs being successful in their research
  • You want to become the expert in your office and department ;-)

More on what can you expect from the E2RA course (only good stuff!)

  • You will gain new knowledge and new skills relevant to grants administration in general and also specifics to the processes at WCM.
  • You will get a bigger picture of a process relevant to grants administration and to be better at anticipating the role they play/will play in that process.
  • You will get the knowledge and skills that will help you to know what to do when they have a specific administration task to perform and where to find easily the information they need or the people they need for additional help.
  • You can expect to be challenged with calculations relevant to grants budgets, and grants post award management such as calculations associated to effort and ADR or re-budgeting situations.
  • You will be exposed to a lot of relevant material and accumulate a lot of E2RA material during the whole E2RA course
  • You will become more comfortable with understanding and performing tasks relevant to grants administration from pre-award to post-award management.
  • You will have the full support from the E2RA education manager to grow, do mistakes and understand.

To benefit the most from the E2RA course, it's best for you to:

  • Already have a little bit of exposure to grants applications/ grants administration before starting the E2RA course.
  • Have responsibilities associated with grants while taking the E2RA course or to be about to have these responsibilities to increase her/his engagement with the material covered during the E2RA course.
  • Have some basic math skills and excel skills before starting the E2RA course.
  • Be willing to learn new concepts and new skills. The E2RA course will challenge you to be engaged into learning, into practicing activities, and into using a large set of information to solve problems and exercises.
  • Know you can be attentive during remote sessions


** New best practice to participate remotely to the E2RA course:

    • Arrive on time and have your camera ON during the Zoom live sessions - even if your hair is messy!
    • Always arrive prepared with your preparatory work done as expected before the session: it can be a reading assignment, or watching video or prepare an exercise or answer some questions.
    • Be focused during the live E2RA sessions
    • Do your best to NOT engage in other activities (emails, Facebook…) even if it can be tempting.
    • Participate to all polls during sessions.
    • Answer questions in the chat box if necessary.
    • Participate to the breakout rooms activities.
    • Be responsive and collaborative with your pod members for activities and homework that will need to be completed on a regular basis throughout the course.

    The Final E2RA Graduation Ceremony:

    E2RA participants will obtain the E2RA Graduation Certificate during the Final E2RA Ceremony when they validate both the Pre-Award & Compliance module and the Post-Award module with a minimum grade of of 75/100 to the respective evaluations.


    --> Congratulations to the new E2RA Graduates from E2RA Fall 2020 Graduation Ceremony! Our E2RA Community encompasses now 170 graduates!

     E2RA Fall 2020 graduation ceremony

    --> Congratulations to all Graduates from E2RA Winter 2020, E2RA Cohort #11! 

    E2RA winter 2020 graduation ceremony

    --> Congratulations to all E2RA Graduates from E2RA Fall 2019, the E2RA Cohort #10

    E2RA Fall 2019 Graduates


    Interested to attend the next E2RA course?

    There is no E2RA course open for enrollment at the moment, but don't hesitate to email Helene Brazier-Mitouart, Education Manager at to indicate your interest or if you have any questions!



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