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Integrated Departmental Education for Administrators (IDEA) Program


Program Overview


The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Integrated Departmental Education for Administrators (IDEA) program is a comprehensive program developed to meet the research administration needs of our campus.  The curriculum includes traditional classes, interactive workshops and online instruction to enhance the learning experience.  The training program is divided into three content areas:  Fundamentals, Pre-Award, and Post-Award.


Program Goals

  • Increase assurance of compliance of state, federal, and university policies and procedures
  • Provide staff with training (and tools) for their role in grant administration
  • Improve research administration service to faculty

Pilot Program

The Pilot Program began on July 21 and will run for 10 weeks until September 25, 2014 with 19 participants representing the Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, & Pharmacy.  In addiiton, there are representatives from the Biomedical Informatics Center, Hollings Cancer Center, SCTR, Offices of Research Development & Grants & Contracts Accounting, the Departments of Cell & Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Neurosciences, OB/GYN, Pathology, Public Health Sciences, and Surgery. 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for staff involved in the administration of all aspects of research and sponsored projects that are funded by extramural or internal sources. 


Classes are team taught by subject matter experts from the University central offices and from various Colleges/Departments. 


There is no fee to attend the program.  By investing in the careers of its research administrators, MUSC seeks to increase their effectiveness and streamline the administrative process related to research administration. 


For more information, please contact Wanda Hutto at or Beth Hansell at 

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