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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 goals of this program are to increase assurance of compliance of state, federal, and university policies and procedures, provide staff with training (and tools) for their role in grant administration, and improve research administration service to faculty.  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.

Application Process

The IDEA program is designed for staff, through an application process,  involved in the administration of all aspects of research and sponsored projects that are funded by extramural or internal sources.  Applications for the Fall 2015 program will be available in May 2015.

Meet our Instructors

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

Pipeline for Research Administrators

Now, for the first time, MUSC Research Administrators have a Pipeline that contains a comprehensive set of policies and procedures, tips and tricks, templates and contacts, and other pertinent information required to prepare proposals, obtain sponsor funding and manage successful awards.


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