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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                                                                    

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.

Pilot Program

MUSC awarded eighteen staff members an IDEA Certificate of Completion at the Awards Ceremony on September 30, 2014.  The 10-week pilot program ran from July to September.  Pilot participants attended 15 classes, completed 15 quizzes and provided feedback – content accuracy, subject thoroughness, as well as, offer suggestions about the overall teaching environment.

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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