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Contracts and Grants Certification Program

The ORS Contracts and Grants Certification Program is a continuing education program created to assist the University of Hawaii (UH) research community to better understand the extramural proposal and award process at UH. The program was formerly a hybrid of in-person classes and online courses, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been converted to be fully accessible online. To access the course, go to Laulima (, then “Membership”, and look for “ORS Certification”. If you do not see it in your Laulima profile, please submit an ORS ticket at, and select the “Certification Program — Request Access” ticket type.


The following are the topics covered in the program:

  1. Certification Program and Research Administration Overview
  2. Contracts and Grants
  3. Extramural Project Accounting
  4. Financial & Administrative Compliance and Subawards
  5. Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) Finance
  6. RCUH Human Resources Process for UH Project Accounts
  7. Research Compliance and Risk Management


The program is best understood when modules are taken in order, but any module may be accessed for refresher purposes at any time.


Modules 2 through 7 are broken into sections, and each section has its own assessment. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request if you complete and pass all assessments with a score of 80% or higher. Assessment scores are good for one (1) year.


To request a certificate of completion, please submit an ORS ticket at, and select the “Certification Program — Issue Certificate” ticket type.


If you run into any problems with the online program, please submit an ORS ticket at, and use the “Other Issue” ticket type to report the issue.