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New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding
PRIM&R’s Primer on the Revised Common Rule

How Research Offices Can Approach NSF Broader Impacts Requirements
Speaker: Susan Renoe, Director, Broader Impacts Network, University of Missouri
Broader Impacts (BI) has been part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) merit review process for many years, yet for a number of researchers it still seems like an impossible challenge. Institutions across the U.S. have recognized the need to provide support for researchers in the area of BI; and NSF is working to build capacity across institutions and among individual PIs through their support of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts. This presentation will highlight the current state of BI among researchers and institutions, and best practices for approaching BI requirements in NSF applications.

NSF Fundamentals Workshop
This workshop will provide a primary basis of understanding of proposals to and awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with available handouts.

The program is perfect for someone new to research administration, as well as for research administrators seeking to expand their knowledge of federal funding agencies. The curriculum provides an overview of the policies and procedures essential to preparing successful proposals to and managing grant awards from NSF. Major content areas to be covered include:

  • NSF overall structure, culture, and organization;
  • Developing NSF proposals;
  • The merit review process;
  • Post-award administration;
  • Tips and tricks

International Opportunities with Cultural Vistas
Cultural Vistas offers a myriad of opportunities for students and researchers to study and work abroad. Program Officer Ruth Conkling will  offer some insights on developing successful applications. She will also discuss the positive impacts and benefits of cultural/scholar exchange for American students and institutions of higher education.
The meeting was held September 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET


Finding Success with NIH AREA (R15) Grants

NIH’s popular Academic Research and Enhancement Award (AREA) program is specifically designed for institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support (not more than $6 million over the last seven years). During this webinar, Dr. Zhang will provide an overarching view of the AREA program within the NIMHD, and best practices for submitting a competitive proposal. Dr. Duren-Winfield will provide insight on her experiences and best practices with obtaining and managing an AREA.

The meeting was held August 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


Using the Humanities to the Explore the Military Experience
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers unique opportunities for colleges and universities to use the humanities to explore the military experience and to engage with their military and local communities. Program Officer Victoria Sams will discuss NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War program and other NEH opportunities. She will be joined by awardees from two GRC institutions, Governors State University and Appalachian State University, who will speak about their projects and the process of putting together their funded proposals.

  • Victoria Sams, Program Officer, NEH
  • Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University (Ill.)
  • Rosemary Johnsen, Professor, Governors State University (Ill.)
  • Appalachian State University (N.C.)–speakers TBD

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Finding Success with an NIH R01                            

Karen Briski, professor at the University of Louisiana Monroe, is her university’s first ever recipient of a five-year, $1.7 million Research Project Grant (Parent R01) from the National Institutes of Health. During this webinar, Dr. Briski will discuss her grant, awarded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and how it may one day contribute great insight on how the medical community will treat Type-1 diabetes. She will also provide insight on her experiences and best practices with trying to obtain an R01 award.

The meeting was held September 21, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET


Finding Success with USDA’s Rural Development Program

Program Director Colin Cain will tell us about the role he played as an awardee for the USDA Rural Development programs at UTRGV. He will share proposal best practices and the do’s and don’ts of the submission process.

The meeting was heldSeptember 26, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Handouts: Rural Development Program

Communication Strategies For International Collaborations Throughout The Sponsored Projects Lifecycle (SPL)

Global diversity and international collaboration has become vital to the Research Community. These new collaborations require extra thought, planning, and sensitivity starting at the proposal submission stage and lasting through the final compliance obligations.  Federal regulations and grant terminology may not be common place for institutions in developing countries.  Research-intensive non-US institutions may have their own culture when negotiating contracts that require heightened sensitivity from US counterparts.  This webinar will focus on the important role of communication, both verbal and written, throughout the lifecycle of a sponsored project.

Managing Sponsored Research Risk In An International Environment

NCURA, in Cooperation with our Silver Year Long Contributing Partner Baker Tilly, brings you this must see educational program on Managing Risk in an International Environment.

90 Minutes: Join representatives from Johns Hopkins University, Jhpiego (an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins), and Baker Tilly to discuss international research risks and considerations.

Data Transfer And Use Agreements (DTUAs)

In the current era of Big Data, sharing of and access to research data have become integral to our faculty’s research programs.  Federal agencies have recognized the importance of resource and data sharing to enhance the ultimate value of Federally-funded research and have implemented (and continue to implement) various data sharing policies and requirements.  Many types of research data may be shared freely between research institutions; however, in certain scenarios or for certain types of data, the involved parties must first enter into an agreement to govern the transfer and use of the data.

This session will cover the factors to be considered in determining whether an agreement is needed, the core elements of a Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA), and additional terms that should be added for a few common data types.  This session will also touch upon regulatory developments that are leading to increases in the volume of this type of agreement.

Part I: Public Access: Practical Ways To Assist Faculty To Comply With Public Access Policies

This webinar will provide an overview on the resources that are available to assist faculty with adhering to federal public access policies for data publications, and provide resources to promote proper data management during all stages of the research lifecycle. We’ll explore the services that may be readily available within your own institutions, and additional resources that could easily be implemented. Audience: Research Administrators, grants managers, librarians, research administration leadership, and others who work directly with faculty.

Award Monitoring/Award Management

The fifth offering in the Life Cycle of the Award Series is two, two hour long parts. The webinars focus on award management strategies and techniques for both the central and departmental research administrator tasked with financial oversight of sponsored awards. This workshop will focus on what to look for during award initiation and award close out, as well as discuss strategies for how the research administrator can best support the PI during the period of performance to maximize award spending, while effectively managing risk. Furthermore, this online workshop will review some perennial hot topics such as cost transfers, subaward monitoring, cost sharing and effective and efficient award close outs.

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The final offering of the Life Cycle of the Award Series is in two parts on May 10th and May 16th from 2:00 – 4:00pm Eastern Time each day. The webinars feature discussion of a variety of compliance topics essential to the knowledge of every research administrator. This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of institutional committee review for biosafety, human research participants, and animal research, as well as export compliance, conflict of interest, and research misconduct. True-life examples will highlight the importance of knowing where to find expertise and resources at your institution and beyond, creating a “compliance network”.

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Award Negotiation and Acceptance

The Award Negotiation and Acceptance webinar is a three-part series that focuses on negotiating with a sponsor, identifying problematic contract terms and conditions, and navigating solutions that will satisfy both your sponsor and your institution.

Part I begins with an overarching discussion of general negotiation and contracting principles. Part I also addresses issues of institutional culture and other concerns that may influence how you approach a contract negotiation.

Part II continues with a session on the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), specifically addressing how the FARs operate, FAR clauses that require special attention, and when FAR clauses may have alternatives that are more acceptable to universities.

Part III focuses on contracting with private sector and international sponsors. Building on Parts I and II, topics will include the major differences between Federal contracts and industry or international contracts, especially thorny terms and conditions, and the unique considerations that come into play if you work at a public university, a private university, or a non-profit organization.

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Pre-Award Budgeting

Are you ready to start building your sponsored project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your grant or contract is daunting for you, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.An effective budget can be a productive tool in driving towards your goals for the entire life of the project. We also need to ensure that we have the funds needed to complete the project successfully and do not to leave resources on the table. This 3 part session will walk through the development of a project budget including: what costs need to be covered, categorization of budget costs by differing sponsors, utilizing the appropriate rates as required and more.

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Proposal Development

The Proposal Development video webinar is a three part series that covers the essentials of proposal development from inception through submission. Part I begins with proposal planning and review of the project and the application requirements. Part II continues with a session on the budget and justification and is completed with a session on preparation and submission. Part III will include discussion of proposal planning, logistics, financial and compliance considerations. There will be full series dedicated to budgeting later in the Life Cycle series.The panel will provide guidance for the proposal lifecycle. While some of the material will be basic and introductory, there will be additional details that will benefit experienced learners and will provide ample opportunities for discussion and training at institutions.

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NCURA: Compensation/Effort Reporting Internal Controls Throughout the Lifecycle of a Sponsored Project

The Uniform Guidance emphasizes the importance of strong internal controls, especially in the documentation of personnel costs. Research Administrators interface with personnel costs throughout the lifecycle of a sponsored project, so considerations for internal control development should focus on more than just the after-the-fact reporting process. The presenters will explore compensation/effort reporting internal controls with a focus on all aspects spanning from the initial development of a proposal through closeout of a sponsored award. This webinar will briefly cover the Uniform Guidance requirements for the documentation of personnel costs and then focus on key areas that deserve attention when developing and testing internal controls, applicable to both traditional effort reporting and alternative methodologies.

NCURA: Financial Research Compliance

A professional development opportunity that focuses primarily on the financial regulatory compliance aspects of Research Administration. This workshop provides an in-depth look at financial compliance issues through a combination of lecture, case studies, review of Federal audit reports, and a discussion of best practices.

Export Control: The Basics Research Administrators Need to Know

The U.S. export control regulations are about sensitive research…and so much more.  Export controls has an expansive impact across an institution, requiring support from departments across the board from Research Compliance to Human Resources and Purchasing.  Compliance with these federal regulations is a critical component of an effective university research administration program.

In this webinar, we’ll walk through the framework behind the three core government agencies and their export control regulations:  Department of Commerce (Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations.

NCURA: Growing a Grant Seeking Culture in the Arts and Humanities

Many faculty members within the arts and humanities are not aware of the sponsored funding opportunities available, and therefore do not pursue external resources. Other faculty members may be aware of grants and fellowships, but reluctant to put time and energy toward proposal writing in light of their many other academic commitments or preconceived notions of what a grant can fund. How can we support researchers and artists who may be completely new to pursuing funding opportunities? In the same vein, how can we persuade hesitant faculty of the benefits of submitting proposals? This webinar will offer concrete examples of best practices to promote, support, and sustain a grant-seeking culture in the arts and humanities. We will discuss:

  • Outreach to and strategic programming for arts and humanities faculty who are new to, or hesitant about pursuing sponsored funding for their research activities and creative work;
  • Best practices for disseminating funding opportunity announcements and newsletters to this broad, often multidisciplinary, audience;
  • Examples of proposal development tools for arts and humanities faculty; and
  • Providing support throughout the grant lifecycle for faculty and staff in these departments.

NCURA: Upping Your Game: Strategies to Maximize Opportunities While Managing Risk in Pre-Award Research Administration

With Federal funding rates around 20%, depending on the agency and program, and institutional resources sparse, it’s important to maximize opportunities while reducing risk and administrative burden at our institutions.  This webinar builds on best practices for analyzing funding trends and building research portfolios that maximize opportunities for success.  Coupled with tips on developing proposal components designed to sell the project, while implementing effective strategies for ensuring compliant, competitive proposals, this webinar is intended for those wanting to up their game when it comes to developing and submitting competitive proposals.

Last updated: 9/9/2020