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Workshops & Training

Office of the Vice President for Research Development Events

Check back here often as event details are updated! Questions about any development events? Contact Amy Harris-Tehan, researcher development coordinator.

Navigating the Compliance Process 101


Sarah Kaatz, Director of the Office for Responsible Research

Brooke Langlitz, Director of the Office for Research Integrity

Mary Sauer, ISU Attending Veterinarian

Rob Shipley, Director of Laboratory Animal Resources

January 25, 1:30 – 3 pm

Memorial Union Campanile Room

This short presentation will give you a quick overview of regulations that must be followed to conduct research ethically and responsibly. The majority of the session will explain ISU processes that are relevant to these regulations, resources for faculty and staff, and some things to consider throughout the lifecycle of a research project.  This presentation will be most beneficial for faculty and staff who are new to ISU or who have moved into a new lab, position, or area of research, or new Principal Investigators.



Project Management for Grant Coordinators and Administrative Staff

Presenters: Grants Hub staff

February 7, 9 – 11 am

Memorial Union Campanile Room

Have you heard "plan the work, then work the plan?" This seminar will help you make that happen by defining and delve into the five stages of project management, with a specific focus on managing sponsored research. We will identify key qualities of successful project managers and offer resources for grant coordinators to sharpen those qualities. Those attending will receive a list of checklists, templates, and software resources to help manage sponsored research projects of any size. The training is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research and presented by Grants Hub staff.



Finding Foundation Funding and What to do Once You’ve Found a Match


Donna Van Pelt, Senior Director of Development, ISU Foundation

Sue Shipitalo, Grants Hub

Katie Princehouse, ISU Foundation

March 2, 3 – 4:30 pm

Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall

Attendees at this session will learn how to strategically search for foundation funding using the Foundation Directory Online and other sources. This session will inform you about the next steps to take once a match is found, as well as the university resources available to you to assist with completion of your submission. The event will be beneficial to all faculty and staff who are interested in funding smaller projects or diversifying their funding sources.



NSF CAREER Awards: Best Practices and Mock Review


Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group (previous NSF program director)

Dipali Sashital, Assistant Professor, BBMB (2016 NSF CAREER awardee)

Rebecca Flint, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy (2015 NSF CAREER awardee)

Maria Salas Fernandez, Associate Professor, Agronomy (2012 NSF CAREER awardee)

March 7, 1:30 – 3 pm

Memorial Union Campanile Room

The goal of the prestigious NSF CAREER Grant is to help promising researchers “build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.” Writing a successful CAREER proposal requires clear articulation of long-term research and education goals that are cohesive and well integrated. A former NSF program director will give a brief presentation, and then recent CAREER grant awardees from Iowa State will share their experiences from the proposal development process, including their plans for broader impacts, evaluation, and other program requirements. Panelists will also share their proposal reviews so attendees can gain a better understanding of what the NSF looks for in a proposal. This session will be most beneficial for third- or fourth-year faculty who have begun to establish their research interests.



Federal Statistical Research Data Centers: Opportunities for Researchers to Use Restricted Access Data

Opening Remarks: Dr. Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research (Iowa State University)


Florence Honoré, Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business (Iowa State University)

John E. Anderson, Baird Family Professor of Statistics, Executive Director Central Plains Research Data Center (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

David Frisvold, Associate Professor of Economics (University of Iowa)

Robert Belli, Professor of Psychology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Jinyoung Lee, PhD student in Survey Research and Methodology (UNL)

March 30, 9 am – 4:00 pm

Memorial Union Gallery Room

Restricted data are non-public data collected by U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies that contain information that could compromise the confidentiality of survey respondents or institutions, or is sensitive by nature. Projects using restricted access data regularly appear in top-tier academic publications and have spurred subsequent research using administrative datasets from other countries. This day-long workshop will feature several speakers from ISU and surrounding institutions about how these data can be used by faculty in the social sciences. Registration is limited, so register early!


Broader Impacts Workshop

Presenters: Faculty Panel

Grants Hub staff

April 4, 8:30 am – noon

Memorial Union South Ballroom

Attendees will get practical tips and tools for how to develop broader impacts statements to incorporate in their proposals, meet potential community partners, and hear from other faculty who’ve built successful research programs based on their broader impacts work.


Building Awareness of Internal Threats to Research Programs: Tips from the FBI

Presenter: Special Agent Robert Georgi, FBI, Omaha Division

April 11, 10:30 am – noon

Memorial Union Campanile Room

Special Agent Georgi will provide an overview of insider security threat awareness and the importance of IT and physical security measures in the university setting. He will also touch on considerations surrounding export controlled technology and some appropriate security measures related to that topic. This event will be most beneficial to faculty and staff in the physical and life sciences such as engineering, biomedical, and plant sciences.



Managing Your Award:  25 of Your Most Common Questions, Hurdles and Roadblocks…Answered!


Yi Wu, Procurement Services

Troy Nichols, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Marc Peterson, Grants Hub

Tammy Polaski, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration

Dana Rewoldt, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

April 12, 9 – 11 am

Memorial Union Pioneer Room

This interactive seminar will walk you through the process of how a new award is set up at Iowa State.  Ample time will be provided to answer questions and address the basic financial and administrative processes around sponsored projects.  Attendees will learn about campus partners and resources available to them to help them navigate their post-award requirements.  The event will be most beneficial to early career faculty and newer staff who are currently managing awards.



Fall 2016 Events

Finding Funding with Pivot

Presenter: Kristin Culp, Pivot Representative

October 13, 9-11 a.m. (for researchers)

October 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m. (for grant coordinators and administrative staff)

301 Spedding Hall

Bring your laptop for this hands-on training to learn how to strategically use the Pivot research funding database. Using your own Pivot account, you will learn how to identify and connect with public and private funding opportunities and send funding alerts to your email. No previous Pivot experience necessary to participate in this training, but you will need to sign up for a Pivot account prior to the event.

The morning session will target researchers, while the afternoon session is reserved for grant coordinators and other administrative staff who want to search for funding opportunities on behalf of the faculty they support.

Register online:


Grant coordinators and administrative staff

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Grants Hub. 

Genie in a Bottle: The Microbiome in Health and Disease

October 20, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Alumni Center

At this symposium we will gather prominent microbiome and AMR experts spanning human, animal and plant sciences who will engage in and deliberate on the current state of the field. A light breakfast, lunch, and evening refreshments will be provided, along with ample opportunities to network with experts in the field. In addition, students and laboratories who have conducted prior work in this realm are encouraged to share their findings via a poster session.

Registration is available online. If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please send your poster title and a brief abstract (less than 100 words) to Guru Rao ( by October 10. 

Writing Winning Grant Proposals

Presenter: Dr. John Robertson, Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC

November 2, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Memorial Union South Ballroom

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing successful proposals. Principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing are emphasized, along with ‘how-to’ practical tips and strategies. Topics covered include idea development, maximizing programmatic relevance to the targeted agency, selecting the correct grant mechanism in which to package and present the idea, use of the review process to inform writing of the application, and how to write for reviewers. In addition, strategies for writing each part of the application are presented, along with examples that illustrate how each section should be crafted.


As a participant in this workshop, you will receive a comprehensive workbook tailored to your desired funding agency. There is a $75 cost associated with the workbook, which departments and colleges will cover. Please check with your department chair to obtain authorization to attend the workshop prior to submitting your registration.

Working in Interdisciplinary Teams

Presenter: Michelle Bennett, National Institutes of Health

November 4, 8:30 – 11:30

Memorial Union Pioneer Room

Dr. Michelle Bennett, author of “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide,” will share her expertise on working in interdisciplinary teams and provide practical tools and strategies for how to manage your team. This workshop will be targeted to existing and emerging teams across campus. The focus will be on managing expectations, skill building, and building trust. Case studies will be incorporated throughout.

Contact your department chair if you're interested in attending this workshop.

Proposal Budget Development

Presenter: Marc Peterson, Seth Wilmes, and Holly Mace, Grants Hub

November 9, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Memorial Union Pioneer Room

In this session you’ll learn about practical tools and strategies for developing your proposal budget according to funding agency requirements. Bring your laptop, your working budget and your questions to this hands-on workshop! Those planning to attend are encouraged to send us in advance any RFPs for proposals they are currently working on. If you have a working budget, please have it loaded on your laptop when you come to the workshop.



Navigating Congress and Federal Agencies

These workshops will explore how Congress and the Federal agencies interact with each other, and how they have an impact on research and science policy. We will discuss how both affect university research, and how best to navigate their procedures and cultures to get the best outcome. Please feel free to register for one or both of these events.

Best Practices for Writing NSF CAREER Proposals

Presenter: Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group; Leslee Gilbert, Van Scoyoc Associates

November 29, 2016 

Learn how to best present yourself as a strong candidate for the NSF CAREER award by viewing the videos from this workshop. Learn strategies and best practices for creating your application as well as hints for writing and timing the submission.

The NSF’s CAREER award is given in support of early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Anyone who is interested in applying for the NSF CAREER Award is encouraged to view these videos. Please contact the OVPR if you have any questions or would like assistance with your application.


How to Talk Science with the Federal Government

Presenters: Leslee Gilbert, Van Scoyoc Associates; Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group

November 30, 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Memorial Union Gallery Room

Presenting your research to the Federal Government often takes a multi-pronged approach. This workshop features a former NSF program director and a senior Congressional staffer and will focus on how to prepare different communications strategies for congressional and agency interactions. Based on their extensive experience, they will discuss best practices to employ and pitfalls to avoid so that you successfully build visibility in Washington DC.


Proposal Development Best Practices

Presenter: Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group

November 30, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Memorial Union Gallery Room

A strategic and thoughtful process based on best practices can dramatically improve proposal competitiveness and reduce proposal development work and stress. We will discuss the details of contacting program staff, positioning your proposal, anticipating the merit review process, and other lessons learned.



Conducting Responsible Research

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Finding Funding

Grants and Contracts Administration

Managing Cost Issues
Research administrators need to know how to advise and/or manage cost issues. These are before you in proposal budgets, when negotiating terms and conditions and, maybe the most challenging of all, while managing the day-to-day accounts for sponsored projects. Topics include personnel and payroll issues, cost transfer, cost sharing management and companion accounts, costing and billing service centers, allowability of certain troublesome costs (such as food), and procurement cards.

Sub-awards: A Survivors Guide of Key Concepts and Principles
This program is intended as a review for mid-level research administrators and will provide enough basic information to help those who are new to the world of subcontracting. Topics include key concepts and terminology associated with subawards, an overview of the typical flow of activity from the time a proposal is first put together by the prime recipient through the awarding of both prime awards and sub-awards to their closeout, factors to consider when issuing a sub-award, elements of a sub-award, basic principles of sub-award negotiation, terms and conditions, and administering sub-awards.

Proposal Writing

  • This program provides a number of best practices in proposal development functions. Topics include identifying funding sources (internal/external), coordinating limited submissions, facilitating research collaboration (inter-and intra-institutional/ international), NIH Roadmap, bridge funding, center development.

Protecting Intellectual Property

  • Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT) Resources
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      Getting research results from the bench to the public can take several paths and involve several types of agreements outside nondisclosure agreements, teaming agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, and license agreements with start-up companies. The negotiation and management of these agreements usually involves some unique challenges for research administrators. This program will focus on these agreements and areas of risk, accounting issues, institutional and individual conflict or interest, protection of human subjects, effort certification for investigators, publications.

Starting a Technology-Based Company

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