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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.

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.

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

To find out about the requirements and opportunities for training on these topics, use these links:

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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