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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 (for researchers)

Presenter: Kristin Culp, Pivot Representative

October 13, 9-11 a.m.

301 Spedding Hall

In partnership with Grants Hub staff, Kristin will provide an overview of the Pivot database and give tips on how researchers can use Pivot to broaden their funding portfolios and take advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities. Participants will learn how to create their own Pivot accounts and strategically identify and connect with funding opportunities.

Finding Funding with Pivot (for grant coordinators and administrative staff)

Presenter: Kristin Culp, Pivot Representative

October 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

301 Spedding Hall

In partnership with Grants Hub staff, Kristin will provide an overview of the Pivot database and give tips on how grant coordinators and administrative staff can use Pivot to identify funding opportunities that match the research goals of the faculty they support.

Genie in a Bottle: The Microbiome in Health and Disease

October 20, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Alumni Hall

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. Each attendee will receive a Grant Application Writer’s Handbook ($75, billed to your college or department).

Online registration coming soon!

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.

Online registration coming soon!

Proposal Budget Development

Presenter: Marc Peterson, 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 and tracking your proposal budget according to funding agency requirements. Bring your laptop to this hands-on workshop!

Online registration coming soon!


Presenter: Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group

November 29, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Memorial Union Campanile Room

Department chairs are in the best positions to identify and develop faculty in their departments who are ready to apply for the NSF CAREER Award. In this workshop, chairs are invited to bring those faculty from their departments to hear Iowa State’s federal relations consultant talk about strategies for winning this illustrious award.

Online registration coming soon!

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

Our federal relations staff and consultants will give tips and strategies for talking with and lobbying government officials and funding agency representatives.

Online registration coming soon!

Proposal Development Best Practices

Presenter: Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group

November 30, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Memorial Union Gallery Room

Online registration coming soon!


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
  • From OSPA's Video Library
    • Complex Agreements
      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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