Workshops & Training - ISU Office of the Vice President for Research

Workshops & Training

The Office of the Vice President for Research and several of its support services units offer workshops, regularly scheduled training opportunities, tutorials, and educational materials to assist researchers.

Building a Strong Research Program

The ISU Office of the Vice President for Research offers professional development workshops to help faculty build strong research programs and write successful grant proposals.

  • Finding Research Funding — COS Pivot Training
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014,  9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  at Carver Hall, Room 250

    In this hands-on training you will learn how to identify and connect with public and private funding opportunities. Training will be provided by a Pivot training consultant. You do not need previous Pivot experience to participate in this training but you will need to secure your Pivot account prior to the event. Instructions will be emailed to registrants. Register now.  
    Direct all questions to Sue Shipitalo in the VPR Office, or 294-4933. 
    Cost:  Free.

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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