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Research Training and Workshops

In addition to pre-award and post award research administration, the Office of Research Services (ORS) provides in-person, online, and recorded training events for faculty and staff. The goal of these training opportunities is to provide information, examples, and other resources to assist researchers in developing more competitive proposals and grow the OU research enterprise.

The upcoming and pre-recorded training events listed below are sponsored by the Office of Research Services, often in collaboration with other OU offices and external organizations. Use the links within each event description to access more information, play pre-recorded videos, or register for training sessions.

Pivot Funding Database

Locating and securing research funding is becoming increasingly competitive, as funding opportunities are limited and the number of researchers vying for those dollars continues to grow. Pivot™ answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. It is intuitive and easy to use and, as an OU employee, you should have access to Pivot. Below are short tutorials focused on specific topics.

This video will show you how to create a Pivot account.
Video Length – 2 minutes                                                                                                 

Learn how to use specific parameters to conduct a targeted funding search.
Video Length – 6 minutes

Professional Ethics Training-Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

All graduate assistants (GRAs and GTAs) beginning Fall 2010 who wish to receive the Qualifying Graduate Assistant tuition waiver must complete a two-day Professional Ethics Training-Responsible Conduct of Research (PET-RCR) workshop. This requirement applies to any new graduate student who began his/her degree program starting Fall 2010.

During the workshop, trainees learn about:

  • Professional, institutional, and government guidelines
  • Common constraints that they may encounter while conducting research that can prevent them from making ethical choices
  • Strategies that can assist them in ethical decision making
  • A general model for ethical decision making
  • A sensemaking approach for assimilating components of an ethical problem.

For more information or to register for the two-day workshop, visit OU Graduate College Professional Ethics Training.

PHS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Online Training

According to the federal requirements, all investigators at OU funded through the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (PHS-funded) must complete the online FCOI training. Successful completion of the training is required prior to the expenditure of funds on any newly-funded projects, including noncompeting continuation awards. This applies to all PHS-sponsored research projects as of August 24, 2012. Training must be completed at least every four years. Current PHS awards are not subject to these new requirements until the noncompeting continuation is awarded.

For a list of PHS organizations and additional FCOI information, go to or contact Kade Poulson at

To complete the CITI conflict of interest training module, register here.

You can use the links within each description below to access a recording of the in-person session or webinar. For reference and convenience, we have also provided the presentation slides and contact information for each speaker.

2019 Research Resources Workshop

Below are the slide presentations from our most recent workshop.

OIG Audits in the Federally Funded Research Environment

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) facilitated a webinar featuring Cynthia Hope, Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of Alabama, and Ken Lish, Acting Director, Contract Grant Audits at the NSF Office of Inspector General. This session included a description of 2019 OIG audit plans, best practices for minimizing audit burden, information related to how auditees are selected, changes to the audit process, and case studies describing common audit findings. You can view the video and download the session slides below.

Video Length – 90 minutes

Preparing a Proposal Budget

This workshop focuses on the process of developing budgets for external proposals. The speaker, Fran Stephens, Director of Pre-Award Services in the Office of Research Services, leads a discussion about determining direct and indirect costs, interpreting spending guidelines, understanding cost share, and using ORS budget templates. Click on the “Presentation Slides” button to download the session slides.               

Presented on November 7, 2018 by Fran Stephens (
Video Length – 90 minutes