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Research Training and Development

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 growing the OU research enterprise.

The upcoming and recorded training events listed below include workshops sponsored by the Office of Research Services, often in collaboration with other OU offices, as well as events and videos from external organizations. Click on a tab for a description of the event, to register for an event, or to view recorded training sessions.

For upcoming and recorded NIH, NSF and DoD webinars, visit their events websites:

NIH: https://grants.nih.gov/news/contact-in-person/seminars.htm#upcoming
NSF: https://www.nsf.gov/events/index.jsp?org=NSF&event_type=&orgToSearch=NSF&month=05&year=2021
DoD: https://www.defense.gov/watch/live-events/

Upcoming Training Events

Recorded Events and Recurring Training

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.

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 Conflict of Interest or contact Amy Moakley at VPRFCOI@ou.edu.

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

The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RECR) is critical for excellence as well as public trust in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RECR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. The responsible and ethical conduct of research involves not only a responsibility to generate and disseminate knowledge with rigor and integrity, but also a responsibility to:

  1. conduct peer review with the highest ethical standards;
  2. diligently protect proprietary information and intellectual property from inappropriate disclosure; and
  3. treat students and colleagues fairly and with respect.

The Office of Research Services will directly comply with the federal regulations in response to the 2007 COMPETES act. This act states that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in an awarded research project that was proposed on or after January 4, 2010 will be required to attend the RCR training.

For those supported by NSF, complete the online CITI training, which provides information on core topics to consider in efforts to conduct research in a responsible manner. Instruction for registration and requirements for undergraduates and for graduate students/postdocs can be found in here:

If you are required to complete RCR training because of support through the NIH or an adjacent agency, or if you need additional information, contact Cindy Clark at ris@ou.edu.

Have questions about submitting an NSF proposal?

  • What are the basic components of an NSF proposal?
  • Have there been updates to the general guidelines?
  • What is NSF FastLane, and how do I use it? What is Research.gov?
  • How can I avoid the most frequent problems?

Have questions about submitting an NSF proposal?

  • What are the basic components of an NSF proposal?
  • Have there been updates to the general guidelines?
  • What is NSF FastLane, and how do I use it? What is Research.gov?
  • How can I avoid the most frequent problems?

Have questions about submitting an NSF proposal?

  • What are the basic components of an NSF proposal?
  • Have there been updates to the general guidelines?
  • What is NSF FastLane, and how do I use it? What is Research.gov?
  • How can I avoid the most frequent problems?

Using the ORS Budget Template

Cost Share Basics

Navigating Cayuse

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. You can view each presentation or download the PowerPoint slides for each presentation below.

Budget Basics Part 1 (18 minutes)

Budget Basics Part 2 (45 minutes)

Budget Basics Part 3 (1 hour)

OU Research Report: Basics

Navigating the NASA Proposal Submission Process

PI Proposal Basics

Submitting an InfoSheet

Internal Processes