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:
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
NSF has updated its Proposals & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), effective October 4, 2021. Along with clarifications, there are significant changes that include reasonable accommodation, biosketches, and current and other support.
The training session, NSF Update: Significant Changes to the PAPPG (22-1), provides faculty and staff with information about the changes involved and the impact they may have on researchers.
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NIH has updated its requirements (NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-110) for proposal submissions and award recipients. A new bio sketch template is available, and NIH has issued several Other Support changes including copies of contracts/agreements specific to senior/key-personnel foreign support, appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources.
The training session, NIH Update: Biosketch and Other Support, provides faculty and staff with an understanding of the requirements of both components. The session will include:
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The Office of Research Services (ORS) workshop series, Navigating the NIH Proposal Submission Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and the process of submitting an NIH proposal. This three-part series will provide information about agency guidelines, the review process, talking with NIH, funding announcements, internal permission/process to submit a proposal, and required forms/files for common NIH applications.
This three-part training series, Navigating the NSF Submission Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting an NSF proposal. Fran Stephens, Director of Pre-award Services in the Office of Research Services, gives a sponsor overview, common proposal components, a “walk through” of NSF’s electronic submission mechanism (NSF FastLane) and some insight into the upcoming replacement system (Research.gov).
This session, Using the ORS Budget Template, provides viewers with an understanding of how to complete the budget spreadsheet and why is it important to use the ORS template. Debbie Bergman, Proposal Development Specialist in ORS, presents basic information about each section of the budget template and a “walk through” of the spreadsheet.
This session, Cost Share Basics and Constructing a Cost Share Package, provides viewers with basic cost share information and real-world examples of cost share packages. Participants will learn about the differences between mandatory, uncommitted voluntary, and committed voluntary cost share, and about options for constructing a cost share package for a proposal.
The Office of Research Services (ORS) workshop series, Budget Basics: Fundamentals, Spending, and Indirect Costs, provides attendees with an understanding of the considerations necessary when developing a proposal budget. The three sessions cover information about cost principles, budget development, budget justification, F&A costs, and budget pitfalls to avoid.
This three-part training series, Navigating the NASA Submission Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting a NASA proposal. The three parts cover an overview of the sponsor’s structure and priorities, some common proposal components, a “walk through” of NASA’s electronic submission mechanism (NSPRIRES), and a look at the sponsor’s review criteria.
The University of Oklahoma-Norman campus has specific procedures for the approval and submission of externally funded projects including grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and other research related agreements. This ORS training session, ORS Internal Proposal Submission Process: Overview and Tips, provides faculty and staff with an understanding of the general requirements for proposal routing and submission, along with tips to avoid common problems. This video covers:
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The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE), in collaboration with the Office of Research Services (ORS), presents a basic introduction to OU’s process for submitting proposals to external funding agencies and helps identify available resources to assist you in this effort. From developing an idea to submitting a proposal, this session should provide viewers with a better understanding of proposal basics.
This series, Navigating the NOAA Proposal Submission Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting a NOAA proposal. It will cover information about agency guidelines, the review process, talking with NOAA, funding announcements, internal permission/process to submit a proposal, and required forms/files for common NOAA applications.
The Vice President for Research and Partnership provides support to the research community to ensure all research activity complies with applicable government regulations, guidance documents, and funding agency guidelines while maintaining the highest levels of ethics and integrity. In collaboration with the University’s Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Export Controls, Office of Technology Commercialization, and Research Financial Services, the Office of Research Services coordinated the posted sessions, which are focused on sponsored research and compliance.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a funding agency that provide research awards in many areas. A required proposal document is the Specific Aims page, that briefly states the need for research in an area and the aims of your proposed research. This session will provide viewers with suggested key strategies to employ in the development of the NIH Specific Aims page.
GrantForward is a database where all OU faculty, staff, and students with an ou.edu email can find customized non-profit, state, federal, and corporate funding opportunities. The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) offers consultations and workshops to help researchers set up their accounts and use the database to its fullest capabilities. This session walks the viewer through creating an account, updating your profile and conducting a funding search.
This training session, Submitting Proposals to State Agencies, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting a proposal to a state agency. It covers information about potential Oklahoma sponsors, common proposal components, and some insight into how to avoid common errors.
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This session will provide an introduction to the Lewis-Burke Associates team, and will include a discussion focused on engaging with federal agencies and on specific programs that support early career faculty.
This session will provide an introduction to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) program. Viewers will learn about the PI eligibility, budget limits, and program areas. Other topics of discussion include strategies for contacting your program officer and elements of an NSF CAREER proposal.
View this session, co-sponsored by the OVPRP and CFE, to hear our Lewis-Burke and Associate government consultants present an overview of the agency funding priorities and funding opportunities on the horizon.
View this session, co-sponsored by the OVPRP and CFE, to hear our Lewis-Burke and Associate (LBA) government consultants present an overview of the agency funding priorities and funding opportunities on the horizon.
This session will provide the viewer with an better understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting a foundation proposal. It discusses information on potential sponsors, common proposal components, and some insight into how to avoid common errors.
Navigating the NEA Submission Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting an NEA proposal. Covered topics are, a sponsor overview, common proposal components, and some insight into how to avoid common errors.
Navigating the NEH Proposal Submission Process provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements of submitting an NEH
Proposal. Covered topics are a sponsor overview, common proposal components, and insight into how to avoid submission errors.
This three-part training series, Navigating the DOD Proposal Process, provides viewers with an understanding of the common requirements and process of submitting a DOD proposal. The three parts will cover an overview and information about common proposal components, insights into avoiding submission pitfalls, and the review process.