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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.

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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 Download the Presentation Slides

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:

  • a walk-through of what to include in the NIH Biosketech and Other Support,
  • an explanation of the required changes, and 
  • a clarification on effective dates, both federal and for OU.

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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.

  • Part 1 – Agency Overview, Understanding the FOA and Getting Started - View the VIDEO
  • Part 2 – Proposal Contents and Common Issues - View the VIDEO

 

 

  • Part 3 – Post-Submission: Actions, Review Process, and Communication – Who Do I Contact? - View the VIDEO

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).  

  • Part 1 – Agency Overview, Understanding the FOA and Getting Started

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  • Part 2 – Proposal Contents and Common Issues

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  • Part 3 – Post-Submission: Actions, Review Process, and Communication – Who Do I Contact?

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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.   

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Cost Share Basics

Navigating Cayuse

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.    

  • Part 1 – Fundamentals – View the  VIDEO
  • Part 2 – Categories of Spending: Direct Costs – View the  VIDEO
  • Part 3 – F&A Costs and Budget Justifications – View the  VIDEO

OU Research Report: Basics

Navigating the NASA Proposal Submission Process

PI Proposal Basics

Submitting an InfoSheet

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:

  • the basic steps of the proposal process at OU,
  • initiating an Information Sheet,
  • tips on drafting a proposal budget,
  • required documents for internal routing and why we route,
  • registrations – sponsor submission portals/websites and accounts,
  • tips on preparing sponsor forms and contents, and
  • tips on submitting the proposal.

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Proposals 101 is a basic introduction to OU’s process for submitting proposals to external funding agencies and provides help in identifying available resources to assist you in this effort. From developing an idea to submitting a proposal, this session provides viewers with a better understanding of proposal development and submission. Topics of discussion include:

  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Reviewing the environment
  • Developing a one-page summary
  • Finding and contacting a program officer
  • Key elements of a proposal
  • Proposal routing and submission
  • Preparing a budget
  • Common issues

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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.   

  • Part 1 – Agency Overview, Understanding the FOA and Getting Started – View the  VIDEO
  • Part 2 – Proposal Contents and Common Issues – View the  VIDEO
  • Part 3 – Post-Submission: Actions, Review Process, and Communication – Who Do I Contact? – View the  VIDEO

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.

  • Session 1 – Compliance in Proposal Submission and Award Acceptance – View  VIDEO
  • Session 2 – Award Management – View  VIDEO
  • Session 3 – The False Claims Act – View  VIDEO
  • Session 4 – Compliance in Research – Export Controls – View  VIDEO
  • Session 5 – Research Compliance and Intellectual Property – View  VIDEO

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.

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