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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.

Upcoming & Pre-recorded Training Events

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.

Please join OU’s Center for Faculty Excellence and the VPRP’s Office of Research Services for a basic introduction to OU’s process to submit proposals to external funding agencies and the available resources to aid you in this effort.

Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 2:00pm

Contact Clara Smith @ to register and receive zoom information   

You will find several date options on the CFE website ( in the “Upcoming Events.” Email with preferred session date/time to receive an Outlook meeting notice with zoom link.

NSF is requiring proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2020 to provide biosketches and current and pending funded programs in a specific format. This format can be produced through a SciENcv (a program managed by NIH/NCBI) – which will pull your information from ORCiD and hold your information for edits further down the road, or through a fillable pdf (biosketch, current and pending). This webinar will present a PPT and will walk you through the process of 1) signing up for your ORCiD and populating your information fields, 2) signing up for your NCBI account and 3) creating your SciENcv. The intention is that you will be able to populate and complete a first biosketch during the webinar.

You will find several date options on the CFE website ( in the “Upcoming Events.” Email with preferred session date/time to receive an Outlook meeting notice with zoom link.

The Professional Ethics Training – Responsible Conduct in Research scheduled for May 11 – 12, 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. If you are a student or postdoc who is required to take RCR training because you are supported by an NSF grant (or other sponsor with a similar training mandate), please contact Cindy Clark at

The PET-RCR training is a two-day training that is open for all students and other researchers. It is open to all graduate students, but only required for students (and postdocs) appointed to grants from the National Science Foundation and other sponsors with a similar RCR requirement.

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.

Training Dates

Fall Semester 2019

Spring Semester 2020

August 7-8 

January 31 - February 1

August 14-15

March 6-7

October 4-5

May 11-12 (Cancelled)

November 15-16


Registration & Cancellation Policies

  • The training sessions are two consecutive days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30-5:00 p.m. each day.
  • If a date is not listed in the drop-down menu of the registration form linked below, the session is already full.
  • Dates are tentative and subject to change. 
  • If the session is full and you need to complete the training in the current semester, email Cindy Clark at to request a place on the waiting list. Note in the email your preferred session date along with your name and student ID number.  
  • Students must contact the Office of Research Services at least three full working days before the start of the first day’s training in order to cancel registration.

Register For Training

Want to know more about the PET-RCR training?

Contact Cindy Clark at with any questions concerning PET-RCR training requirements.

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.

Creating your Pivot Account (2 minutes)

Search for Funding: Advanced Search (6 minutes)

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.

Prior Training Events (Recorded)

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.

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
  • How can I avoid the most frequent problems?

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.

Presentation (90 minutes)

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.

Presentation (90 minutes)

Presented by Fran Stephens (