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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.

The Office of Research Services and the Center for Faculty Excellence will provide a collaborative workshop (via Zoom) as a basic introduction to OU’s process for submitting proposals to external funding agencies and the available resources to aid you in this effort. Join us to learn more about finding funding sources, developing your proposal and budget, routing, and submitting your proposal.

Date: January 13, 2021
Time: 1:30pm

Register here to register and receive the Zoom access information.

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 (http://www.ou.edu/cfe) in the “Upcoming Events.” Email clara.smith@ou.edu with preferred session date/time to receive an Outlook meeting notice with zoom link.

The Professional Ethics Training – Responsible Conduct in Research scheduled for Spring 2021 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 cgclark@ou.edu

Training Dates (Cancelled)

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 https://www.ou.edu/research-norman/policies/conflict-of-interest or contact Kade Poulson Amy Moakley at VPRFCOI@ou.edu.

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 Research.gov?
  • 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. 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)