Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Training Opportunities, Resources, and Events

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Upcoming Summer Signature Event

2022 Summer Grant Writing Workshop (Download Flyer PDF)

A 5-session grant-writing seminar for UNI faculty and staff, this workshop offers sessions on various grant-writing topics. Seminar sessions will be a mix of Zoom virtual sessions and in-person events. Please see the schedule below for details and registration links. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rinehart at

Session 1: Planning for Success                              Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm - Zoom virtual session (click to register) 

Learn about the services of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the UNI Foundation, and how to: find funding opportunities, understand Requests for Proposals and sponsor priorities, write a concept paper, and communicate with program officers.

Session 2: Building a Budget                                    Friday, May 20, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm - Zoom virtual session (click to register) 

Project planning and budgeting should proceed hand-in-hand. A good budget increases your chances of obtaining funding and facilitates the implementation of your project. This session will present the conceptual basis and technical tips for creating a strong budget.

Session 3: Writing to Persuade                                 Monday, May 23, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm - Zoom virtual session (click to register)

What are the commonalities of successful grant proposals? What are typical mistakes to avoid? This session will explore the differences between proposal writing and academic writing, offer style and organization techniques, and share examples.

Session 4: Growing the Skills                                    Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (click to register)

In this hands-on session, participants will apply the concepts and practice the skills they have learned by working with sample budgets and proposal exerpts.

Session 5: Guest Speaker: Provost Jose Herrera    Friday, May 27, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (click to register)

Note: Registration for the rest of the grant writing workshop is not required to attend this guest speaker event. Walk-ins are welcome.


Spring 2022 Research & Sponsored Programs Training


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Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops (Download Flyer PDF)

Provided by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, these trainings offer an open forum for investigators and administrative staff with experience in award management or those just getting started. All trainings will be available as Zoom virtual sessions. Registration is required for all sessions. To register and obtain meeting information, please click on the individual session to load the Zoom registration page. For questions or other issues, please contact

  • Final Accounting – Final accounting is the financial reconciliation of your sponsored project, which helps you take a "final look" at your project and all the expenses related to your project.
  • Budgeting – An accurate budget is critical to obtaining and successfully managing external funding. This session will provide an overview of the conceptual and technical components of good budgets. 
  • Cost Share – Cost-share, match, in-kind dollars, leveraged funds...what is it really, how should it be handled in a proposal, and how do I report it at UNI? This session will provide a detailed look at cost share and reporting cost share at UNI.
  • Outgoing Subawards & Subcontracts – What’s the difference between the two? This session focuses on an overview of subawards and subcontracts – their elements and when to utilize a subaward versus a subcontract (pre-award) and once you’ve received the prime award (post-award) – roles & responsibilities, subaward invoice approval, subrecipient monitoring, and subaward amendments. The subject matter is geared towards researchers, project directors, and those newer to subawards; however, all are welcome.
  • Postaward Project Management – You’ve been funded – now what? This session will cover all aspects of postaward project management, and the paperwork needed, from project start until project end.
  • Faculty Summer PAFs for Grants – This in-depth training session will walk participants through the process of creating Faculty Summer PAFs for grants, specifically timed for the upcoming Summer 2022 term. For additional questions about this session, please contact Michele Mullings-Shand at
  • Cost Transfers – What are they, and what’s the big deal? This training forum will provide a detailed look at cost transfers including journal entries, labor distribution adjustments, and other issues. 


Spring 2022 IRB Training & Events


IRB Training Certification – The CITI Program

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RSP offers certification for IRB training through an online course in Human Subjects Protections hosted by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), based at the University of Miami. This program offers online courses that can be accessed by anyone affiliated with UNI. The tutorial takes an average of 2-3 hours and fulfills the UNI IRB training requirement to participate in human subjects research. Please visit for more information.



IRB Learning Tutorials/Discussion Sessions (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, February 7, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2 – 3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
IRB Chair Todd Evans offers two IRB tutorials each semester for the campus community. Rather than comprehensive certifiable training, these individualized tutorial sessions are designed to explain the UNI IRB submission and review process within the context of the needs of attendees, their research plans, and preparation of their IRB materials. (Please note: these sessions no longer fulfill the IRB training requirement.) All sessions will be Zoom virtual discussions. Registration is required. For inquiries about these sessions, please contact Todd Evans at


Spring 2022 Research & Ethics Events


RSP Preaward Traveling Office Hours (Download Flyer PDF)

Session 1: Monday, February 14, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm   |   23rd Street Market
Session 2: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm   |   Schindler Education Center (commons outside Schindigs)
Presented by Rebecca Rinehart and Maggie Heretakis from our Preaward team, these casual sessions provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions and get advice with no appointment necessary. Stop by these traveling office hours to learn more about grant funding.


Intro to Grant Seeking (Download Flyer PDF)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 2 – 3 pm   |   Zoom Virtual Session

Presented by Preaward Specialist Maggie Heretakis, this is an introduction to external funding opportunities from foundations and government agencies. The basics of crafting a strong proposal and support available at UNI will be covered.


Ethical Issues in Quantitative Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, March 7, 2022, 2 – 4 pm   |   LIB 287  |  Registration is required
This panel will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in quantitative research and scholarship. It will include an interactive discussion on such topics as integrity in authorship, data management, and collaboration as they pertain to quantitative research methods. This panel discussion will be led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and include other faculty members who are experts in quantitative research methodologies. Visit to register.

Ethical Issues in Scholarship: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, March 28, 2022, 2 – 4 pm  |  LIB 287  |  Registration is required 
Panelists in this workshop will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in research and scholarship. This event will include an interactive discussion on topics related to power relationships, including issues involving gender, race, and ethnicity. This panel discussion will be led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and include other faculty members. Visit to register.

Export Control for Faculty and Staff (Download Flyer PDF)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 2-3 pm  |  LIB 287  |  Registration is required 
UNI Export Controls Officer Kyle Fogt will outline what faculty and staff need to know about federal export control regulations, which govern the “exporting” (sharing) of information, equipment, or software with individuals from other countries.  Those who travel internationally, are engaged in sensitive technical research, use special equipment, and/or have international students or collaborators are especially encouraged to attend.  You will learn which “exports” are controlled and how to guard against violating these laws and regulations, as well as what the consequences may be if you do so. Visit to register.