Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Training Opportunities, Resources, and Events

(Not all events require advance registration - see below for details of each event.)

Fall 2019 EVENTS

Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops

Provided by the Research & Sponsored Programs office, these recurring trainings provide an open forum for investigators and administrative staff with experience in award management.  All trainings are held twice a month in the RSP conference room 201 in 213 East Bartlett.  No registration required.  To add a specific date to your Google calendar, please click on one of the links below.  For the complete fall list of dates and training times, please visit the RSP Events Google Calendar.

Cost Transfers & Postaward Project Management – This training session will cover cost transfers and other topics related to postaward project management. 

PRAF – Learn to navigate UNI's internal approval process for grant and contract proposals.  This session will walk through the electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Form (PRAF) and have time for questions.  Support staff and Principal Investigators are particularly encouraged to attend; all are welcome. 

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.

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. 


Ethical Data Management & Presentation

Thursday, September 12th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, CME 109P

Led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, this session will present and discuss ethical issues in data storage and management, as well as how to ethically author and present your results using various methods of dissemination.  Registration requested.

2019 OHRP Exploratory Workshop – Privacy & Health Research in a Data-Driven World (Live Webcast)  

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 7:15 am - 3:15 pm

This exploratory workshop hosted by the Office for Human Research Protections is an educational event for the benefit of the research community.  Consisting of three sessions, the workshop will cover the following areas: Is Privacy a Casualty of Advancing Research? (Session I); Approaches to Protecting Privacy & Confidentiality (Session II); Protecting Privacy & Confidentiality: A Shared Responsibility (Session III). This live webcast is open access and free of charge.  Please visit for the access link and event agenda.

Celebration of Research and Scholarship

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm, Georgian Lounge, Commons

This annual reception recognizes all of the faculty, staff, administrators, and support staff who contributed to seeking and receiving external funding throughout the past year.  All are welcome.  Refreshments are served.  No registration necessary.

IRB Training for Undergraduates

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 301 (ScholarSpace)

Presented by IRB Chair Todd Evans, Ph.D., this session will cover the ethical principles and regulations regarding research involving humans, including the UNI Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process and procedures.  Undergraduates are especially invited but all are welcome.  Cosponsored by the UNI Honors Program.  Registration requested.

Social Responsibility in Research

Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, CME 109P

Helen Harton, PhD., Professor of Psychology, will present and lead discussion on the ethical issues involved in conducting research projects involving human participants, animal care and use, and the potential impacts of research integrity or misconduct on communities and society.  Registration requested.

IRB Training for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rod Library 301 (ScholarSpace)

Presented by IRB Chair Todd Evans, Ph.D., this session will cover the ethical principles and regulations regarding research involving humans, including the UNI Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process and procedures.  Graduate students are especially invited but all are welcome.  Cosponsored by the UNI Graduate College.  Registration requested.

Informational Meeting on the Iowa Energy Center Grant Program

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 213 East Bartlett Hall (Conference room 201)  

The Iowa Energy Center Grant program provides grants to eligible applicants for projects that provide a benefit to Iowa ratepayers.  Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, and private nonprofit agencies and foundations are all eligible to apply.  Dan Nickey of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI sits on the Iowa Energy board and will provide an overview of this funding source and provide suggestions to potential applicants. No registration required.

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research

Monday, October 28th, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, MAU, Presidential Room

Susan Etscheidt, Department Head and Professor of Special Education, will moderate a discussion on ethical principles for the framework, design, and conduct of qualitative research. Discussants will include Kyle Rudick, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in Communication Studies, and David Hernandez-Saca, Assistant Professor of Special Education. Dr. Rudick will present on Krumer-Nevo's work framework for conducting qualitative research in ways that do not Other participants. He will discuss concepts of objectification, de-contextualization, and de-historization, and de-authorization, and how to evaluate one's own or other's research using these criteria. Dr. Hernandez-Saca will present on two sets of ethical principles within the fields of special education and Disability Studies in Education (DSE) that can be operationalized through anchoring student and participants' voices for theory, research and practice. These include the Council of Exceptional Children's ethical principles and Disability Justice principles (PDF) in order to theorize a consilience ethic at the boundaries between traditional special education and DSE in qualitative research with dis/abled students (with disabilities). Implications for how one feels and thinks about their conceptual framework through this discussion about all the elements of the research process including research questions, literature review, theoretical and conceptual framework, methods, methodologies, findings, discussion, conclusions and implications will be discussed and tied to such a discussion of ethics in qualitative research. Registration requested.

Scholar Connexus

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm, Georgian Lounge & Slife Ballroom, Commons

The annual Scholar Connexus is an opportunity to network with UNI colleagues, identify new research collaborators, share ideas and expertise, and meet new people with similar interests in a fun, informal environment.  Registration is required in order to facilitate the necessary matching of individuals for paired conversations.  Refreshments are served.  For more information, visit

Transparency and Integrity in Quantitative Research

Thursday, October 31st, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

Did you know that some journals or reviewers now prefer or even require that you pre-register your research study before you collect data?  Or that you must have a plan to make your data public for federal grants and many journals?  Transparency in research has been evolving rapidly in the past several years--you want to make sure you're caught up on the latest best practices.  In this workshop, presenters will describe what pre-registration is, why it matters, and how to do it (including templates and websites).  They will also explain what a data management plan is and what funders are looking for in them, discuss common issues that arise (e.g., privacy), and give you several options for making your data and materials public.  This multidisciplinary session will be presented by Helen Harton, Professor of Psychology; Rebecca Rinehart, RSP Preaward Grants Specialist; and Ellen Neuhaus, Digital Scholarship Librarian.  Registration requested.

Export Controls for Faculty & Staff 

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Rod Library 218

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.  Registration requested.

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