Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Training Opportunities, Resources, and Events

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Spring 2023 RSP Events


Summer 2023 Signature Event


2023 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. This year’s workshop will feature a series of in-person events, culminating with a presentation by guest speaker Provost Jose Herrera. 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 17, 2023, 1:30 – 3 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (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 19, 2023, 1:30 – 3 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (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 22, 2023, 1:30 – 3 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (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 24, 2023, 1:30 – 3 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 excerpts.

Session 5: Guest Speaker: Provost Jose Herrera    Friday, May 26, 2023, 1 – 3 pm - LIB 301 (ScholarSpace) - Rod Library (click to register)

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


Spring 2023 Research & Sponsored Programs Training


Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops (Flyer PDF) 

Provided by the Research & Sponsored Programs office, these trainings provide an open forum for investigators and administrative staff with experience in award management. All trainings will be available as Zoom virtual sessions with recordings also available on the RSP website. 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

  • 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. 
    • Wednesday, February 15 – 1-2 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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.
    • Wednesday, February 8 – 1-2 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Tuesday, March 7 – 1-2 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Monday, April 10 – 10-11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Wednesday, May 3 – 10-11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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. ​
  • 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 2023 term. 
  • 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.
    • Monday, January 9 – 2-3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Tuesday, February 7 – 2-3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Wednesday, March 8 – 2-3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Friday, April 7 – 2-3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Tuesday, May 2 – 2-3 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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.
    • Thursday, February 16 – 1-2 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session
    • Wednesday, April 12 – 1-2 pm  |  Zoom Virtual Session


Spring 2023 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 (Flyer PDF)
Monday, February 6, 2023, 3:30 – 4:30 pm  |  Zoom virtual session  |   
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 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
IRB Office Hours (Flyer PDF)
Wednesdays Spring Semester - 10 – 11 am  |  Zoom virtual sessions  |  Registration Required

Have a quick question? Applying to IRB for the first time? Need help with Cayuse? The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will provide virtual IRB Office Hours every Wednesday from 10-11 am throughout Spring semester, via Zoom. In a group advising format, IRB Administrator Lisa Ahern will help investigators with their questions related to the IRB application process. Topics may include preparing consent and permission forms, maintaining data privacy, recruiting participants, troubleshooting problems and more. Bring your questions!
  • Questions addressed in office hours are done so in a group setting. If you wish to have an individual meeting or if this time slot does not work for you, please contact to arrange an alternate meeting time. 

  • Sessions may occasionally need to be canceled or rescheduled on short notice.  


Spring 2023 Research & Ethics Events


Intro to Grant Seeking (Flyer PDF)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 2 – 3 pm  |  Zoom virtual session  |  Registration Required

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 Qualitative Research (Flyer PDF)
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 1 – 2:30 pm  |  LIB 287  |  Registration Required
Susan Etscheidt, Professor of Special Education, will moderate a discussion on ethical principles for the framework, design, and conduct of qualitative research, including how to conceptualize research questions, engage participants and their voices in the process, and avoid objectification and "othering", particularly in disability studies. The panel will include C. Kyle Rudick, Associate Professor, Communication & Media, and David Hernandez-Saca, Associate Professor, Special Education. Panelist presentations will include:
  • Re)Presenting the Other: Ethical Caretaking of Narratives - One of the most vexing issues for qualitative scholars is how to collect and present the lived experiences  of participants whose identities are different from the researcher's identity. This issue becomes even more pressing when participants are from traditionally marginalized groups and their narratives reveal examples of discrimination, hate, or oppression. In this presentation. Dr. C. Kyle Rudick will discuss the importance of caretaking when (re)presenting others' lived experiences.
  • Co-Constructing Research Projects From the Start and Beyond: The Ethics of Co-Lead-Authoring Collective Autoethnographic Texts in Education - Within this presentation, Dr. David Hernandez-Saca shares critical reflections about co-constructing critical autoethnographic projects and texts and self-studies in education about dis/Ability at the intersections of power and identities. Implications are discussed about the role of ethics in aligning one's researcher identity, agenda, and scholarship for informing the co-construction of qualitative research projects through a) conceptual frameworks, b) dialogue, c) radical-love (e.g., care, responsibility, respect, and knowledge), c) co-mentorship, and d) an affective, emotive and spiritual paradigm within the qualitative sciences that allowed him and his co-lead authors to critically think, feel, act and write from their own self-determination and self-advocacy regarding their research topics such as the nature of emotion and affect in relation to movements towards social emotional learning in education.

Ethical Issues in Scholarship: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power (Flyer PDF)
Monday, March 27, 2023, 3 – 5 pm  |  LIB 287  |  Registration 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, Professor of Psychology, and will include additional faculty participants: Laura Edwards, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Coordinator, EdD Curriculum and Instruction Intensive Study Area; Theophile Muhayimana, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership; Catherine Palczewski, Professor, Communication; Kamryn Warren, Assistant Professor, Sociology.
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Export Control for Faculty & Staff (Flyer PDF)
Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 2-3 pm  |  Zoom virtual session  |  Registration Required
UNI Export Controls Officer Emily Pittenger 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.