Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Training Opportunities, Resources, and Events

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Fall 2020 Research & Sponsored Programs Training


Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops (Download 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

  • 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. 
    • Zoom virtual session – Wednesday, August 19, 10 – 11 am
  • 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. 
    • Zoom virtual session – Monday, August 24, 10 – 11 am
  • 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.
    • Zoom virtual session – Wednesday, September 2, 10 – 11 am 
  • 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.
    • Zoom virtual session – Wednesday, September 23, 10 – 11 am 
  • 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.
    • Zoom virtual session – Wednesday, October 7, 10 – 11 am 
  • 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. 
  • 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.


Fall 2020 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)

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

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 inquires about these sessions, please contact Todd Evans at


Fall 2020 Research & Ethics Events


Ethical Data Management & Presentation (Download Flyer PDF)

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Event canceled

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 is required.


Social Responsibility in Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

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 is required.


2020 Research Roundtables (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, October 12, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session   |  REGISTER HERE  

This virtual roundtable is an exciting new opportunity to network with UNI colleagues, identify potential collaborators, share ideas and expertise, and meet people with similar interests in a fun, informal environment. Participants may give a short (2 minute) presentation on their scholarship, as well as participate in themed breakout sessions.

Participation in the event is limited to 25 people. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rinehart at


Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, October 26, 2020, 3 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

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, including how to conceptualize research questions, engage participants and their voices in the process, and avoid objectification and "othering", particularly in disability studies. Registration is required.


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