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Summer 2021 Events


2021 Summer Grant Writing Workshop - Zoom Online Sessions - Flyer (PDF)

A 5-week grant-writing seminar for UNI faculty and staff, this workshop offers sessions on various grant-writing topics interspersed with individual and independent grant-writing activities. All seminar sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rinehart at


Week 1: Planning for Success                         Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (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.

Week 2: Budget Development                          Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (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.

Week 3: Writing Techniques for Proposals     Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (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.

Week 4: Panel Discussion                                Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register)

Successful UNI grant seekers will share their expertise in a moderated panel discussion.

Week 5: Guest Speaker: Michael Spires         Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register)

Michael Spires, Research Development Officer at Oakland University, is a past president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and has worked in research development at multiple universities and the Smithsonian Institution. He will speak on the topic of Positioning for Proposal Success.



Spring 2021 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. 
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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. 
    • Monday, February 15, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  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, March 3, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  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.
    • Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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.
    • Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 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. 
    • Monday, April 5, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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.
    • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10 – 11 am  |  Zoom Virtual Session
  • 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 2021 term. For additional questions about this session, please contact Michele Mullings-Shand at
    • Monday, April 19, 2021, 3-4 pm  |  Zoom Virual Session


Spring 2021 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 8, 2021, 2 – 3 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 2 – 3 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 inquiries about these sessions, please contact Todd Evans at


Spring 2021 Research & Ethics Events


Intro to Grant Seeking (Download Flyer PDF)

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 2 – 3 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
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 Data Management & Presentation (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, February 22, 2021, 2 – 3:30 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
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. 



Ethical Issues in Quantitative Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2 – 3:30 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
This Zoom 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 will include: Gunwoo Yoon, Assistant Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship; Ben Forsyth, Department Head & Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Foundations, & Leadership Studies; and Mary Losch, Director & Professor, Center for Social & Behavioral Research.



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

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2 – 3:30 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here  
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 will include: Kyle Rudick, Associate Professor, Communication & Media; Sei-Young Lee, Assistant Professor, Social Work; and Belinda Creighton-Smith, Instructor, Social Work.



Export Control for Faculty & Staff (Download Flyer PDF)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 2 – 3 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here
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.



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