Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

2019-20 Events


2020 Summer Grant Writing Workshop - Zoom Online Sessions

Week 1: Planning for Success                       Thursday, May 14, 2020. 1 – 2:30 pm  
Week 2: Budget Development                       Thursday, May 21, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm  
Week 3: Writing Techniques for Proposals    Thursday, May 28, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm  
Week 4: Guest Speaker - Jim Casey              Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm   (Jim Casey session flyer PDF)
Week 5: Panel Discussion                              Thursday, June 11, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm  



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. Due to the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19, all seminar sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rinehart at


Summer Workshop in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Summer RCR workshop has been cancelled.


Spring 2020 RSP Training

Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops

Our ongoing grants and contracts trainings are canceled until further notice. Going forward, we hope to provide Zoom streaming options for all training sessions.


Spring 2020 Research and Ethics Events

Intro to Grant Seeking ​   

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2 – 3 pm, CME 109P (Upper Maucker Union)   (Download Flyer - PDF)​

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. Co-sponsored with the UNI Foundation.​


Ethical Issues in Quantitative Research​  

Monday, February 3, 2020, 2 – 3:30 pm, Rod Library 218​  -- Registration Requested --   (Download Flyer - PDF)​

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. Panel members will be Mary Losch, Director & Professor, Center for Social and Behavioral Research; Kim MacLin, Professor of Psychology; Ron Rinehart, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Psychology, & Leadership Studies; Gunwoo Yoon, Assistant Professor of Marketing.  


Conducting Online Surveys: Methods, Platforms, and Ethical Considerations​  

Monday, February 10, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm, Rod Library 287  (Download Flyer - PDF)

Anita Gordon, PhD, Director of Research Ethics, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Kristin Moser, PhD, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Megan Vogt-Kostner, M.A., Senior Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Designing an online survey can seem like a breeze at first, but if not done well, can leave you with bad data, small sample sizes, and breaches of privacy - at a minimum, wasting your time as well as those who participated. When designed well, online surveys can be an inexpensive, useful, and efficient way to obtain data for research and program assessment. In this session, presenters will offer guidance on how to effectively conduct online surveys, including how to invite participation to maximize response rates, and how to use the survey platforms available, with an emphasis on UNI's subscription program, Qualtrics. In addition, ethical considerations will be discussed in regard to design, recruitment, and data management. We will not be covering how to develop research questions or design content to answer them. The focus will be on the technical aspects of recruitment, data collection, and data management processes using electronic survey methods.   


Ethical Issues in Scholarship: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power​  

Monday, February 17, 2020, 2 – 3:30 pm, Rod Library 218  (Download Flyer - PDF)​

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. Panel members will include Helen Harton, Professor of Psychology (Facilitator); Belinda Creighton-Smith, Instructor, Social Work and Women’s & Gender Studies; Victoria DeFrancisco, Professor of Communications Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies; Tatiana Degai, Postdoctoral Scholar, Geography; Susan Etscheidt, Department Head & Professor of Special Education.  


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. 

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  TUE 9/3  –  TUE 9/17  –  TUE 10/1  –  TUE 10/15  –  TUE 11/5  –  TUE 11/19.

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. 

  • On the following dates from 1- 2 pm:  WED 9/4  –  WED 9/18  –  WED 10/2  –  WED 10/16  –  WED 11/20.

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.

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  WED 9/11  –  WED 9/25  –  WED 10/9  –  THU 10/24  –  THU 11/21  –  THU 12/5.

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.

  • On the following dates from 10 – 11 am:  TUE 9/10  –  WED 9/25 (9 – 10 am)  –  TUE 10/8  –  WED 10/23  –  TUE 11/12  –  WED 12/4.

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. 

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  MON 9/16  –  MON 9/30  –  MON 10/14  –  MON 10/28  –  MON 11/11  –  MON 12/2


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.  

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.  

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.  

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 


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