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Workshop Overview

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is offering a number of short courses in the coming months through Networked Learning Initiatives (formerly FDI). Many of these courses are required for Virginia Tech Research Administrator certification. NLI courses are free and open to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and graduate students.

To register for a short course, go to the NLI website and scroll down to the courses whose titles start with “OVPR.” Click the “enroll” link next to the session you’re interested in. You will receive an email confirmation for each enrollment.

For questions about courses or enrollment, email nli@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Advanced Cost Sharing - Online Session

March 5, 10-11 a.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Aaron Akers, Mike King

How will cost-sharing affect the project once it is awarded? How do you prepare a cost-sharing budget based on sponsor guidelines? What information is needed on Cost Sharing Request Form A? Are cost-sharing commitments included on the PAN? What are the departmental responsibilities regarding equipment, tuition and third-party cost sharing? These are some of the questions that will be answered by this workshop. Individuals involved in the proposal process and project management will find this workshop useful. It is highly recommended that participants view the Basics of Cost Sharing Online Tutorial prior to attending this workshop.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Banner and Research Administration

Feb. 13, 8:30-11 a.m.
NLI Classroom, 3060 Torgersen Hall
Instructor: Kim Linkous

March 17, 8:30-11 a.m.
NLI Classroom, 3060 Torgersen Hall
Instructor: Kim Linkous

The course will provide a general overview of common Banner forms used in Research Administration. Some of the questions that will be answered during this workshop include: How do I check balances with and without indirect costs included? How do I search for a grant number when I know the proposal number? How do I search for an OSP administrator on a grant? How do I search for a grant number when I only know the title or key words from the title? This workshop is designed for the newcomer to research administrator responsibilities. Project Authorization Notices (PANs) have transitioned to an online format with more information and greater accessibility for faculty and staff. This portion of the Banner session will provide an overview of the new look and feel of the PANs as well as an examination of the new tab format and their contents.

Note: This short course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level I Certification Program.

 

OVPR: Budgeting for Grants and Contracts

Feb. 19, 2-3:45 p.m.
NLI Classroom, 3080 Torgersen Hall
Instructors: Jane Lee, Laura Rasnick

March 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: Shannell Farmer

Successful grantsmanship is a result of sound scientific principles with an acceptable budget, and this short course will provide an overview of both. The instructors will review budgeting requirements unique to the world of sponsored projects and will offer tips on how to create a successful budget. Participants will be introduced to an automated budget template. This short course is ideal for new faculty/staff or anyone looking for a refresher.

Note: This short course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level I Certification Program.

Online Option - This workshop can be viewed live online as well as in the classroom. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Building the NIH Grant

Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m.
NLI Classroom, 3080 Torgersen Hall/Adobe Connect Session (Online)
Instructor: Janet Webster

Does your research agenda depend heavily on support from the National Institutes of Health? This short course will focus on the essentials of NIH's demanding proposal format, with tips on how to write effectively for each key component. Best practices and essential hints based on first-hand experiences with the NIH will be provided. Special emphasis will be placed on how to avoid the common mistakes that can lead to early rejection of an NIH grant application.

Online Option - This workshop can be viewed live online. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Building the NSF Grant - Online Session

March 12, 10 a.m. - noon
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: Beth Tranter

Does your research agenda depend heavily on support from the National Science Foundation? This short course will focus on the essentials of crafting an effective NSF grant proposal. Best practices and essential hints based on first-hand experiences with the NSF will be provided. Special emphasis will be placed on how to avoid the common mistakes that can lead to early rejection of an NSF grant application.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Export and Sanctions Training for Administrative Staff - Online Session

April 11, 10-11 a.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: Michael Kendrick

What are export controls? How do export controls affect research? What projects are subject to export controls? If my project is subject to export controls, how do I comply with the regulations? What happens if the Principal Investigator (PI) or the project staff violates export control laws? These are just a few of the questions answered during this training session for administrative staff who support PIs, as well as researchers and students involved in restricted research projects.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

Note: This workshop is a required course for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

 

OVPR: Finding Funding - Online Session

April 4, 2-3 p.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: Vicky Ratcliffe

Are you currently searching for external funding for a research project you have in mind? A number of prestigious and significant grant opportunities can be found on the Web, if you know the right places to look. In this short course, participants will learn how to find and use online databases to locate sponsors for research projects. Hands-on activities will be an integral part of this session.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Handling NIH Proposal Submission and After Award Compliance - Online Session

April 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Cory Thompson, Heather Little, Trevor Kuether

Planning to submit a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? If so, this short course will focus on the essentials of submitting an NIH proposal through the Office of Sponsored Programs. We will discuss the unique requirements for developing your budget and the procedures for completing the required forms. We will look at how your budget should reflect your research plan or Statement of Work, and what you need to do in order to use and manage and keep your NIH funding after it's awarded. We'll take a look at some of the hot compliance issues on which the NIH is focusing, as well as discuss more mundane, but essential, topics such as how to submit your annual reports and how to plan funding for multi-year projects.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Handling NSF Proposal Submission and After Award Compliance - Online Session

April 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Kim Linkous, Anna Steen

Planning to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF)? If so, this short course will focus on the essentials of submitting an NSF proposal through the Office of Sponsored Programs. We will discuss the unique requirements for developing your budget and the procedures for completing the required forms. We will look at how your budget should reflect your research plan or Statement of Work, and what you need to do in order to use and manage and keep your NSF funding after it's awarded. We'll take a look at some of the hot compliance issues on which the NSF is focusing, as well as discuss more mundane, but essential, topics such as how to submit your annual reports and how to plan funding for multi-year projects.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Human Subjects Research Compliance

Feb. 7, 10 a.m. - noon
Innovation Space Classroom, 1120 Torgersen Hall
Instructor: David Moore

March 7, 10 a.m. - noon
Innovation Space Classroom, 1120 Torgersen Hall
Instructor: David Moore

Virginia Tech is guided by the ethical principles of research set forth in the Belmont Report (1979) of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects. Virginia Tech policies and procedures involving human subject research have been formed to comply with the Code of Federal Regulation and state and local laws to protect individuals from harm, provide equitable selection of subjects, and maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of research participation. This short course will provide participants information on the history of human subjects research and an overview of current laws, regulations, and policies that are applicable to research today.

Note: This short course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level I Certification Program.

 

OVPR: Personnel Costs on Sponsored Projects - Online Session

March 13, 10-11 a.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Sharon Barrett, Dave McGarry

The majority of sponsored expenditures are dedicated to personnel costs. Administering these "soft-funded" personnel requires additional diligence on behalf of the research administrator. This course will focus on identifying the extra steps required when placing personnel on sponsored projects. Specifically, the topics of fringe benefits, cost transfers, non-sufficient funds, and certification of personnel activity reports will be covered. This workshop will not cover how to establish individuals in the payroll system on a research project or how to calculate costs for a budget.

Note: This short course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level I Certification Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Strengthening Your Grant Proposal Workshop: Broader Impacts Criterion - Online Session

March 19, 10 a.m. - noon
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: Beth Tranter

Education, outreach and diversity are key review criteria at NSF and other funding agencies. This workshop will identify Virginia Tech resources – people and programs – that researchers can use to build these critical components into their grant proposals.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Successful Grant Writing

March 27, 10 a.m. - noon
Fralin Hall Auditorium
Instructor: Nancy Dudek

Are you planning to apply for a grant in the near future? This session will provide you with the keys to successful grant writing. Special emphasis will be placed on how to avoid the common mistakes that can lead to early rejection by substituting more effective writing strategies.

Note: This workshop meets the elective requirement for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

 

OVPR: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Executing and Managing Federal Contracts - Online Session

May 2, 2-4 p.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Frank Fitzgerald, Cory Thompson

In recent years, the Office of Sponsored Programs has seen a growth of Federal contracts awarded to Virginia Tech. This short course will walk through some of the FAR clauses that require additional diligence on the principal investigator, departmental staff supporting faculty, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. This workshop is designed for faculty who manage Federal contracts and for staff who support faculty in the administration of said contracts.

Note: This workshop is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level II Certificate Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Understanding the World of Sponsored Programs - Online Session

Feb. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructors: Tracy Belcher, Diane Turner

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will provide a general overview of the operations of OSP and discuss the life cycle of a sponsored project. What is our mission and purpose? What services do we offer? What happens at the pre-award stage? What happens at the post-award stage? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered during this workshop. This workshop is ideal for new faculty, research administrators, and/or graduate research assistants.

Note: This course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Level I Certification Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Virginia Tech Research Policies - Online Session

Feb. 21, 10 a.m. - noon
Adobe Connect Session (online)
Instructor: John Rudd

This short course will provide participants with an overview of pertinent Virginia Tech research policies, including cost sharing, consistency in reporting administrative and clerical costs, effort reporting, intellectual property, cost transfers, conflict of interest and more.

Note: This course is required for the Virginia Tech Research Administrator Certification Level I Program.

Online Only - This workshop can be viewed live online only. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

OVPR: Individual Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

Feb. 12, 3-5 p.m.
NLI Classroom, 3080 Torgersen Hall
Instructors: Victoria Ratcliffe, Linda Bucy

March 18, 1-3 p.m.
325 Burruss Hall
Instructors: Victoria Ratcliffe, Linda Bucy

April 15, 10 a.m. - noon
325 Burruss Hall
Instructors: Victoria Ratcliffe, Linda Bucy

University policy requires all investigators to complete initial and periodic training on Conflicts of Interest that includes informing investigators of the new regulations, the institution's FCOI policy, and of the investigator's disclosure responsibilities that meet or exceed the regulatory requirements. Federal regulations require all Public Health Service investigators to complete training prior to the award of a grant or contract. This session will provide the basic framework for assessing potential conflicts of interest or commitment and outline related procedures for the management and monitoring of external activities in a manner that will both promote and safeguard the interests and reputation of Virginia Tech, its faculty and students, and their research.

Target audience: Individuals required to complete training include, but may not be limited to, principal investigators, co-investigators, project directors, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and any other person deemed responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

Online Option - This workshop can be viewed live online as well as in the classroom. If you sign up for this session, you will receive a link and online meeting instructions approximately 1 day prior to the workshop. For questions please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at vratcliffe@vt.edu.