Training Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research and its Division of Sponsored Programs offer a variety of training -- i.e., presentations, workshops, and Web-based resources -- to guide UI faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to identify, secure, and manage external funds. Such training is available through the channels described below.

Online Presentations

Successful Proposal Submissions to PCORI

Icon for new item The Division of Sponsored Programs gave a presentation on "Successful Proposal Submissions to PCORI" to a group at the College of Nursing on June 16, 2015. This presentation - audio from the presenters with visuals of the PowerPoint slides - is now available online to the UI community courtesy of the College of Nursing by clicking here.  If you wish to have the additional materials (sample budgets, key slides, and more) emailed to you, please contact Mary Blackwood.

Current Presentations

Grantsmanship for Team Science

Thursday, May 21, 2:30-4:00pm


This seminar offers research administrators and research/proposal development professionals insight about team science and facilitating competitive team science grant proposals.

Team science initiatives are characterized by cross-disciplinary collaboration focused on complex problem-, project-, or product-oriented research. Over the last decade, academia has generated an upsurge in team science initiatives, while external funding agencies in the United States and around the globe have made more collaborative and team-based science funding opportunities available. Grant proposal development for collaborative and interdisciplinary research differs from that for individual investigator-driven research.

The seminar will cover:

•             Proposal components;

•             Funding opportunities for team-based research;

•             Team development activities for inclusion in leadership/management plans;

•             How to foster effective communication and trust in teams; and,

•             A primer on evaluating team science.

The seminar is presented by Holly Falk-Krzesinski, VP for Global Academic & Research Relations at Elsevier, and founder of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

Registration is requested at:

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Research & Economic Development, Division of Sponsored Programs, and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Current Workshops

The Division of Sponsored Programs will hold a class on the DSP Proposal Routing Form that will cover all aspects of completing the form, from initiating the form to submission. Additional information covering why the form is necessary, why questions are asked and tips that will help all will be shared during the class.

While this class will be geared towards the first-time user experienced users may benefit as well.

To register for the class go the Employee Self-Service and look for My Training under Learning and Development.

Course ID: 758
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Date: 2/20/15
Location: 2520D Large Seminar Room _ University Capitol Centre

Current Webcasts

Getting Started with Cayuse 424 - This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the Cayuse 424 software, including navigation, retrieving opportunities, and starting a new proposal. New users will find this information useful.

Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00PM Pacific Time (4:00 PM Eastern):

Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern):

Budgeting FAQs in Cayuse 424 - This webinar will cover the five most Frequently Asked Questions about budgeting in Cayuse 424. New and experienced users alike will find this information useful. Please join us for 'Budgeting FAQs in Cayuse 424'.

Wednesday, May 13th at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00PM Eastern):

Subawards in Cayuse 424 & - This webinar will cover how to prepare and import subawards in Cayuse 424. We will also discuss how to prepare and export subawards from New users will find the information useful. This webinar is also open to those who are not currently Cayuse 424 customers but who have been asked to use by another institution.

Wednesday, May 13th at 1:00PM Pacific Time (4:00PM Eastern):

Thursday, May 21st at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00PM Eastern):

Multi-Project in Cayuse 424 - We will be hosting a webinar on August 28th detailing Cayuse 424's Multi-Project functionality.  This will be a quick overview of the new functionality, with most of the webinar time devoted to Q&A.

Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00PM Eastern):

Thursday, May 14th at 1:00PM Pacific Time (4:00PM Eastern):

Routing in Cayuse 424 - 63% of customers who use Cayuse 424 are currently utilizing the Routing tab in some manner. With the webinar 'Routing in Cayuse 424,' we will be discussing both basic and advanced functionality, as well as walking through the entire process. Whether you've been using routing since your institution's inception of Cayuse 424, or are thinking about giving it a try in the near future, join us for 'Routing in Cayuse 424'.

Wednesday, May 20th at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00PM Eastern):

The webinars include a long distance number, but it is not necessary to dial in if you have speakers connected to your computer. You will be unable to talk with attendees during these presentations, so we encourage you to listen through your computer.

 Past Presentations

  • Research Administrator Meetings (Quarterly) - November 27, 2012
  • DSP Presentations - The DSP staff will hold individual meetings and give group presentations upon request. Please review the available topics and scheduling information posted here
  • Cayuse Training (emphasizing NIH Cayuse/ applications, but useful for all federal Cayuse/ applications)
    Tues Sept 3, 2013: 2-4pm 2117 MERF (No need to pre-register.)
    Mon Sept 9, 2013: 10am - noon S401 PBB (No need to pre-register.)
  • Outgoing Subawards Fri June 12, 2015 9-10:30 1459 PBDB: View PowerPoint.

Past Workshops

  • NSF CAREER awards. The session will be offered on Thursday, March 27, 8:15-10:30am in 1117 UCC, and will feature two panels of successful CAREER awardees and CAREER reviewers. The panelists will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience. The session will also introduce applicants to on-campus resources, provide successful proposal examples, and share with tips from the NSF.

    Click here for more information.

  • NIH Public Access Workshops
    Wednesday, May 8, 3 - 4 pm
    Thursday, May 9, 10:30 - Noon
  • Conflict of Interest Process Training
    Thursday, Jan. 10 2:00 p.m. 2520D UCC
    Thursday, Jan. 17 1:00 p.m.  1502 JCP, Ziffren Conference Room
    Wednesday, Jan. 23 9:00 a.m.  1502 JCP, Ziffren Conference Room
    No registration is required. Just show up. If you have questions please email Mike Weaver.
  • Contract Tracking and Tips for Faculty and Staff
    What:  Demonstration and discussion for UI faculty and staff involved in routing contracts for signature through the Division of Sponsored Programs.
    When:  Tuesday, January 15   /  11:00 AM – Noon
    Where:  Iowa Memorial Union  /  Room 345 - Northwestern
    Instructors: Suzanne Doershuk and Angi Roemerman
    Maximum Enrollment: 40

    Come and meet contract triage specialists Angi Roemerman and Suzanne Doershuk. Learn about the contract review and award process in DSP.  Angi and Suzanne will demonstrate how to track the progress of your agreement using the DSP Contract Log and share tips to help you get your agreement signed and your MFK issued as quickly as possible.

    Please bring your questions!  Please register online at Learning and Development – Contract Tracking and Tips.  Last minute deciders also welcome.

  • NIH Training Webinar: New NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) -- October 17, 2012, 12:30-2:00 p.m., 2117 MERF
    The Division of Sponsored Programs invites NIH grantees and their departmental administrators to attend this webinar on the NIH RPPR – a new, eRA Commons-based module that will eventually replace the electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (eSNAP) and paper reporting system. Please e-mail to register.

  • NCURA Video: It Takes a Village to Manage Awards: Post-Award Issues for Pre-Award Research Administrators & Departmental Administrators- October 9, 2012
    This program will look at compliance issues related to proposal preparation, submission processes, award negotiation and acceptance, project management and closeout. Specific emphasis is placed on interdepartmental communication, budget/budget justification development, cost transfers, and cost sharing. Questions may be directed to Michael Weaver in DSP. Click here for more information about registering.

  • Grant Proposal-Writing Workshops: September 29 and 30, 2011
    The Office of the Vice President for Research, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and International Programs office will offer a series of grant proposal-writing workshops for UI faculty, staff, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars on September 29 and 30, 2011. Dr. Robert Porter of GrantWinners Seminars will lead three workshops on dedicated topics, including Writing Successful Grants; Career Development Grants for Pre- and Postdocs; and Building the NEH Grant Proposal. Each 3-hour session requires individual registration. To learn more about this programming, and to sign up to attend, please visit this website. Questions may be directed to Leslie Weatherhead in the OVPR.

  • Training: Proposal Preparation Session for UI Faculty and Staff: September 7, September 8, and September 14, 2011
    This training session will emphasize NIH applications, but will be useful for preparing applications to any federal agency. For more information, please go here.
  • Training: Subcontract Preparation Session for UI Faculty and Staff: September 19 and September 28, 2011
    This training session will emphasize NIH applications, but will be useful for preparing subcontract components in applications to any federal agency. For more information, please go here.
  • Staff Development Courses: Various Dates
    Courses on a variety of topics -- e.g., grant proposal-writing, grant budgeting, and grant management -- are offered at various times within the academic year. To review and register for available courses, please go here.

Web-Based Resources