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Training

GENERAL

RESEARCH NEWS LISTSERVS

ORED currently has three different listservs available as resources. Please visit our Listservs page to find out more information.

PRE-AWARD

LIMITED SUBMISSIONS

Funding agencies (sponsors) may place limits on the number of letters of intent, pre-proposals, or proposals that any one university can submit in response to a funding opportunity announcement (commonly referred to as a Request for Proposals – RFP). The Limited Submissions Grant Application Process is designed to support an equitable review while preventing any disqualifications due to submissions from The University of Alabama beyond the allowed number. To learn more about the process visit the Limited Submissions page.

PIVOT

Presented by ORPD, attendees will learn how to utilize Pivot to locate external funding opportunities. Research faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to create an account in Pivot and to receive personalized weekly Funding Alert emails with funding announcements that match their specific research interests. Funding sponsors include federal agencies, commercial organizations, private foundations, other nonprofits, and professional associations. The session is one hour long. All faculty, staff, and students, have access to Pivot.

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Proposal Development Series is a webinar series presented by experts employed by The Implementation Group (TIG). This is a four-day targeted proposal development series for early to mid-career faculty. Topics include how to interact with funding agencies, how to analyze a program solicitation, the anatomy of a proposal, and best practices for developing a competitive narrative.

CAYUSE RESEARCH SUITE

The Cayuse Research Suite is a connected cloud-based research suite that is designed to simplify the preparation and electronic submission of proposals and other research administration processes. The system provides faculty and administrators with the opportunity to improve efficiency, collaboration, and compliance specific to research administration processes. To learn more visit the Cayuse Research page.

POST-AWARD

BANNER RESEARCH

In order to access Banner Research forms, you must attend a Banner Research Training session. In order to register for a Banner Research Training session, you must first have completed Banner Navigation training. If you have not taken this training previously, please contact Staff Development and Training at (205) 348-9700. Banner Finance is also recommended. To register for Banner Research, Banner Hot Tips, or E-print Training, please contact Contract & Grant Accounting at (205) 348-1846.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

SPONSORED PROGRAMS DASHBOARD (SPD)

DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATORS MANUAL

EFFORT REPORTING SYSTEM

To learn more visit the Effort Reporting page.

RESEARCH COMPLIANCE

Cayuse Outside Interests (Mentioned in OSP Cayuse too)

ANIMAL SUBJECTS (IACUC)

The IACUC requires that all IACUC members, researchers, students, and anyone working with laboratory animals complete training prior to any involvement with animal subjects. The IACUC supports two online training programs that are designed to provide the user with the required information on the humane care and use of laboratory animals as mandated by federal regulations. To learn more, visit the ORC Animal Subjects Research page.

BIOSAFETY

Please note that CITI biosafety coursework and that which is assigned by EHS through Skillsoft are separate assignments. You will need to initiate the CITI coursework aided by the instructions on the ORC Biological Safety Program page. For more information on the required training, contact the Biological Safety Officer, at (205) 348-5941.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Conflict of Interest (COI) training is required once every 4 years and should be completed by each investigator prior to engaging in any research or sponsored activity related to a funded grant or contract (refer to Section III. D. of the Policy on Conflict of Interest). The COI training course is administered through the CITI Program, which is accessible via myBama. The course consists of a brief introduction and 5 modules. If you have already completed the COI training, you will not be required to complete the new CITI COI course until your training expires 4 years from the date of initial completion. You will receive an email notification to renew your COI training prior to expiration. For more information, including course enrollment instructions, visit the ORC Conflict of Interest page.

IRB/HUMAN SUBJECT

Under federal regulations, any research activity involving a human participant cannot begin until all persons involved in the research are appropriately trained. This educational requirement includes not only training for the principal investigator but also training for co-investigators, students, and any personnel on the project who will be collecting data, intervening with the human participant or who has access to identifiable data. Training must be complete before protocols are submitted, regardless of whether the project is funded or unfunded.

The training requirement may be fulfilled by completing the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program training module for either medical or non-medical research. University of Alabama faculty, staff, and students can access the CITI Program’s Human Subjects Research Training through their existing myBama accounts. UA users should log into the myBama CITI Login Portal using their myBama username and password. All other non-UA investigators should go to www.citiprogram.org to access the training.

Training must be completed every three years. The Office of Research Compliance will notify investigators of when their training expires. To learn more visit the ORC Human Subjects Research (IRB) page.

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

UA currently utilizes Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) courses in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for its online training in RCR. The CITI course in RCR is a comprehensive online training tool including seven RCR modules: research misconduct, responsible data acquisition & management, responsible authorship, responsible peer review, mentoring, conflicts of interests, and collaborative research. For CITI instructions, registration, and other information, visit the ORC Responsible Conduct of Research page.

TWO MINUTE TUESDAYS

In an effort to provide education and support to our faculty, staff, and administrators, The Office for Research & Economic Development presents, brief videos lasting only 2-3 minutes on specific, targeted subject matter. The subjects are diverse and timely to keep UA employees up to date and informed on the ever-changing rules, procedures, and regulations in University research. If you have questions, or suggestions for topics, please email Lauren Wilson.

FACULTY WORKSHOPS

NSF CAREER PROGRAM

NSF CAREER Program is a virtual workshop presented by Dr. Kelvin Chu, former NSF program officer. Topics include an overview of TIG services, a background on the NSF CAREER program, best practices for developing a 1-pager for NSF program staff, how to develop a compelling project description with integrated plans for research and education, and the NSF merit review process.

HOW TO SPEAK WITH A PROGRAM OFFICER

This workshop, led by Dr. John C. Higginbotham, Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development, provides guidance to research faculty on how and when to communicate with funding agency program officers. Sometimes communicating with a program officer can be intimidating. It can also be difficult to interpret the bureaucratic language. This workshop will cover these topics and many more.

NETWORKING: COLLABORATIVE ARTS RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI) is an interdisciplinary, arts-focused research engine driven by the interests of faculty from across the University. By facilitating collaborations across disciplines, CARI maximizes the impact of faculty arts research, while enriching the University, local, and regional communities. This speed networking session seeks to assist UA faculty interested in pursuing collaborative arts research. We invite UA faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to participate in a discussion of ongoing projects, potential funding sources, and next steps toward forming collaborative teams and structuring projects. We encourage faculty with active research projects as well as those with interest in future projects to participate in this networking opportunity. Speed Networking is a fun and fast-paced way to bring together faculty researchers from different disciplines who otherwise might not meet. The goal is to provide a structured format in which researchers can explore new partnerships outside their usual group of collaborators, discuss research expertise, spark new approaches, and evaluate the potential for future collaboration.

EXTERNAL RESOURCES