Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Full Members.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.



Upcoming Coffee Talks

Espresso Chat on Research Contracts
August 7 | 3:00 pm ET

This Coffee Talk is re-titled an "Espresso Chat' due to the depth, variety, and weight of research contracting: just like a good espresso! Join us as we explore research contracting and contract law with our panel of contracting experts!

Discussion Leaders:

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Cindy Lopez, CRA
Director, Sponsored Programs Office
California State University, Monterey Bay

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Sandra M. Nordahl, CRA
Director, Sponsored Research Contracting and Compliance
San Diego State University Research Foundation

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Amy Sikalis
Director, Research and Science
Radiology
University of Utah


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Jon Teuber, MA
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute



Moderator: Gloria Greene, MA, CRA, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at dappler@srainternational.org.

Pre-Award Tips
September 2 | 2:00 pm ET

Whether you are new to research administration or an expert, organization and communication are two key skills to managing Pre-Award. This Coffee Talk will include the panel reviewing top frequently asked questions (FAQs), including using shared emails to alert the office of proposal interest, managing PIs' expectations, financial and regulatory compliance, and using templates and checklists.

Learning Objectives:
  • Distinguish funding mechanisms
  • Develop best initial steps for proposal development and submission
  • Determine when to escalate PI's concerns
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Monique Gregory, MRA, CRA
Manager, Contracts and Grants, Pre-Award
University of Central Florida


Anne Schauer
, MA CRA
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Miami University


Renee J. Vaughan, MDiv, MA, CRA
Financial Practice Manager
Duke University





Moderator: Gina Hedberg, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of South Alabama
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Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at dappler@srainternational.org.
 

What is Foreign Influence and When Should it be Disclosed?
October 1 | 2:00 pm ET

Foreign activities need to be reported through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflicts of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap.

This Coffee Talk will help you better understand the need to fully disclose all foreign involvement to minimize the chances of being non-compliant which can lead to the removal of individual(s) from the award, dis-allowance of costs to an award, withholding future awards, and the possibility of suspending or termination of an existing award.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what constitutes foreign involvement
  • Know what information should be disclosed to the funding agency
  • Better understand the need for full disclosure
Content Level: Basic

Discussion Leaders:


Gloria Greene, MA, CRA
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Debbie Pettitt
Senior Grants Management Officer
National Institutes of Health


Susan Wyatt Sedwick, PhD, CRA, CSM
Senior Consulting Specialist
Attain, LLC





Moderator: Mary Klein, PhD, Director, Office of Research and Technology Development, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

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Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at dappler@srainternational.org.

Making it Work: Fostering and Managing Relationships with PIs
November 4 | 3:00 pm ET

Did you hear the story about the difficult principal investigator who is always late with everything and is so demanding? How about the unhelpful research administrator who never seems to answer your calls? Do you dread working with certain investigators or administrators? Did your relationship with the new faculty member or administrator get off on the wrong foot?

Research, and by extension research administration, is a team sport. Principal investigators (PIs) and research administrators are crucial to the success of the research enterprise. Developing and sustaining good, working relationships between PIs and research administrators is imperative and can make a world of difference in running a well-oiled research office, department, school, or institution. But how do you foster these relationships and what can PIs and research administrators do to promote positive, professional, and productive relationships? Join us for this Coffee Talk as we address this important question from the perspective of both faculty investigators as well as research administrators.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand relationship building in research administration from multiple perspectives
  2. Use open communication strategies to build trust in practice
  3. Encourage team building an understanding of shared goals
  4. Understand how relationship demands may change throughout the research cycle
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

Jose Alcaine
Dr. Jose G. Alcaine

Director, of Research Services
Affiliate Faculty, Foundations of Education
School of Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Jason Chow

Assistant Professor
College of Education
University of Maryland

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Tamara T. Hatch, MBA

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award
James Madison University

 


Moderator: Georgetta Dennis, Accountant III, Auburn University
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Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member

Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at dappler@srainternational.org.
 

Let's Talk About Foundations as Sponsors
December 3 | 2:00 pm ET

Have you been wondering how to break the ice in approaching a Foundation for funding? What is acceptable indirect costs for work with a non-profit? How do you decide if the funds from a non-profit go through the sponsored programs office or a different office related to your organization? How do development offices work with sponsored programs and other campus offices? 501c3 or not 501c3 – that is the question? What do you do if funds come in from a Foundation and you find out that there are terms you weren’t expecting? Let’s discuss some different viewpoints on these questions and hear from YOU if there are other items of interest you’ve been wondering about in relationship to doing business with Foundations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common avenues on finding and soliciting funds from foundations.
  • Examine options for appropriate indirect costs and common restrictions.
  • Determine if the funds from a foundation are a sponsored project or a gift.
Content Level: Basic

Discussion Leaders:


Marilyn Korhonen, Ed.D
Director of Foundation Relations
University of Oklahoma Advancement

M. Fran Stephens, CRA
Director of Pre-Award Services
University of Oklahoma
SRAI Distinguished Faculty


Ellen Zavala
Director of Research Services & Outreach
University of North Carolina at Charlotte





Moderator: Elenora Levin, Grant Administrator, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Registration is free for Full Members of SRAI. You need to register to receive the login information.
Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member

Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at dappler@srainternational.org.
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See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!


"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"