Workshops

Workshops

Half-Day Workshops, Monday, April 26 & Tuesday, April 27, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS1: Emerging from COVID-19—Success Strategies for 2021 and Beyond

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on how everyone in research and education and works. Whereas working in the office everyday--supported by various policies--used to be the norm, now, many of those policies are being reassessed. As employees and businesses have learned how to successfully work from home, new strategies have emerged. The most effective teams are leveraging tools that maximize productivity and impact in this new era. This session explores:

  • The idea that we all need to work from a central location, vs. working from everywhere, and the kinds of support needed for that scenario to succeed
  • Coping with increased proposals and maximizing responsiveness across everyone involved in the Pre-Award process
  • Managing increased revenues
  • The need for effective reporting and increased visibility and transparency

Content Level: Basic

Speaker(s):

Andrea Moshier, Solutions Consultant; Heather Winters, Solutions Consultant; Jennifer Walsh, Product Manager; Matty Gilreath, Customer Success Manager, Cayuse

Full-Day Workshops, Monday, April 26 & Tuesday, April 27, 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

WS2: Leadership in Research Management – Theory and Practice

If you “Google” leadership theory, you will be inundated with all sorts off philosophies, strategies, and advice. But what’s different in a research management context? Leaders in research management are often dealing with very brilliant people such as scientists, physicians, and academics with the highest degree levels - this can be intimidating. Research managers are often influencing people over whom they have no direct line management and indeed, in some cases, where there is no culture of line management. At the same time, within their own institutions, research and its management are often seen as a secondary issue to the “real” administrative issues like finance, HR, IT, etc. Research managers must therefore be skilled advocates for research management with other senior administrators within their own organizations. To rise through the ranks (as many research managers do), and have an impact on both very intelligent researchers, and senior administrators, research managers must hone a very special skill set. It takes inner strength and confidence to rise to a level where top professionals will listen and learn.


Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):
Debra Schaller-Demers, Research Outreach and Compliance, RCR, IACUC, IBC, ESCRO, and Export Control Administration, Research Laboratory Safety Committee (RLSC) Chair, Research and Technology Management, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  

WS3: Financial Management

As research administrators responsible for all institutional research and related activities involving externally and internally sponsored projects, it is important to be conversant with a myriad of topics related to managing sponsored projects. Having an understanding of financial management is an important area for those who are in the pre-award and compliance as well as post award. As a result, this workshop will highlight the roles and responsibilities of the administrative/scientific staff while identifying the types of funding instruments institutions receive to support their research programs. The workshop will also highlight the administrative requirements specifically outlined within 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Guidance) with in-depth discussions surrounding topics such as compensation, prior approval requests from sponsor, re-budgeting, cost transfers, cost sharing and standards regarding documentation for all expenditures and various ways to manage based on shared experiences.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand ways to assure compliance with award requirements throughout the projects duration, closeout, and beyond
2. Learn the importance of developing a budget that is compliant and supports the scope of work being performed

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):
Rene Hearns, Assistant Director "IIRECC"/Study Coordinator/Budget Analyst, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System; Kate McCormick, Senior Grant Administrator, Suffolk University

WS4: NIH Grants Fundamentals

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fundamentals provides a foundation in grants from NIH. As NIH is the single largest federal grant-awarding agency, the program is perfect both for someone new to research administration and for research administrators expanding their knowledge of federal funding agencies. The curriculum, a full-day workshop, provides an overview to the procedures and policies essential to preparing successful applications to and managing grant awards from the National Institutes of Health.

Content Level: Basic
Learning Objectives:
1. An overview of NIH including its mission, institutes, and funding focus. Where to locate funding opportunities and navigating through the grant life cycle.
2. Basics of NIH proposal preparation and submission. NIH funding paths: From pre-doctoral fellowships to large scale research projects.
3. Latest Policy Updates
Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):
Dede Rutberg, Chief Grants Management Officer, National Institutes of Health