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Education Opportunities

Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is developing a comprehensive research administration education program.  The program will include in-person interactive learning experiences, video tutorials, reference guides, and other workshops and events meant to provide support and professional development for research administrators, faculty, and students involved in research.

As the program develops, opportunities will be listed below.  Please send any suggestions or comments to brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

Skype and Webex Meetings Quick Start Guides

PLEASE NOTE: the recordings below have a voice introduction before the video begins playing.

This tutorial includes all you need to know to get started using Skype for Business from either Office 365 or the Skype for Business app.  Play Recording

This tutorial includes finding and accessing UConn Webex, scheduling a meeting, starting a meeting on the fly, and all the functionality of the program.  Play Recording

If you have any questions about either application, please contact Brenda Lowther at 860-559-0831, at brenda.lowther@uconn.edu, or on Skype for Business.

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Webinar

NSF conducted a webinar on February 6, 2020, covering the significant changes to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for preparation of both documents.
  • Use of an NSF-approved format will not be required until implementation of PAPPG 20-1 on June 1, 2020.
  • To assist the community, NSF has developed websites with additional information for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support.
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

NIH Grant Policy Statement Book Club

The NIH Grant Policy Statement Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. You are asked to read the materials in advance and come ready with your questions and/or discussion topics.  No registration is required and you do not have to attend all the meetings.  For more information and the meeting location, please email brenda.lowther@uchc.edu

UConn Health Funding Module Training – Account Management System

Pertains to UConn Health Faculty and Staff members who use the Account Management System (AMS).

This 10 minute video explains the funding module available in the (AMS).  Faculty and Staff can use this video to learn how to navigate the AMS system to find the information needed to manage their awards.  Please contact ersadmin@uchc.edu for questions regarding the AMS system.  For questions regarding any UConn or UConn Health Training, please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

Federal Costing Principles Interactive Learning Experience

Federal Costing Principles

If you are interested in this training please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.  There are no sessions planned at this time but can be presented if there is interest.
This training was initially held in January 2019.

For questions regarding any UConn or UConn Health Training, please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

In this three hour interactive learning experience, research administrators will engage in activities designed to help them:

  • confidently explain the importance of Uniform Guidance in research administration
  • evaluate costs to federally funded accounts against Uniform Guidance requirements to ensure compliance
  • make informed and accurate costing decisions using Uniform Guidance requirements as the foundation
  • make use of available UConn/UConn Health resources for questions and assistance

Subaward Procedures from Proposal to Closeout – An Interactive Learning Experience

If you are interested in this training please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.  There are no sessions planned at this time but can be presented if there is interest.
This training was initially held in February 2019.

In this three hour interactive learning experience, research administrators will engage in activities designed to help them:

  • accurately evaluate, compile, prepare, and submit subaward documentation for a proposal
  • accurately evaluate, compile, prepare, and submit documentation for new subaward or an amendment
  • confidently explain the roll of the PI, the department administrator, and Sponsored Program Services from proposal to closeout
  • make use of available UConn/UConn Health resources for questions and assistance

For questions regarding any UConn or UConn Health Training, please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

NCURA Webinars

NCURA Webinars can be found on the OVPR-SPS NCURA Webinars Channel (NetID Logon required).

SPA Moments Infographics

These infographics are meant to provide a brief overview of subjects relevant to grants administration.  If you have a suggestion for a future infographic, email brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.