The Office of Research offers comprehensive training and education programs to meet the needs of faculty, staff, postdocs and students involved in the conduct of research at Ohio State. These programs are structured to provide a better understanding of the requirements, policies and administrative processes that impact the research enterprise.

Classroom Training

Classroom-based training, workshops and seminars on topics such as proposal development and submission, Cayuse424, the PI Portal and IRB forms help.

Training and Workshops

Web-based training, workshops, seminars, and presentations related to responsible research practices, financial stewardship, research compliance issues, commercialization of intellectual property, electronic research administration tools, and other aspects of research administration.

Academic Leadership in Research Administration Panel Discussion
Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Janet Weisenberger, moderates a discussion about the college research officers’ and deans’ roles and responsibilities in support of research. Panelists include: Sebastian Knowles, Associate Dean for Research, College of Humanities; Elizabeth Lenz, Dean, College of Nursing; and Mary Ellen Wewers, Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health.

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American Heart Association – Peer Reviewer Panel Discussion
This interactive panel discussion features Ohio State faculty who serve as AHA peer reviewers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the proposal development process and how to prepare a proposal that exceeds reviewers’ expectations.

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American Heart Association – Overview of the Grants@Heart Proposal System
An overview of the American Grants@Heart online proposal system. This is the system you will use to create and submit your proposal to the American Heart Association.

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Being a PI at OSU – Roles and Responsibilities
This workshop will discuss the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators. An introductory overview of the various Office of Research support units (Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Responsible Research Practices, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Office of Research Compliance) and the services they provide to researchers.

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Caroline Whitacre Addresses ARC Members
New Vice President for Research, Caroline Whitacre, addresses ARC members and welcomes them to the new academic year.

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Entrepreneurial Faculty: Advancing Innovation in a University Setting
Lesa Mitchell, Vice President with the Kauffman Foundation, shares initiatives to advance innovations and discusses higher education’s participation in the process.

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Facilities and Administrative (Indirect) Costs at The Ohio State University
Tom Ewing, Associate University Controller, provides an overview of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs including how rates are calculated and how F&A is distributed back to colleges.

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Federal Science Research and Development Priorities for 2010 and Beyond
Kei Koizumi, a leading authority on the federal budget, federal support for research and development, science policy issues, and R&D funding delivers “Federal Science Research and Development Priorities for 2010 and Beyond”.

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Fellowship Writing in the Arts & Humanities: A Panel Discussion (recorded 2/21/17)
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Getting to Know PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
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Human Participants in Research
This educational video from the Office of Responsible Research Practices provides investigators, research staff, and students with an overview of federal and university requirements for human subjects research and Institutional Review Board review. Note: This presentation is introductory and will not satisfy the OSU training requirements for investigators and key personnel.

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Introduction to Cayuse 424
The Cayuse SF424 system is a web-based product that facilitates electronic preparation and submission of proposals to federal agencies including NIH, NSF, and USDA. The product provides significant auto-filling of forms, extensive error checking, and the ability to see the entire proposal as it will look to reviewers before submission – for both PC and Mac users.

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NIH Grant Application Format Changes: Panel Discussion Featuring Study Section Peer Reviewers
This workshop is designed to help the Ohio State research community better understand the NIH grant application format changes and the “Enhancing Peer Review” initiative. All NIH grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2010 will be required to use restructured forms and new instructions that include information on shorter page limits and new review criteria. Panelists from Ohio State will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance on meeting the new page limitations and other changes.

Presenters: Caroline Whitacre, PhD, Larry Schlesinger, MD, Joanna Groden, PhD, Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, PhD, Samir Ghadiali, PhD, Tina Henkin, PhD, and Clay Marsh, MD.

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NSF Funded Faculty Panel Discussion
A panel of investigators, who have received funding from NSF, provide insight with regard to working with the NSF. Each panelist shares his or her thoughts about what helped them when they were first starting out, the proposal review process, and how to best work with this sponsor throughout proposal development and submission.

Opportunities and Challenges in University-Industry Partnerships
Our speaker, Dr. Susan Butts, is a national leader in the promotion of successful university-industry research collaborations in support of American competitiveness. She has provided testimony to Congress and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

This program is part of the Research Symposium Series on The Changing Environment for Academic Research.

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Removing the Barriers to Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Interdisciplinary collaboration takes finesse and perseverance. Panelists from three colleges will share their successes in removing barriers and achieving integrated academic goals that cross college boundaries. Carol Whitacre, Vice President for Research, will moderate the panel discussion. This workshop was originally offered by the Office of Human Resources – Academic Leader Development program.

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Universities, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development: Lessons from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Tim Mulcahy addresses Ohio State’s research community regarding this academic year’s theme of “Faculty as Entrepreneurs and Innovators.” Dr. Mulcahy is Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota and also serves as the President of the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) under the National Academies.

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The Office of Research subscribes to a series of panel discussion-style workshops on a variety of research administration topics offered by the National Council of University Research Administrators. These programs are available on DVD. To borrow a recording listed below contact the Office of Research at or 614-292-1582.

Audits and the Audit Process (aired 01/13/2009 – available in DVD format)
This program examines the audit process and the differences between audits, reviews, inspections and investigations. How auditors approach an audit and the various institutional roles including that of the institutional audit and compliance officer, the central research administrator, and the departmental research administrator will be discussed.

Complex Agreements (aired 06/10/2008 – available in DVD format)
Getting research results from the bench to the public can take many paths and involve several types of agreements outside of the initial supporting research award. These may include non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, and license agreements with start-up companies. This program focuses on these agreements and areas of risk, accounting issues, institutional and individual conflicts of interest, protection of human subjects, effort certification for investigators, publications, and the special challenges one faces in administering collaborations with multiple parties and multi-site clinical trial programs.

Conflict of Interest: How to Spot and Manage It (aired 06/12/2007 – available in DVD format)
This program provides tips on what to do when a conflict of interest is uncovered and where individuals should go for help. The faculty panel shares best practices in managing a COI and provides examples of what works and what doesn’t.

Cost Sharing: Why No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (aired 03/10/2009 – available in DVD format)
The program includes a review of the types of costs that qualify for cost sharing, the accepted categories of cost sharing, and the requirements for documenting and reporting it. The panel discusses the various “pressure points” of cost sharing, from proposal, to award, to project closeout. In addition, the relationships among cost sharing, effort reporting, and indirect cost rates create the need for sophisticated systems to manage the complexities, and the panel will address key points of intersection. Finally, the panel clarifies important risk areas arising from a heightened emphasis on cost sharing in recent audits.

Critical Issues for the Department Administrator (aired 03/23/2010 – available in DVD format)
Successful administration of sponsored projects starts with the department administrator. With all of the rules, regulations, and audit scrutiny, effective day-to-day management is critical. This program discusses strategies for proposal budgeting, managing and monitoring expenditures, PI effort, and procurement card use to avoid cost transfers. This program also addresses the various strategies necessary for managing different types of sponsored awards e.g., contracts vs. grants. The program is designed to share best practices and tools required by department administrators who support sponsored projects, including those involved with proposal preparation, those who originate or approve transactions on sponsored accounts, and those who review or monitor expenditures on sponsored projects.

Effective Proposal Development (aired 03/11/2008 – available in DVD and VHS format)
This program provides a number of best practices in proposal development functions. Connecting faculty with funding, facilitating collaborations, and managing limited submissions are discussed.

Effort Reporting (aired 03/06/2007 – available in DVD and VHS format)
This program will provide the audience with guidance on everything from the bare-bones reporting necessary to stay in compliance to what some institutions are developing to help streamline their effort reporting process.

F&A Rates for the Non-Accountant (aired 06/09/2009 – available in DVD format)
This program removes some of the “mystery” of the F&A rate preparation process and hopefully provides viewers with a greater appreciation of the institutional processes and policies that can impact the F&A rate.

The Fiscal Aspects of Human Subjects Compliance (aired 07/11/2009 – available in DVD format)
Human Subject Research billing is one of the “hot topics” nationally and is being given more and more attention by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A number of high-profile cases have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements. Research administrators, who are often involved in negotiating agreements or managing post-award activities related to these human research studies, need to understand the issues involved and be prepared to develop procedures to ensure institutional compliance with applicable laws. This session will provide an overview of laws, regulations, and recent enforcement activity related to billing, discuss recent examples of non-compliance (including settlements), and discuss best practices to ensure compliance. Acceptable agreement language related to this type of billing will also be covered.

Good Customer Service for Research Administrators: How to Support the Research Endeavor at Your Institution (aired 09/09/2008 – available in DVD and VHS format)
A panel of experts examines who the customer is and what constitutes good customer service. Panel members look at the roles of the central sponsored programs office staff and the role of the departmental administrator. Highlights of the discussion include the elements of customer service that work both ways between central and departmental research administrators and how this relationship is critical to good service to the ultimate customer: the PI.

Non-Financial Research Compliance (aired 06/10/2010 – available in DVD format)
Given the continuously changing research environment, central and departmental administrators have had to equip themselves with the latest information in order to respond to and manage their institutional research efforts. Research administrators must familiarize themselves with the various research compliance areas that will impact their daily activities, such as research integrity, conflict of interest, protection of human subjects, care and use of animals in research, use of hazardous agents and recombinant DNA. To assist with daily decision-making, this program will include information on regulatory requirements and recent developments in relation to research compliance. Institutions can benefit by learning how others are adapting to the continuously changing research environment.

Managing Financial Requirements of Awards (aired 01/26/2010 – available in DVD format)
Awards for extramural funding carry a variety of requirements and restrictions. Appropriately administering awards will require policies and procedures and, potentially, electronic systems to meet a myriad of financial and administrative responsibilities. This program will focus on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars related to financial and administrative issues for universities and non-profit organizations. The session will also address issues related to financial management of grants and contracts from various sources while sharing recent developments and best practices.

Sponsored Projects Essentials (aired 01/23/2007 – available in DVD and VHS formats)
This veteran faculty panel addresses due diligence when making decisions and what the process should be. Panel members discuss the underlying themes (pre-award, post-award, departmental, costing, audit and compliance) that all research administrators should be thinking about with every transaction they process.

Sub-Awards: A Survivor’s Guide to Key Concepts and Principles (aired 09/11/2007 – available in DVD format)
Drawn from NCURA’s seven-week on-line tutorial, this broadcast is intended as a review for mid-level research administrators and provides enough basic information to help those who are new to the world of subcontracting to survive! The faculty who designed and developed NCURA’s tutorial share case studies, discuss “Dos and Don’ts,” and dispel myths that may be creating anxiety for those new to this arena.

Subrecipient Monitoring: Assessing Risk (aired 09/15/2009 – available in DVD format)
This program provides an in-depth discussion, starting with the OMB Circular A-133 compliance supplement, risk assessments and how they’re used, and the different models used for monitoring. Issues such as monitoring large for-profit organizations, start-up companies, and foreign subagreements are addressed.