Office for Sponsored Programs Special Topic Workshops and Events Archive

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The Office for Sponsored Programs and the Office for Research periodically offer workshops and networking sessions to assist research faculty. The special topic sessions are offered throughout the semester and announced as scheduled through the Research News Listserv and sent to the Associate Deans for Research. Registration for these events will be administered directly by the Office for Sponsored Programs. If you have questions about a specific session, please notify the registration contact for that session or call the Office for Sponsored Programs at 348-5152.

Current Special Topic Workshops and Events

Special Topics Workshop and Event Archive

 

2015

 

Working Group: UA Eco-Health

Purpose: To bring together UA faculty across diverse disciplines to build an inter-disciplinary network of researchers with collaborative interests, integrative approaches and capabilities in the broad theme of environmental health sciences.

Objectives and Goals: To develop a forum for extramural proposal submissions via the creation of the UA Eco-Health Working Group to support faculty interactions to develop proposal ideas, communicate research findings to campus as well as UA system researchers, identify FOA opportunities and interactions with SROs, program managers etc., with the goal of securing extramural funding from federal agencies including NIH/NIEHS, DoD DARPA, NSF, industry, and foundations targeting graduate student training grants, individual investigator awards, and consortium project grants.

Background: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, continued pressures for the reclamation of brown fields for residential developments, and the legacy of remediation activities at designated Superfund sites are frequent environmental health-related topics that garner news headlines as our communities, governments, and policy makers seek questions about the environmental (contaminant) exposure impacts on human health.

In addition to studying the impact of acute- and low-level chemical exposures, investigating environmental exposures, i.e., internal (e.g., human microbiome, infectious agents, stress, nutritional sources) as well as external (i.e., chemical environmental pollutants) stress and translating these studies into applications for public health, health economics, and disease etiology through innovative inter-disciplinary interactions bridging biologists, chemists, engineers, social scientists, computer scientists etc., is needed to better address and mitigate the risks posed by current and emerging environmental health exposures.

The NIH National Institutes of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS) Environmental Health Sciences 2012-2017 Strategic Plan (NIH Publication No. 12-7935) states that the broad field of environmental health sciences is “undergoing a conceptual shift”. This shift requires a new understanding of how low level, common exposures contribute to the development of widespread disorders, like diabetes, developmental delays, and other health problems, is changing the traditional paradigm of environmental health research.

Faculty Workshop Series - NIH Career Development (K) Awards:  Keys to Success

Description:  Dr. Giyeon Kim, Associate Professor in the Alabama Research Institute on Aging and the Department of Psychology will be leading a workshop on NIH K awards.  This workshop is designed to discuss a wide range of topics relating to NIH K awards. Specific topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to the following: (1) who should consider applying for NIH K awards (i.e., eligibility); (2) when to apply K awards; (3) how to build an interdisciplinary team for the K application; (4) what are some key elements for the K application; (5) what do reviewers want to see in the K application; and (6) Are there any “secret” requirements for the successful K application?  In addition, Dr. Kim will share general tips for the grant writing process, as well as NIH K awards specific tips.  Dr. Kim will use her NIH funded K award application as an example of successful interdisciplinary team work.

Date:              Monday, November 16th, 2015
Time:              2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location:        Gorgas Library, Room 205

For questions, please contact the Office for Sponsored Programs

Faculty Workshop Series - How to Speak with a Program Officer

Description: Dr. John Higginbotham, Associate Vice President for Research, will be leading this workshop. Sometimes communicating with a program officer can be intimidating.  It can also be difficult to interpret the bureaucratic-speak.  This workshop will cover these topics and many more. Because lunch will be provided for this workshop, please register no later than Tuesday, October 6th. This workshop will be offered quarterly.

Date:              Friday, October 9th, 2015
Time:              12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:        Rose Administration, Room G54

For questions, please contact the Office for Sponsored Programs

Speed Networking: Sustainable Energy

Description:  Sustainable Energy, a research focus for the university, requires a variety of disciplines to investigate conventional, alternative, and renewable energy options in a dynamic environment.  During this session, research faculty with interests in sustainable energy advancements and technologies, will investigate developing new collaborations and research projects.  Participation from a variety of disciplines (engineering, chemistry, geological sciences, biological sciences, mathematics, business, law) is encouraged. Potential research projects include, but are not limited to, the production and storage and clean combustion of fuels resulting from biomass, industrial waste and by-products, and solar and wind energy as well as the impact of energy use on the environment. We are also interested in the societal aspects of energy use including economic factors and regulations, especially for the state of Alabama.

Date:  Friday, October 16, 2015
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Gorgas Library, Room 205

Speed Networking: Disaster Related Research

Description: The study of the effects of disasters (natural and man-made) encompasses a wide range of sciences. The devastation after a disaster has strong influence on physical structures, human psyche, communications outlets, provision of emergency services, and community operations. Faculty with research interests in engineering forensics, PTSD and/or grief interventions, meteorological events, flooding effects, risk management, mass media, digital communications, deployment of emergency services, and weather preparedness are encourage to attend this session to explore ways to develop new collaborations and research directions.

Date:  Friday, October 23, 2015
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Gorgas Library, Room 205

Team Building Workshops - NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

The next MRSEC competition will begin in 2016. The CAF and OSP have teamed up to make the materials science faculty aware of this competition and begin an effort to prepare a competitive MRSEC proposal. Here is a link to the 2013 MRSEC solicitation:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13556/nsf13556.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NSF MRSECs:

  • Sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality to address fundamental problems in science and engineering
  • 2 to 5 M$ per year depending on the number of interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs)
  • 6 year period of performance

The core of the MRSEC is the IRGs. An IRG consists of:

  • a team of faculty, post docs, graduate students and undergraduate students
  • from different disciplines
  • with a common mission of basic materials science in a focused area

The purpose of the team building workshop is to bring together interested research faculty and provide a venue where faculty can self-assemble into teams, which might develop into IRGs.

Agenda

  • Brief overview of MRSECs and a definition of an IRG
  • Breakout sessions for team building

If you are interested in getting involved or have an idea for an IRG, plan to attend one or more of the sessions below:

Date

Time

Thursday, July 9

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Monday, July 20

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 11

9:00 to 11:00 am

Friday, August 28

3:30 to 5:30 pm

Location:  Gorgas Library Room 205

NSF Overview: A Program Manager’s Perspective

Dr. Behzad Mortazavi, UA Associate Professor in Biological Sciences and Program Officer at NSF, will discuss multiple aspects of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for UA research faculty and students. Discussions will include a general overview of the NSF with special emphasis on directorates and announcements related to biological and environmental sciences.

Dr. Mortazavi will also provide an overview of the NSF federal budget request, emphasizing new items in the request for the next fiscal year. Budget request changes frequently foreshadow the creation of new initiatives in future budget cycles. An overview of what constitutes a good proposal, as well as special programs and the emphasis on interdisciplinary science, will be discussed.

Additionally, ample time will be available for questions and open discussion.

Date:  Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Click here to view the recorded presentation.

How to Work with the USDA Forest Service

Presented by: The staff of the Talladega National Forest, Oakmulgee District

UA Faculty with interests in collaboration with the Talladega National Forest are encouraged to attend this workshop at the Brent, AL location. The staff of the Forrest Service will discuss best practices when working with their agency in research endeavors and classroom activities. Topics covered will include: how researchers and students should identify themselves when on site, where to go, and not go, on the grounds, best procedures when arranging class activities on site, when collection permits are needed, how to request a support letter for a proposal submission, and many other areas that will expedite a variety of collaborative projects including working with established research and monitoring programs such as NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network).

The session will also include a dialog with Forest Service staff on potential collaborative endeavors

Date:  Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Speed Networking: Water Science, Policy, and Law

Description:  Water is the strategic resource of the 21st century. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the State of Alabama where water policy is currently the focus of considerable political attention and where economic growth is inextricably linked to water availability. Improving the nexus between water science, policy, and law will improve the adaptability and resilience of the policy process to new stresses and challenges that are arising in the Alabama water resources spectrum.

The University of Alabama (UA), the flagship institution of higher learning in the state, is uniquely qualified to utilize the tripartite interdisciplinary approach of science, policy, and law, to provide applied research and policy development that addresses all aspects of water resources. This speed networking/roundtable discussion session is aimed at developing an intra-campus UA Water Science, Policy, and Law Working Group which can provide critical faculty and staff based expertise that promotes a true interdisciplinary approach (science, policy, and law) to addressing domestic (intrastate and interstate) water resources issues in support of development of state water policy and enhanced water resources management.

The overall goal is to establish the UA as the state’s leader in holistic water resources research and to provide forward-thinking institutions, organizations and governments with construction resolution of emerging challenges at the intersection of water science, policy, and law, emphasizing sound science, applied research, economic development, public policy development, strategic counseling, water diplomacy, mediation of conflicts, crisis management, creative dispute resolution and enhanced relations with stakeholders and community groups.

Date:   Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The New SF 424 Biosketch

Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Dr. John Higginbotham, Associate Vice President for Research, will be providing an overview of the recent and significant changes to the Biographical Sketch which is required for all proposal submissions using the SF 424.  Examples of agencies within DHHS utilizing the SF 424 are NIH, CDC, HRSA and SAMSHA.  Dr. Higginbotham will discuss the new page limit, the new format, and tips to assist faculty with their Biosketch for current and future proposals. These monumental changes will soon become required for all agencies that submit proposals using the SF 424. Per NIH Notice NOT-OD-15-032, NIH and AHRQ . . . will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

Dates:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015


2014


Speed Networking Session:  Juvenile Justice – UA Researchers and Community Partners

Description:  Designed to encourage collaboration between UA faculty and community agencies, this unique speed networking session will be hosted by the Youth Services Institute (YSI).  Part of the University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, YSI provides both residential and community-based services and interventions to youth involved with the Alabama juvenile justice.

Representatives from local youth-serving agencies including the juvenile justice system, the Alabama Department of Youth Services, along with UA faculty possessing expertise in related areas will have an opportunity to develop new agency/university collaborations.

Faculty with research interests associated with adding to knowledge about youth in conflict with the law, child/adolescent mental health intervention within the juvenile justice system, holistic services and/or intervention planning for juvenile offenders, criminal justice research, and the reduction of juvenile crime recidivism rates are encouraged to participate.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014

Speed Networking Session:  Energy & Water

Description:  Based on a growing trend in research funding opportunities, this networking session is the combination of two previous networking topics.  Faculty with research interests and expertise in either Energy or Water are encouraged to participate.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

Speed Networking Session:  Big Data

Description:  Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in technological advancements in the collection, storage, and analysis of big data as well as faculty with research that produces large data sets.  Researchers in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to participate.   Areas of interest and expertise include, but are not limited to, cyber technology, cyber security, health care technology/devices, analytics, and data-mining.

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Locate Research Funding Opportunities – An Intro to Pivot

Description:  Chris Horn, a Training/Education Consultant partner at ProQuest, will be at the University of Alabama on Thursday, August 14.  After an introduction from Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, Vice President for Research, our Pivot Educational representative will demonstrate how to maximize finding funding opportunities in COS Pivot. Available to all faculty, staff and students, Pivot allows users to create custom searches for specific research topics and receive weekly funding alerts that list all new announcements that match the searches created.

All research faculty, research staff and graduate students are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.  Registration is not required.

To learn more about Pivot prior to the session, go to http://pivot.cos.com (from a UA network computer) and create an account and also claim your UA profile.

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Working Group: Healthcare and Technology Continuing Research Discussion

Description: To continue discussions regarding common research interests that intersect both health care and technology, as well as the use of technology to enable and facilitate effective and efficient medicine.

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Networking Event: Healthcare and Technology Interprofessional Research Social
Description: Innovations in technology and changes in healthcare policy and delivery models are rapidly transforming healthcare. Please come to our first Healthcare and Technology Interprofessional Research Social to meet and mingle with researchers from multiple disciplines/professions to learn what they are doing, brainstorm new projects, and form new partnerships for future research.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Speed Networking Session: Working with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families
Description: Understanding and addressing the issues facing and needs of Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families are of critical importance to our nation and our state. Come meet and mingle with other researchers and educators interested in tackling these tough issues, and hear about how you can be involved in a national summit on the current and emerging needs of service members transitioning to civilian life to be hosted by The University of Alabama in December 2014.

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Working with Businesses and other Private Sponsors
Presented by: John Wiest and Lauren Wilson
Description: The presenters will discuss building relationships and working with private sponsors and the process of contract negotiations and regulations.  This workshop is appropriate for faculty who desire to undertake projects that require legal agreements with various forms of entities (profit and non-profit businesses or other private sponsorship) for activities that range from research undertakings to collaborations for artistic endeavors.
Date: April 3, 2014

NSF CAREER Award Workshop
Presented by: Yuping Bao, Samantha Hansen, and Patrick Frantom
Description: Previous CAREER awardees will present an overview of their experiences and lessons learned in preparing a successful NSF CAREER proposal.
Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Speed Networking Session: Adolescent Health, Mental Health, and Education
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in adolescent health, mental health, and education. Those interested in rural populations are also encouraged to participate. This session is also appropriate for faculty who have skills in supplementary areas, such as data analysis and utilization of social media.
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014

Proposal Budgets vs. Accounting Budgets
Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Presented by: Carol Hollyhand and Misty Phillips
Description: Faculty are familiar and comfortable with proposal budgets, but once awarded, the resulting financial budget seen in the Sponsored Projects Dashboard is typically very different. This session will explain the differences between Banner budgets and sponsor awarded budgets.
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2013

Speed Networking Session: Adolescent Health, Mental Health, and Education
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in adolescent health, mental health, and education. Those interested in rural populations are also encouraged to participate. This session is also appropriate for faculty who have skills in supplementary areas, such as data analysis and utilization of social media.
Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Applying to Foundations, Part 2
Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Description: This workshop, presented in 2 three-hour sessions, will provide an introduction to the development of grant proposals to foundations.  Topics will include:  Understanding the difference between foundation and government agency grants, what foundations fund, finding funding opportunities, planning for proposal development, crafting effective Letters of Intent (LOI), common formats for foundation funding proposals, strategies for improving proposals, and communicating with foundation personnel.

Presenters: David Hardy (College of Education) and Karl Hamner (Office for Scholarly Affairs)
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Speed Networking Session: Immersive Technologies
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in virtual reality, mobile device technologies, wearable computing technologies and robotics. Those interested in similar disciplines are also encouraged to participate.
Date: Friday, November 15, 2013

Applying to Foundations, Part 1
Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Description: This workshop, presented in 2 three-hour sessions, will provide an introduction to the development of grant proposals to foundations.  Topics will include:  Understanding the difference between foundation and government agency grants, what foundations fund, finding funding opportunities, planning for proposal development, crafting effective Letters of Intent (LOI), common formats for foundation funding proposals, strategies for improving proposals, and communicating with foundation personnel.

Presenters: David Hardy (College of Education) and Karl Hamner (Office for Scholarly Affairs)
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Managing your Research Data
Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Description: This session will provide information on the services available to UA faculty to assist them with the data management needs from proposal preparation to storage and management.
Presenters: Tom Wilson (University Libraries), and Scott Montgomery (Office of Information Technology)
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Using Logic Models to Write Winning Proposals
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Description: This session will demonstrate how to use a Logic Model as the central tool for writing a winning grant application. There will be a special focus on preparation of a training, program or education proposal.
Presenter: Karl Hamner, Office for Scholarly Affairs
Date: October 11, 2013

Speed Networking Session: Cyber Technology
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in cyber technology, including cyber security.
Date: October 4, 2013

Speed Networking Session: Water
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in fresh surface, underground, coastal and ocean waters. This session is also appropriate for those researching policy, law and water contamination.
Date: September 13, 2013

The NIH Application and SF 424 Requirements
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Description: An overview of the grants.gov application package, the additional documents required for submission, and suggestions on ways to improve proposal review scores.
Presenter: John Higginbotham
Date: May 9, 2013

NSF CAREER Award Workshop
Video available, click here to view taped sessions archive.
Description:  Previous CAREER awardees presented an overview of their experiences and lessons learned in preparing a successful NSF CAREER proposal. 
Presenters: Jeff Gray, Paul Hubner, Samantha Hansen, Greg Thompson, and Heath Turner
Date: May 6, 2013 (Originally scheduled for April 11.  Kim Caldwell was also scheduled to present on this date.)

Speed Networking Session:  Materials
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in Materials.
Date: April 12, 2013

Speed Networking Session:  Social Media
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in Social Media and faculty looking for those with expertise in Social Media.
Date: March 15, 2013

Speed Networking Session:  Energy Related Research
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in Energy.
Date: February 22, 2013

2012

Speed Networking Session:  Health Related Research
Description: Networking opportunity for faculty with research interests in Health and Health Disparities.
Date: November 30, 2012

RGC Funding:  How to Apply
Description: An overview of how to submit a proposal for internal funding from the Research Grants Committee (RGC).
Presenters: Angie Shotts and Lauren Wilson
Dates: November 15, 2012 and December 5, 2012

NIH Peer Review Process
Description: An overview of the NIH internal process to assist those preparing to submit proposals to NIH.
Presenter: John Higginbotham
Date: November 14, 2012

NSF I-Corps:  How it Really Works
Description: Presentation from a previous I-Corp awardee presented an overview of the I-Corps proposal process and expectations.
Presenter: Martin Baker
Date: October 11, 2012

NSF CAREER Award Workshops
Description: Previous CAREER awardees presented an overview of their experiences and lessons learned in preparing a successful NSF CAREER proposal. 
Presenters: Laura Busenlehner, Kim Caldwell, Jeff Gray, Paul Hubner, Greg Thompson, and Heath Turner
Dates: February 21, 2012, March 1, 2012, and March 28, 2012