Training and Workshops

The Grants & Contracts Office is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 workshop and educational session schedule. Workshop descriptions are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all trainings and workshops will be hosted in LRC 109. If you have any questions about the workshops or if you have a suggestion for a workshop or training you would be interested in attending, please contact Kristin Beck.

Please sign up for sessions by going to:


There are currently no Educational Sessions Scheduled at this time.


External Education Opportunities: 

NIH Announced its 2017 NIH Regional Seminar Locations (NOT-OD-17-026), New Orleans, LA and Baltimore, MD:

If you are new to working with the NIH grants process, perhaps have a little experience but want to learn more, or know someone who could benefit from a unique opportunity to hear the latest grants process and policy information directly from NIH & HHS – then spread the news, mark your calendars, and plan to attend one of our two annual NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration in 2017. Registration for both seminars will open in January and these seminars usually reach capacity weeks before the seminar dates…so start planning now.

New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday-Friday, May 4-5, 2017: 2-Day Seminar
  • Venue and Seminar Hotel: New Orleans Marriott Seminar & Workshop Registration:  Available in January 2017
  • Room Reservations: Special reduced rate information is now available on the New Orleans Seminar’s Hotel/Travel Web Page.

Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday-Friday, October 26-27, 2017: 2-Day Seminar
  • Venue and Seminar Hotel: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
  • Seminar & Workshop Registration:  Available in January 2017
  • Room Reservations: Special reduced rate information will be available soon on the Baltimore Seminar’s Hotel/Travel Web Page.

What does the 2-day seminar offer? 
The NIH Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program for the NIH extramural community about the NIH grants process and related policies, including such topics as Fundamentals of the NIH, compliance, peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, animal and human subject research, and how to interact electronically with NIH. In addition to a wide variety of sessions for research administrators, a New Investigators’ track provides step-by-step guidance on mapping your career and understanding the funding process. To add to the array of choices, special interest sessions are provided on topics like contracts, public access, rigor and reproducibility, research integrity, data sharing,, foreign collaborations, and so much more. This year, a live, mock study section meeting is added to the agenda line-up in order to help attendees gain a better understanding of how a study section meeting runs.   

Optional pre-seminar workshops offered for all levels of experience:
A wide array of optional pre-seminar workshops provides an opportunity to obtain more in-depth information about specific topics.  Most of the workshops are offered as a ½ day option, giving attendees choices to mix & match as needed. 

  • NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) experts will be offering workshops on application preparation and submission, as well as topical issues related to the eRA Commons.
  • Intellectual Property workshops will return in 2017 as a result of a successful pilot at last year’s Regional Seminars. 
  • The NIH Boot Camp for Administrators is designed for attendees brand new to working with NIH and focuses on pre-application and pre-award processes.
  • OHRP and NIH will be providing a full day workshop for investigators on how to get research protocols through human subjects review. 
  • Planning is underway for a possible addition to the workshops available which would be of interest to institutions with limited or no current funding with NIH.  If added to the line-up, more details will be included on the New Orleans and Baltimore websites once registration becomes available.   

Who will present from NIH and HHS? 
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and attend sessions presented by more than 50 NIH and HHS policy officers, grants management, review and program officials, as well as NIH senior leadership…all in a central location and ready to share their knowledge and experiences. Additional representation from other NIH institutes will be available for 1:1 Meet the Expert opportunities which provide attendees 15 minute discussions with NIH and HHS staff in a small setting throughout the 2-day seminar.

Who should attend?
The NIH Regional Seminar is intended for those new to the grants process, including sponsored project officers and departmental administrators, investigators, faculty, graduate students, and others involved in the NIH grants process. Over the course of two days, it also provides an opportunity to those with more experience to obtain updates on grants policies and procedures. Approximately 600-800 attendees are expected, allowing ample opportunities for sharing and learning from peers as well as the NIH experts.

What's the goal of the seminar?
The goal of the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is to offer participants an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of how to navigate the grants process, understand NIH policies and programs, and gather helpful NIH contacts. In the process, participants will be able to return to their offices and/or labs with useful information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards.

When can you register? 
Registration will open in early 2017. When it becomes available, an announcement will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, as well as on the NIH Regional Seminar home page. An announcement will also be posted in the NIH Extramural Nexus and on our Twitter feed: @NIHgrants.

We hope to see you in 2017!


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Additional Resources:
For ListServ information and general seminar updates, please visit the NIH Office of Extramural Research Regional Seminar Web site at:




    Past Sessions:


    CUR Dialogues Panel Discussion held April 20, 2017.  This session will be a panel discussion from Dr. J. Carlson (Psychology) and Dr. S. Drum (Health/Human Performance) on their attendance at teh Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues event in February.  They will share what they learned from program officers, attending various presentations, and other information geared towards funding at predominately undergraduate institutions. Information on this opportunity for 2018 will also be address. For video access to this session, please go here:


    Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop - October 4, 2016.  Join Silvija Stoljevska, a program officer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) who will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Scholar program for administrators, faculty members, and professionals.  Topics covered in this workshop included:

    • Opportunities for teaching, research, and flexible initiatives in more than 125 countries
    • Tips on how to craft a competitive application, including how to make contact abroad and choosing the right country and award for you
    • Ways to increase your campus's international profile by hosting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar through the Outreach Lecturing Fund and Scholar-in-Residence Program.

      Four Part Series on the Basics of Proposal Writing:  At the completion of the four sessions, you may have a complete proposal ready to submit for external funding!  In between workshops, a scheduled "work-time" will be announced to have assistance from the Grants and Contracts Office to ask questions, get hands-on help, and to brainstorm ideas.

       (1) Searching for Funding Opportunities and How to Find a Good Fit: In this session, we will cover tips and suggestions for narrowing the funding field and targeting grant opportunities more strategically, starting with a high level view and then delve into how to vet individual funding announcements. You will leave with a quick checklist that you can use to evaluate funding opportunities in the future.

       (2) Proposal Writing II: Significance, Objectives, and Research Plan: In this session we will cover general grantsmanship and the following proposal components: ◦ Introduction/overview ◦ Statement of significance ◦ Literature review ◦ Goals/Objectives/Hypotheses ◦ Research design ◦ Methods

       (3) Proposal Writing II: Abstract/Summary, Title, Structure, and Common Pitfalls: In this session we will cover the following proposal components: ◦ Title ◦ Project summary/abstract We will also address proposal competitiveness within the structure of      your proposal and common proposal pitfalls.

       (4) Budgets and Budget Justification: This session covers how to develop an accurate budget and a convincing budget justification.

    NSF Fellowship Application Workshop for Students:   Held on September 30 and October 5 (these are repeat sessions to be sure all who are interested will be able to attend).  This session will be a workshop to assist undergraduate and graduate student to prepare an application to the National Science Foundation Fellowship competition.

    Faculty Grants/Internal Funding Session:  September 28 at 5:00pm; This session will cover the internal funding opportunities available through NMU, including Faculty Research Grants and the newly implemented PRIME Funding.

    PRIME Funding Workshop - Learn more about the second year of the Northern PRIME Fund, a $20,000 award for 1 year, multidisciplinary projects. 

    NEH Summer Stipend Session - Learn more about applying for the National Endowment For the Humanities Summer Stipend.  Only two applications are permitted from each university, learn how to develop the best application for this highly competitive opportunity.

    New Faculty Tech Talks - Join us oin welcoming the new faculty to NMU.  Join us as each new faculty member will give a very brief presentation on their research and scholarly activity.  

    NSF Fellowship Application Workshop for Students:   This session will be a workshop to assist undergraduate and graduate student to prepare an application to the National Science Foundation Fellowship competition. 

    Faculty Grants/Internal Funding Session:  This session will cover the internal funding opportunities available through NMU, including Faculty Research Grants and the newly implemented PRIME Funding.

    Introduction to External/Grant Funding for Students (graduate and undergraduate):  This session is geared to both undergraduate and graduate students who may be searching for funding opportunities for research and scholarly activities.  We will discuss how to find opportunities, requirements for applying and how any awards are processed at NMU.

    Funding for the Non-Sciences.  Learn how to search for opportunities for your interests, fellowships, and other avenues for your scholarly activities!



    The Grants and Contracts Office has also presented sessions for students such as Research Ethics, and Basics of External/Grant Funding.  We can come to your classroom, department meeting, or small group, in addition to meeting individually.  Please contact us for information at, or 906-227-2300.