ORSP Offers Short Courses in Grants Administration

Looking for a short course on grants administration? Consider enrolling in one or more Research Administration Forums (RAF). Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), RAFs include updates and training in the areas of grants administration, research compliance and other topics of relevance to research administration. Agendas and handouts are provided to participants through the Dropbox and the ORSP website prior to the meeting. Faculty, administrators and program staff are welcome to attend.

RAFs are part of the outcomes of CSUF’s NIH BRAD grant (an institutional grant funded by the National Institutes of Health). A BRAD Steering Committee meets regularly to foster communications and to examine, address and identify ways to improve the research administration process. The Steering Committee comprises faculty researchers and staff across campus, in addition to representatives from ORSP. Topics for the training sessions are either generated by the Steering Committee or suggested by attendees.

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To suggest a topic to be presented at a future RAF session, please email Tami “Sunnie” Foy (tfoy@fullerton.edu).

Developing the Budget and the Budget Narrative (Oct. 19)

Developing a clear and reasonable budget is one of the most important pieces of the proposal process. Most sponsor regulations and guidelines tell us proposal budgets should be a financial representation of the statement of work. The ability to build a budget that directly ties to the work being performed enhances the chances of being funded by the sponsor and protects the university in the case of an audit. This workshop will focus on crafting a sound, reasonable budget and budget justification and provide examples of descriptive budget justifications from successful proposals; in addition to discussing best practices for budgeting for different proposal mechanisms and sponsors (federal, non-federal). Topics will include: allowability, allocability and reasonableness; determination of subrecipient, vendor or consultant status; and many more issues surrounding budgeting.

Who Should Attend:
Faculty, including faculty principal investigators, as well as project directors who want to gain a better understanding of the budgeting process for an external grant proposal

Date:
Thursday, Oct.19

Time:
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Location:
PLS - 240

Presented By:
Office of Research Development (ORD), Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

  • Allison Nguyen, grants and contracts officer, OGC
  • Charles Greenwood, compliance officer, OSP
  • Catie Anders, research grants specialist, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, ORD
  • Myrna Weber, assistant director, OGC

Cayuse Fundamentals and Completing Internal Forms (Oct. 26)

Cayuse424 is a web-based system created to simplify the process of preparing and submitting grant proposals through Grants.gov. CSUF utilizes Cayuse for electronically routing and approving all applications submitted for extramural support to both federal and non-federal sponsors, administered by ASC. This workshop will cover the basics of Cayuse424, such as how to log in, review and approve a proposal, and visibility to see who is required to approve the application. It will also demonstrate how to find documents within the Cayuse application and how to view federal forms for those applications being submitted to grants.gov; in addition to briefly going over the documents needed to start Cayuse routing: Routing Form, Internal Budget, Budget Justification and Draft Project Description/Narrative/Abstract.

Who Should Attend:
Any campus community member who is a Cayuse approver

Date:
Thursday, Oct. 26

Time:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:
PLS-240

Presented By:
Office of Grants and Contracts

  • Michelle Rincon, administrative support coordinator
  • Tina Tranilla, grants and contracts officer

Got a Grant You Want to Resubmit? (Oct. 27)

So, you’ve already written a proposal and submitted to a funder, but it wasn’t funded. All that needs to be done now is to take your Good Proposal and give it an EXTREME MAKEOVER to turn it into a GREAT Proposal!!!

Successful grant-writing involves advance planning and preparation. This workshop will provide insights on reviewing the funders comments (if available), reorganizing, rewriting and repackaging your proposal. Preparation is vital to the grant-writing process. All faculty interested in obtaining the skills necessary for a well-written proposal should attend this workshop.

Who Should Attend:
Faculty, at all levels, who have submitted external proposals and were not funded, and who would like to resubmit their proposals to either the same or another external funding agency.

Date:
Friday, Oct. 27

Time:
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location:
PLS-240

Presented By:
Office of Research Development:

  • Tami “Sunnie” Foy, director of research development
  • Amber Wynn, STEM research developer

The Art of Persuasion: The Foundation of Grant Writing (Nov. 1)

What is the key to grant writing? How can I convince someone to fund my research, project or program? The secret is persuasion. Come learn the secrets of persuasion in grant writing!

Successful grant writing is rooted in persuasion. The structure of sentences, word choice and even the name of your project can, and often does, make all the difference. This workshop will provide insights on how to structure your narrative in a way that is persuasive, clear and fundable. All faculty interested in learning persuasion either through writing or speaking about their projects should attend this workshop.

Who Should Attend:
Faculty and staff interested in better understanding the basics of persuasion, especially in the written word, such as a grant proposal

Date:
Wednesday, Nov. 1

Time:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:
PLS-240

Presented By:
Office of Research Development

  • Steve Reyes, research grants specialist, College of Education

Funding Your Center or Institute (Nov. 16)

This hands-on grant-writing workshop is targeted to Center and Institute (C&I) directors who would like to explore ways to fund their centers or institutes through both external grant funding and partnerships. The outcome of the workshop should be that each participant will have a clear understanding of how to identify and apply to unsolicited funding opportunities. C&I Directors should leave the workshop with a well-defined path forward to developing and writing their proposals.

Who Should Attend:
Center or Institute Directors and/or staff who are interested in submitting external proposals to funding agencies in order to help support their Centers or Institutes

Date:
Thursday, Nov. 16

Time:
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location:
PLS-240

Presented By:
Office of Research Development

  • Dr. Tami “Sunnie” Foy, director, Office of Research Development