Research Development Training

The VCU Office of Research and Innovation offers a variety of live educational workshops for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students to aid in the development of competitive proposals for external funding and to successfully manage awards. To access a complete list of scheduled dates, times and locations, click here.

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Required Training

There are several mandatory training modules that investigators, research staff, and research administrators must complete before awards can be processed.

Workshops Handouts Archive

Grant search Workshops (Using Pivot)

Arts and Humanities
Presented to faculty, staff, and graduate students in various arts, humanities, and social science disciplines in Fall, 2012. Speakers: Dr. Sarah Cunningham, School of the Arts and Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Community-Engaged Research
Presented as part of the Community-Engaged Research Lunch and Learn series, for faculty, staff and students who were seeking grants that support CeNR and interested in understanding what funders were looking for. Winter, 2013. Presenter: Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research.

Health Sciences
Presented to faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students in various health science disciplines in Fall, 2013. Session hosted by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Tompkins-McCaw Library. Presenter: Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Alternative funding in the health sciences
Presented to new faculty in the School of Medicine in 2013, and focused on searching for funding opportunities from sponsors other than the National Institutes of Health. Session hosted by School of Medicine Dean’s Office, Faculty Affairs. Presenter: Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Doctoral students
Presented to doctoral students in the School of Social Work in 2013, and focused on searching for funding opportunities to support dissertation research. Session organized by SSW doctoral students. Presenter: Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Agency Workshops

AHRQ Workshop, 2015
Brent Sandmeyer, Grants Lead/Social Science Analyst at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy discussed the structure and priorities of the funding agency, AHRQ funding opportunities, and writing competitive proposals. Click here to view the presentation.

National Science Foundation Research Day, 2011
This 2011 workshop included presentations on the NSF mission and organization, major funding programs of interest, grant writing advice, and a panel discussion with VCU faculty who have served as NSF reviewers. Hosted by the Office of Research and Innovation. Presented by Dr. Richard Rodewald, Directorate for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation.

National Institutes of Health Workshop, 2011
Dr. Mike Sesma, a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the Division of Developmental Translational Research, discussed the impact of changes to the NIH review process and proposal structure, as well as future funding priorities of the agency. Hosted by the Office of Research and Innovation.

Proposal Development and Submission

Analyzing the RFP
This session, targeted to novice grantwriters, discusses the function and structure of sponsors’ solicitations, and helps decipher the language used to help applicants decide if their project is a good fit for any given opportunity. Spring, 2014. Hosted by VCU Qatar. Presenter: Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Grant writing basics
Targeted to graduate students in the School of Social and Behavioral Health, this 2013 session reviewed the qualities of an effective proposal for dissertation research and how it differed from other types of academic writing. Participants analyzed funded and unfunded proposals. Presenters: Pam Dillion, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and Jessica Venable, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Foundation funding
The aim of this 2013 workshop was to explain the private fundseeking process at VCU for new grantwriters and those who are new to the university. Samples of competitive submissions to private funders were provided and discussed. Hosted by the Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations. Presenter: Ariana Bracalente, Corporate and Foundations Relations.

Proposal budgeting
In this session, presenters discussed the “Top 5” budget issues that the units and central office encounter, and how to avoid or address them. There was also a hands-on portion, in which attendees worked in groups to create and discuss, from their own perspectives, a budget given a set of parameters. Hosted by the Office of Research and Innovation. Presenters: Tricia Zeh, School of Medicine; Jose Alcaine, School of Education.

FastLane
This hands-on session introduced participants to the National Science Foundation’s electronic proposal submission process, and allowed them to enter a sample proposal. Hosted by the Office of Research and Innovation. Presenters: Jose Alcaine, Research Coordinator, School of Education; Brigette Pfister, Director of Sponsored Programs, College of Humanities and Sciences.

Human Research Presentation Archive