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  • A Primer on Federal Contracting

    Federal contracts are very different from federal grants. This tutorial focuses on contracting with the federal government through understanding the contracting process, regulations and negotiation and risks. As a primer, it is intended for those new to the topic, or those who have had limited exposure.

    Updated for the Uniform Guidance.

    NCURA is pleased to offer an online tutorial focused on contracting with the Federal government. Since federal contracts are very different from federal grants, we have developed a thorough overview of this complex process. As a primer, it is intended for those new to the federal contracting arena, or who have had very limited exposure. The course was designed around the following learning outcomes:

    • To understand the unique characteristics of federal contracts, their key elements, and how they differ from grants and cooperative agreements;
    • To understand the federal contracting process, including the roles and responsibilities of the principal players;
    • To identify the pertinent regulations guiding the federal contracting process, from application through closeout;
    • To introduce the fundamentals of federal contract negotiation;
    • To provide strategies for implementing and managing federal contracts, Pre-Award through Post-Award; and
    • To learn to recognize, assess, and manage the risks associated with federal contracts.

    The tutorial will offer interactive learning activities as well as knowledge reviews for each lesson. The course will end with a multiple-choice final exam, and offers a downloadable certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the final exam (80% or higher). If you do not successfully pass the final, you have the option to retake the exam during your 10 week enrollment period.  

    Start your tutorial at any time!  You will have 10 weeks from the first date that you access the tutorial to complete the course.

    Students should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per lesson on the course material.

    All lessons will be accessible online throughout the course. If you would like to print off the lesson text as a PDF please visit the Resources section within each lesson. Please note: This course does not have an audio component.

    We recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Edge web browsers to view the tutorial.

    Lesson 1: An Introduction to Federal Contracting

    Lesson 2: The Contracting Process

    Lesson 3: Types of Contracts

    Lesson 4: Introduction to FAR

    Lesson 5: The Contract Solicitation

    Lesson 6: The Cost Proposal

    Lesson 7: Contract Issues

    Lesson 8: Advanced Contract Issues

    Lesson 9: Contract Negotiation

    Lesson 10: Contract Administration

    Lesson 11: Third Party Agreements

    Lesson 12: Contract Closeout

    Lesson 13: Audits

    Lesson 14: Summary/Review

    A Primer on Federal Contracting is worth 21 clock hours and 2.1 CEU's. You will be able to print your certificate from this page after passing the final exam with a score of 80% or higher.

    Includes one CEU certificate per registration. Group CEU requests are not available.

  • A Primer on Intellectual Property in Research Agreements

    This course is designed for university personnel working in contracts and grants, sponsored research and technology transfer offices. It provides a broad introduction to the basics of intellectual property.

    Updated for the Uniform Guidance.

    This Intellectual Property tutorial is designed for university personnel working in contracts and grants, sponsored research and technology transfer offices. It provides a broad introduction to the basics of intellectual property. It includes practical exercises using Intellectual Property clauses from actual research and licensing agreements and also offers suggestions for dealing with commonly encountered issues of negotiating agreements with federal, state, non-profit and clinical trial sponsors.

    The tutorial will offer interactive learning activities as well as knowledge reviews for each lesson. The course will end with a multiple-choice final exam, and offers a downloadable certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the final exam (80% or higher). If you do not successfully pass the final, you have the option to retake the exam during your 10 week enrollment period. 

    Start your tutorial at any time!  You will have 10 weeks from the first date that you access the tutorial to complete the course.

    Students should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per lesson on the course material.  There are 15 lessons in this tutorial. 

    All lessons will be accessible throughout the course. If you would like to print off the lesson text as a PDF please visit the Resources section within each lesson. Please note: This course does not have an audio component. The tutorial is based on a training course originally developed by the University of California.

    We recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Edge web browsers to view the tutorial.  

    Lesson 1: Introduction and Course Objectives

    Lesson 2: Introduction to Intellectual Property in Research Agreements

    Lesson 3: University Technology Transfer

    Lesson 4: Negotiating Research Agreements

    Lesson 5: Invention Clauses

    Lesson 6: Copyright Clauses

    Lesson 7: Data Right Clauses

    Lesson 8: Partners, Providers and Sponsors

    Lesson 9: Course Review Exercises/Additional Resources

    Intellectual Property is worth 13.5 clock hours and 1.35 CEU's. You will be able to print your certificate from this page after passing the final exam with a score of 80% or higher.

    Includes one CEU certificate per registration. Group CEU requests are not available.

  • A Primer on Clinical Trials Management

    Focus on clinical trials management, including key administrative, financial, and regulatory issues that arise in planning, funding, conducting, and closing-out clinical trials. As a primer, it is intended for those new to the topic, or those who have had limited exposure.

    Updated for the Uniform Guidance.

    This course focuses on clinical trials management. As a primer, it is intended for those new to clinical trials, or who have had very limited exposure. The course will focus on key administrative, financial, and regulatory issues that arise in planning, funding, conducting, and closing-out clinical trials.

    The tutorial will offer interactive learning activities as well as knowledge reviews for each lesson. The course will end with a multiple-choice final exam, and offers a downloadable certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the final exam (80% or higher). If you do not successfully pass the final, you have the option to retake the exam during your 10 week enrollment period.  Start your tutorial at any time!  You will have 10 weeks from the first date that you access the tutorial to complete the course.

    Students should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per lesson on the course material.

    All lessons will be accessible throughout the course. If you would like to print off the lesson text as a PDF please visit the Resources section within each lesson. Please note: This course does not have an audio component.

    We recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Edge web browsers to view the tutorial.

    Lesson 1: Introduction to Human Subjects Research

    Lesson 2: Getting a Clinical Trial Started

    Lesson 3: Financial Issues

    Lesson 4: Contracts and Agreements

    Lesson 5: Operations

    Lesson 6: Close out and Audit/Review

    The Primer on Clinical Trials is worth 9 clock hours and .09 CEU's. You will be able to print your certificate from this page after passing the final exam with a score of 80% or higher.

    Includes one CEU certificate per registration. Group CEU requests are not available.

  • Award Negotiation and Acceptance

    The Award Negotiation and Acceptance webinar focuses on negotiating with a sponsor, identifying problematic contract terms and conditions, and navigating solutions that will satisfy both your sponsor and your institution.

    The Award Negotiation and Acceptance webinar is a three-part series that focuses on negotiating with a sponsor, identifying problematic contract terms and conditions, and navigating solutions that will satisfy both your sponsor and your institution.

    Part I begins with an overarching discussion of general negotiation and contracting principles. Part I also addresses issues of institutional culture and other concerns that may influence how you approach a contract negotiation.

    Part II continues with a session on the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), specifically addressing how the FARs operate, FAR clauses that require special attention, and when FAR clauses may have alternatives that are more acceptable to universities.

    Part III focuses on contracting with private sector and international sponsors. Building on Parts I and II, topics will include the major differences between Federal contracts and industry or international contracts, especially thorny terms and conditions, and the unique considerations that come into play if you work at a public university, a private university, or a non-profit organization.

    Member Price: $295.00
    Non-Member Price: $354.00

    Interested in purchasing the complete Life Cycle Series? Click here and add all 5 webinars to your cart to automatically receive a 10% discount on your order!

    By the end of this three-part webinar, participants should have the tools necessary to be able to: (1) identify the institutional norms for contract negotiation on their campus; (2) apply different contract negotiation strategies when working with a sponsor; (3) understand the basic principles of federal contracting; and (4) identify and resolve difficult terms and conditions in the arena of private sector and international contracts.

    Craig Reynolds

    Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

    University of Michigan

    Rosemary Madnick

    Executive Director, Office of Grants and Contracts Administration

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Patricia Hawk

    Assistant Vice President, Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration

    Oregon State University

    Martin Kirk

    Director, Office of Research Services

    Martin Kirk received his B.S. from Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh before receiving his PhD at the University of Calgary. He worked in the Imperial Oil industry for several years before returning to the University of Calgary to begin career in Research Administration. In 1999, he was appointed as the Director of the Office of Research Services, and in 2005, Associate Vice President. In 2007, Martin Kirk moved to the University of British Columbia as director of the Office of Research Services. Martin is also the immediate past president of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators after serving a three year term.

    John Hanold

    Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    Pennsylvania State University

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits for each webinar = .2 CEU Credits per webinar.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    Please check with the main registrant who can access instructions for receiving your CEU certificate from this page.

    Excellent presentation!

    "The whole series was great, but the Award Negotiation and Acceptance Series has been fantastic!"

    "Cost-effective” way to supplement on-boarding program and continuing education training.

    The series "Covered the major components of the research project life cycle" 

    "Life saver!"

    Users said that the amount of material “felt right” and that each subject received “enough time”.


  • Creating the Cohesive Team Your Office Needs to Thrive

    This 90 minute webinar will illustrate a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

    “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people."
    Steve Jobs

    Not sure what to get your staff for the holidays? NCURA's webinar on creating a cohesive team is the perfect fit! Harvard Business Review states how we communicate turns out to be the most important predictor of team success, and as important as all other factors combined, including intelligence, personality, skill, and content of discussions.

    NCURA's Sam Gannon will utilizing the premises In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni to reveal the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams, even the best ones-often struggle.

    This 90 minute webinar will illustrate a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

    Webinar participants learning outcomes:

    • understanding the 5 dysfunctions of a team
    • understanding the model for overcoming these hurdles to create a cohesive, effective team

    Serve some holiday snacks and bring your whole team together for a perfect way to end this year and prepare for the year ahead!

    Member Price: $85.00
    Non-Member Price: $105.00

    Samuel Gannon

    Manager, Education & Training

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center


    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU Credits.

    "Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation - I believe the handouts will be very useful."

    "Good content, especially loved the use of videos to illustrate points."

  • Crowd Funding: An Enormous Opportunity at Your Fingertips

    This 90 minute webinar will give you the information you need to begin or strengthen your institution’s Crowd Funding efforts.

    The [amount of] buzz, or word of mouth is a powerful weapon that researchers and academics can utilize"
    - Anindya Ghose, New York University Stern School of Business

    Crowdfunding presents enormous opportunity for University stakeholders, including students, alumni, faculty, and community members. Crowdfunding is an alternative funding source that several Institutions are using, or thinking about using, to fund a variety of research projects. Unlike traditional funding sources, Crowdfunding capitalizes on the use of social media and communication.

    This 90 minute webinar will give you the information you need to begin or strengthen your institution's Crowd Funding efforts.

    Webinar participants will gain:

    • an understanding what is crowd funding and how Universities are utilizing crowd funding
    • an understanding the risks and benefits or crowdfunding
    • crowd funding best practices

    Member Price: $75.00
    EARMA Member Price: $81.00
    Non-Member Price: $90.00

    Lisa Mosley

    Assistant Vice President, Research Operations

    Arizona State University

    Natasha Chopp

    Research Development and Marketing Manager

    Natasha Chopp is the Research Development and Marketing Manager in the Vice President for Research Office at Michigan Technological University. Ms. Chopp received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at Michigan Tech. Ms. Chopp is currently working on her Master of Science in Data Science and expects to graduate in the spring of 2017. She was the project leader for Superior Ideas, Michigan Tech's internally developed crowdfunding platform, which she now manages.

    Patience Graybill Condellone

    Grant Analyst

    Patience Graybill Condellone is a Grant Analyst in the Office of Sponsored Research Services at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Graybill Condellone specializes in proposal review, compliance oversight, and sponsor correspondence. She previously served as a pre-award administrator at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ms. Graybill Condellone has been active in NCURA for 7 years and is currently serving as a Region IV board member. Her publications in NCURA Magazine include articles on topics related to internal funding program data and the development crowdfunding policies and procedures.

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits = .2 CEU Credits

    "Very informative! A terrific introduction to Crowd Funding!"

    "Great information, especially surrounding policies and procedures."

    "One of the best NCURA webinars ever.  This is a new set of challenges for all of us and the presenters were wonderful.  Thank you!"

  • Pre-Award / Budgeting

    Are you ready to start building your sponsored project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your grant or contract is daunting for you, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

    90 Minutes per Session: Are you ready to start building your sponsored project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your grant or contract is daunting for you, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.An effective budget can be a productive tool in driving towards your goals for the entire life of the project. We also need to ensure that we have the funds needed to complete the project successfully and do not to leave resources on the table. This 3 part session will walk through the development of a project budget including: what costs need to be covered, categorization of budget costs by differing sponsors, utilizing the appropriate rates as required and more.

    Member Price: $295.00
    Non-Member Price: $354.00

    Interested in purchasing the complete Life Cycle Series? Click here and add all 5 webinars to your cart to automatically receive a 10% discount on your order!

    Participants will learn:

    • The basic components of a project budget
    • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
    • What other documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

    W. Scott Erwin

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    Texas State University

    Pamela Webb

    Associate Vice President for Research Administration

    University of Minnesota

    Jamie Caldwell

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration

    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Bo Bogdanski

    Senior Research Administrator

    Colorado State University

    Mario Medina

    Director of Finance

    University of Texas at San Antonio

    Ann Holmes

    Assistant Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    University of Maryland, College Park

    NCURA Distinguished Educator

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits for each webinar = .2 CEU Credits per webinar.

    "Cost-effective” way to supplement on-boarding program and continuing education training.

    The series "Covered the major components of the research project life cycle" 

    "Life saver!"

    Users said that the amount of material “felt right” and that each subject received “enough time”.

  • Going Global: What Your Institution Needs to Know about Managing Research Without Borders

    This webinar will provide participants with an introductory understanding of the key challenges in administering an internationally sponsored portfolio whether the funding involves foreign sponsorship, the support of a remote research site, or the management of an international subaward.

    "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."

    - Henry Ford

    90 Minutes: For a research administrator, some of the more challenging projects to manage involves projects with an international component. It is not unusual for these projects to diverge from conventional operating practices and often demand their own unique solutions to common challenges. This webinar will provide participants with an introductory understanding of the key challenges in administering an internationally sponsored portfolio whether the funding involves foreign sponsorship, the support of a remote research site, or the management of an international subaward. We will review the shared concerns in managing a project with an international component, the concerns that are unique to the receipt of foreign funds, and the challenges that come with the management of an international subaward. Areas of focus will include budgeting, project management, regulatory compliance, and best practices that lead to successful management of research without borders.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the challenges successful research administrators must overcome in managing international projects.
    • Presenters will share their experience and tips in managing cultural, currency, and compliance challenges on the global scale.

    Member Price: $85.00
    Non-Member Price: $105.00

    David Richardson

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

    David Richardson joined the field of research administration in 1992, starting as a grants officer with the University of Georgia. In 1998, Dave joined the administrative faculty of Virginia Tech, assisting with pre-award and post-award operations, serving as the Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration. In 2007, Dave joined Pennsylvania State University where he served as the Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Since 2013, Dave has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dave is actively involved in the National Council of University Research Administrators at the national and regional levels most recently serving as the 2010 President. He is a native of the Midwest having received his B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Economics and M.S. degree in Family and Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri.

    Martin Kirk

    Director, Office of Research Services

    Martin Kirk received his B.S. from Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh before receiving his PhD at the University of Calgary. He worked in the Imperial Oil industry for several years before returning to the University of Calgary to begin career in Research Administration. In 1999, he was appointed as the Director of the Office of Research Services, and in 2005, Associate Vice President. In 2007, Martin Kirk moved to the University of British Columbia as director of the Office of Research Services. Martin is also the immediate past president of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators after serving a three year term.

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits = .2 CEU Credits

    "This presentation is very timely and provided me with a lot to think about.  I am now better prepared for future submissions. Thank you!"

  • Proposal Development

    The Proposal Development video webinar is a three part series that covers the essentials of proposal development from inception through submission.

    90 Minutes per Session: The Proposal Development video webinar is a three part series that covers the essentials of proposal development from inception through submission. Part I begins with proposal planning and review of the project and the application requirements. Part II continues with a session on the budget and justification and is completed with a session on preparation and submission. Part III will include discussion of proposal planning, logistics, financial and compliance considerations. There will be full series dedicated to budgeting later in the Life Cycle series. The panel will provide guidance for the proposal lifecycle. While some of the material will be basic and introductory, there will be additional details that will benefit experienced learners and will provide ample opportunities for discussion and training at institutions.

    Member Price: $295.00
    EARMA Member Price $318.60
    Non-Member Price: $354.00

    Interested in purchasing the complete Life Cycle Series? Click here and add all 5 webinars to your cart to automatically receive a 10% discount on your order!

    Participants will gain a thorough understanding of proposal development from planning through submission.

    Stephanie Gray

    Assistant Vice President

    Division of Sponsored Programs, University of Florida

    David Smelser

    Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs

    Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Tennessee

    Sandy Sward

    Director, Pre-award Services

    Montana State University

    Cynthia Hope

    Assistant Vice President for Research & Director of Sponsored Programs

    The University of Alabama
    NCURA Distinguished Educator


    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits for each webinar = .2 CEU Credits per webinar

    "Cost-effective” way to supplement on-boarding program and continuing education training.

    The series "Covered the major components of the research project life cycle" 

    "Life saver!"

    Users said that the amount of material “felt right” and that each subject received “enough time”.

  • Save Your Institution Millions: Mitigating Institutional Risk of Research Misconduct

    Join Jeff Seo as he guides us through current trends, and modifiable environmental factors that contribute to questionable research practices and fraudulent behavior.

    90 Minutes: Join Jeff Seo as he guides us through current trends, and modifiable environmental factors that contribute to questionable research practices and fraudulent behavior. You will walk away from this session with a better understanding of research misconduct regulations and armed with practical strategies that can be employed at your institution to mitigate risk in this growing area of reputational, financial and institutional vulnerability.

    Member Price: $85.00
    Non-Member Price: $105.00

    Participants will be able to:

    • Identify at-risk and highly vulnerable populations within your institution
    • Design effective, targeted strategies to mitigate your areas of highest risk (not just RCR!)
    • Ensure your institutional policies are not simply compliant, but are designed to streamline an often complex and costly process
    • Anticipate and deftly navigate landmines in the investigative process, from aggressive outside legal counsel to uncooperative respondents

    Jeff Seo

    Executive Director, Office of Academic and Research Integrity

    Harvard Medical School

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits = .2 CEU Credits

    "We enjoyed the presentation- time well spent."

    "Excellent presentation of Research Misconduct basics!"