Clear and Authentic Communication with Principal Investigators

90 Minutes: Participants will learn best practices for guiding PIs through common, yet complex policies and topics. Panelists will provide strategies a research administrator (RA) can use to interact and communicate with PIs, using case studies and examples. Topics will include:

  • Rockstar Research Administrators – What is the importance of the RA role? How do RAs become the PI's resource? What do you do when things go wrong (proposal not submitted, student not hired, disallowed cost, etc.)? What strategies are used to communicate policies to PIs?
  • Proposal Preparation: Tips to communicate constructive critiques in proposal preparation
  • Deadlines – Communicating the submission and reporting deadlines and why they are important.
  • Time & Effort – What is it? What is allowable compensation? Communicating strategies for describing effort commitment related to project scope. Communicating effort reporting and the importance of certification.
  • F&A – What is it? Why is it important to apply direct & indirect costs consistently?
  • Cost Sharing – What is it? What are the different types? What is allowable? How do you explain when it is not allowable?
  • Compliance/Research Integrity – Communicating clearly and simply about the PI responsibilities in general compliance areas such as IRB, IACUC, COI.
  • Allocation Method – Clearly describing requirements and implications of allocating costs to appropriate projects.
  • Procurement Policies/Thresholds – How do you explain general procurement policies and steps to follow?
  • Sub-recipients– What are the differences of subrecipient V. vendor? Why is it important to identify a difference? More broadly, navigating communication challenges in collaborative research/subrecipient arrangements.
  • Communication Hands-Offs Facilitating communication transitions among/between offices. When no communication is good and when no communication is bad.

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Webinar Member Price: $85.00

Webinar Non-Member Price: $105.00

Participants will be able to:

  • Participants will identify general communication strategies and be able to apply those strategies to communicating specific research administration topics.
  • Participants will identify clear and simple language to explain complex topics.
  • Participants will use reflective communication strategies and examine issues from multiple perspectives to help improve communication strategies.

Kris A. Monahan, Ph.D.

Director of Sponsored Research and Programs

Providence College

Katie Plum, M.Ed., CRA

​Director of Sponsored Projects

Angelo State University

Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

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