Workshops are intended to provide SDSU faculty and staff with information and resources to assist with finding and managing grant awards.
Our spring workshop series incorporates in person (*I) and online webinar (*W) sessions. Space is limited; if you would like to participate, please RSVP using the following link: Spring 2019 Workshop RSVP. If you are interested but unable to attend, please contact Joi Coles firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINDING FUNDING 101
TUESDAY, February 12th 2:00-3:00 pm *I
Presenter: Joi Coles, Grant Information Coordinator
This interactive workshop will teach you the basics on how to search for funding opportunities. If you have research ideas and need to know where to begin, we will give you the tools you need and help you develop strategies to identify sponsors. The second half of the workshop is an interactive lesson on how to use the Pivot database to conduct funding searches. Please submit questions to email@example.com.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE ESSENTIALS
WEDNESDAY, February 20th 2:00-3:00 pm *I *W
Presenter: Gina Sullivan, Accounts Payable Supervisor
If you are interested in obtaining your project disbursements quickly or have questions about accounts payable, this is the session for you. Our knowledgeable staff in the accounts payable department will answer your questions regarding requests for disbursement. Topics include: what to do with an invoice or vendor credit memo, understanding accounts payable forms, obtaining an advance and clearing advances, completing travel reimbursement requests, how to report a lost check, procedures to stop payments, requirements to re-issue a disbursement, understanding tax implications for individuals from out of state, understanding IRS requirements to classify payments to individuals as independent contractors rather than employees, and alternative disbursement methods.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR FACULTY AND RESEARCH PERSONNEL
WEDNESDAY, February 27th 2:00-3:00 pm *I
Presenter: Tommy Martindale
This session will cover important intellectual property (IP) management considerations for researchers and commercialization programs available to faculty and staff. Technology Transfer Office (TTO) director Tommy Martindale will provide a description of the various forms of IP (patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) and how each one impacts faculty and research. Tommy will provide information about the TTO’s role in supporting commercialization of faculty IP and research products. This session will cover the dos and don’ts of communicating ideas with potential industry partners. Tommy will also outline invention reporting obligations required under federal awards - an important compliance matter even for researchers who do not wish to pursue commercialization. If you are developing intellectual property or products, or if you are unfamiliar with invention disclosure requirements of federal grants, this workshop will be of interest to you!
NSF CAREER AWARD WORKSHOP
TUESDAY, March 5th 11:00 am-12:00 pm *I
Presenters: Professors Anca Segall, William Zahner, Robert Zeller, Brian Hentschel, and Satish Sharma
The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide mechanism that offers support to junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” More than a dozen SDSU faculty have been recipients of this prestigious award. Five of them will be discussing their CAREER experiences and offering tips at this workshop. Assistant professors without tenure who are interested in applying for a CAREER award will find this workshop very informative. More information about the CAREER program is available here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm.
BUDGET BASICS: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL
TUESDAY, March 12th 2:00-3:00 pm *I *W
Presenters: Jacqueline Paterno (Development Specialist) and Laura Gardiner (SRA Coordinator)
Part of writing a proposal means understanding the costs of your sponsored project. Where do you begin when creating your proposal budget? Experienced staff in SDSURF’s sponsored research development and administration departments will help answer questions and provide examples of how to include project costs in your proposal. The information presented will be useful for faculty and staff who are new to proposal preparation or submitting to a new agency, and for those who need a “refresher” on budget development. In addition, a guest speaker will share their experience and tips for creating a successful budget.
FACILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE (F&A) COSTS: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO MY SPONSORED PROJECT?
THURSDAY, March 21st 2:00-3:00 pm *I *W
Presenters: Jennie Amison and John Borchert
What are F&A costs (formerly known as indirect costs)? What is covered by F&A? What are the current rates? This workshop will answer your questions about Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs associated with your proposal or project. Whether you are an experienced researcher or new to the grant process this informative workshop will provide you with helpful definitions of F&A costs, explain how F&A rates are determined, and dispel the myths related to F&A costs.
ORDER IT UP: PURCHASING BASICS
THURSDAY, March 28th 2:00-3:00 pm *I*W
Presenter: Charla Mullen
Make the most of your project dollar by participating in this valuable workshop. Why do we need a purchasing department? What are my responsibilities when I need products or services? How do I find vendors? What if I have an urgent/emergency requirement? These questions and more will be answered in this informative session presented by our experienced and knowledgeable purchasing team. Topics will include how to place orders, checking the status of your order, and who to contact in our purchasing department.
EXPORT CONTROLS: INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND COLLABORATION
TUESDAY, April 9th 1:00-2:30 pm *I
Presenter: Zena Hovda
If you hand carry equipment or your laptop abroad, participate in international collaborations or collaborate with foreign nationals in the U.S. or overseas, you are potentially an exporter and should be aware of how export control may impact your research. This workshop will explain the basics of export control regulations, what types of research are exempt and those requiring export licenses, and how to avoid delays and penalties. If you are conducting research that involves working in, traveling to, or collaborating with colleagues from another country, this important information may apply to you.
UNDERSTANDING COST SHARING
WEDNESDAY, April 17th 2:00-3:00 pm *I *W
Presenters: Renee Lechner and Jennie Amison
Cost sharing in proposals is an important topic for faculty and research administrators. What is cost sharing? What is mandatory vs. voluntary? What are the dos and don'ts? How does cost sharing affect the project once it is awarded? What are the roles of the PI, SRD Development Specialist and the SRA Grant Specialist? What type of documentation is required? This workshop will explore the world of cost sharing, its implications and applicable regulations.
UNDERSTANDING FOREIGN NATIONAL IMMIGRATION TAX ISSUES
WEDNESDAY, April 24th 2:00-3:00 pm *I *W
Presenters: Gina Sullivan and DeDe Taylor
Does your project involve international collaborations? Are you contracting with a nonresident? If you would like to learn more about the policies involved in collaborating with international colleagues, you will not want to miss this workshop. Topics to be covered include: the U.S. immigration system; general tax issues; residence status for IRS tax purposes; classifying and sourcing income; and how to process payments.
COLLABORATING WITH SMALL BUSINESS: TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP
TUESDAY, May 7th 2:00-3:00 pm (tentative) *I
Presenters: Faculty Guest Speakers, Sandra Nordahl (director of contracting and compliance, SDSU Research Foundation) and Tommy Martindale (director of SDSU's Technology Transfer Office)
This workshop will feature SDSU faculty members who will share their experiences obtaining funding from and working with small businesses. You will learn how to create successful partnerships and about important topics including conflict of interest, deliverables, intellectual property, payment terms, publication rights, and termination language. If you are considering working with or are already partnering with a small business, this workshop is for you!