Training and Meeting Opportunities

Refer to the events calendar for class availability:

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Mandatory Training for PIs and Research Administrative Staff [+][-]

The Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of Finance and Administration, with the support of VCU’s senior administration, have developed mandatory training programs in sponsored project compliance and effort certification to increase awareness and accountability and to reduce risk to the University. All Principal Investigators (PIs), investigators and VCU staff who are involved in sponsored projects or manage funds in sponsored project accounts are required to complete this training program.

Current PIs must complete the training program prior to the issue of an award. New awards will not be processed until the required training is completed. New PIs will also be required to take the training before an award will be processed by the Office of Research and Innovation. Proposals will continue to be processed without delay.

The training programs are available on Blackboard and should take approximately one (1) hour each to complete. To access the program, go to the VCU home page (, click on Blackboard and log-in using your VCU eID. Once in Blackboard, click on the Courses tab and select "School Required Training for PIs, Researchers and Administrators." Select the tab that best defines your role, i.e., "Investigator Training" or "Administrator Training"

All individuals must score a minimum of 80% on each of the corresponding examinations to successfully complete the training program.

You can self-enroll by searching by course name ("School Required Training for PIs, Researchers and Administrators" or search "School Required Training") and selecting "Self-enroll." If you have any problems registering for the course, please send an email to Access will be granted within 24 hours.

VCU has an obligation to preserve public trust in the integrity and quality of its sponsored projects. Ensuring that our faculty and staff are aware of and comply with federal regulations and University policies strengthens that trust. We appreciate your willingness to participate in this program.

VCU Sponsored Projects Administration Certification Program [+][-]

We are updating and reorganizing! Our certification program is not currently being offered.

In the interim, read more about events and training opportunities available in "Other Training" listed below.

Other Training [+][-]

NCURA Film Series

Technology Transfer Issues for the Research Administrator

Tuesday, October 21
Jilda Garton, VP for Research & GM, Georgia Institute of Technology Panel
Elaine Brock, Sr. Assoc. Dir., Office of Research and Sponsored Proj., University of Michigan
Cathy Innes, Dir., Office of Tech. Dev., University of NC at Chapel Hill
Alexandra McKeown, Assoc. Dean for Research Admin, Johns Hopkins University

Learning Points

  • “Standard” Terms and Conditions
  • Customary Industry Agreements
  • Complex IP in Research Agreements
  • Special IP Situations

Export Controls and Other Security Concerns

Tuesday, November 18
Randy Draper, Dir., Office of Contracts & Grants, University of Colorado Boulder Panel
Elizabeth Peloso, Dir., Export Compliance, University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Mosley, Dir. of Research Advancement, Arizona State University
Ajay Kuntamukkala, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Learning Points

  • Export Control Laws
  • Export Compliance Programs
  • Role of the Research Administrator
  • Future of Export Controls

Guiding the Principal Investigator through Proposal Development, Submission and Award Management

Tuesday, December 9

Negotiating Federal Contracts and Pass-Through Awards

Tuesday, January 13

Non-Financial Research Compliance

Tuesday, February 10

Register via VCU Training. For more information and questions, contact: Cathy Short, Training Manager at or 628-2653.

Click here to request instructional material for the NCURA DVD Library.

Grants & Contracts Accounting Training – This training is offered once a month and is designed for employees with less than one year experience working with sponsored programs. The session provides those who are new to grant administration an overview of Grants & Contracts policies and procedures and commonly used Banner forms. Participants must have completed the Banner Basic Navigation course via blackboard/ or other classroom Banner experience. (Register via VCU training webpage).

From NIH: All About Grants Podcast Service [+][-]

NIH and the Office of Extramural Research (OER) have made podcasts available which feature conversations with NIH staff members. The podcasts are designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others. The podcasts vary in length (between 10-20 minutes) and relevant subject matter and are updated every other week.

Please visit the "All About Grants" podcast website here to download podcasts or to subscribe to this service.