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Research EDucation

The Office of Research and Economic Development has a number of training and education programs and opportunities to help you be successful with your research activities.

Research Administration Essentials

Research Administration Essentials is a comprehensive education program that brings together existing and new instructional components to meet the research administration needs of faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates and graduate students. The mission of Research Administration Essentials is to ensure that important research at the University of Nebraska continues to move forward, in compliance with funding requirements and in support of the principles of institutional integrity and credibility.

NUgrant Basics: Sponsored Programs Module

NUgrant is a secure electronic research administration system developed by the Office of Research to help UNL faculty, staff and administrators manage research projects. 

There are two opportunities in November to learn more about the system. These training sessions are an introduction to the Sponsored Programs Module within NUgrant, where participants will learn how to log on to the system and create a routing form to move a grant through UNL’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). We’ll walk you through the form preparation pages and highlight other useful NUgrant features. Registration is required.

Project Verification Statements

Project Verification Statements is a project-based methodology that focuses on a system of internal controls. These controls involve the amount and type of documentation required to support salary, wage and benefit charges to federal, federal pass-through and cost share awards. One report is generated for each project on an annual basis, listing all employees assigned to it. If you are the responsible person for the project (the PI), you can view how to verify the PVS here.

Research Compliance Services

All personnel involved in conducting research at UNL are highly encouraged to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. However, in certain instances, this training is required in order to meet federal and sponsor requirements. RCR training is required when receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health.

Conflict of Interest (COI) training must be completed by individuals who receive funding from a Public Health Service (PHS) awarding agency. Currently, UNL is using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website to meet this regulatory requirement. 

UNL affirms its commitment to maintaining the highest ethical principles in the conduct of research with human participants. Consistent with this commitment and our own Federal-Wide Assurance, UNL requires education of key project personnel, including investigators, students, and other project staff who are engaged in research with human participants, biospecimens, or data. Training must be completed before a protocol can be approved by UNL’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and must be maintained during the life of the project. 

UNL also requires all personnel, including researchers, faculty, staff and students involved in an export controlled activity to complete and maintain training before and during their work on the activity.

Research Development Fellows Program

The Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP) is an Office of Research and Economic Development initiative designed to provide full-time, pre-tenure faculty with the information, resources and approaches necessary to prepare competitive grant proposals.