Research Education and Training

Access to all required training and other instructional resources for conducting research at Georgia State.





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Proposals & Awards

In-Class Workshops & Online Training Modules

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Online Module: Preparing Proposals

MODULE: This module (linked above) provides an overview of preparing grant proposals and the proposal submission process at Georgia State University. This session focuses on topics including:

  • How to review and interpret funding opportunity announcements for important information and proposal requirements.
  • How to work with Institutional Officers in the Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards and facilitate proposal submission.
  • How to complete standard forms for federal grant proposals and assemble additional elements of a proposal package.
  • How to access proposal submission systems and rout proposals at Georgia State University for approval.

WORKSHOP: Additional assistance is available in the in-class workshop entitled Proposal Preparation. This interactive workshop allows participants to apply the information provided in the online module in hands-on activities, to ask questions, and to receive feedback from subject matter experts. To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

This workshop is available for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Online Module: Budgeting for Proposals (Basics)

MODULE: This module (linked above) provides a close look at the basic steps for estimating project costs for sponsored proposals. Walk through the steps to calculate personnel costs and effort, learn where to put these costs in a proposal budget, learn how to estimate total project costs, and how to prepare a budget justification. 

WORKSHOPS: Additional assistance is available in two in-class workshops entitled Budgeting for Proposals: Basic and Budgeting for Proposals: Advanced. These interactive workshops allow participants to apply the information provided in the online module in hands-on activities, to ask questions, and to receive feedback from subject matter experts. To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

These workshops are available to take for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Using Cayuse424 is a hands-on computer workshop that covers how to access the online CAYuse424 system interface for preparing and collating all of the necessary parts of a federal grant proposal and prepare it for review by the Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards (OSPA) through the Cayuse 424 system. Cayuse424 is a web application created specifically to simplify the creation, review, approval and electronic submission of grant proposals. The system exponentially increases the speed and ease of preparing grant submissions by auto-filling standard information, populating some application fields directly into Spectrum, and providing a running, live summary of potential errors and sponsor-system warnings.

Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Online Module: Effort Reporting

MODULE: This module (linked above) explains the federal policy underlying why we certify effort and provides guidance on the procedures for reviewing and certifying effort at Georgia State. The module also walks through the basic steps for changing and certifying effort in the PERS system used at Georgia State. Additional assistance is available by taking the in-class workshop covering effort reporting.

WORKSHOP: Additional assistance is available in the in-class workshop entitled Effort Reporting. This interactive workshop allows participants to apply the information provided in the online module in hands-on activities, to ask questions, and to receive feedback from subject matter experts. To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

This workshop is available for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Quick Tutorial: Certifying Effort Reports

TUTORIAL: This tutorial tool includes a short (<3 min) step-by-step guide and an interactive simulation designed to walk you through the certification process in just minutes.  If you are unsure how to complete your effort certification, just take a few minutes to review this tutorial and you will be on your way to completing your certifications in no time!  Additional assistance is always available from your department's PERS Coordinator or from the HELPDESK (x4357 or help@gsu.edu).

WORKSHOP: The Spectrum Grants Navigation workshop serves as an introduction to post award sponsored project management and serves as a pre-requisite for all URSA post-award administration classes, including Expenditure Review. The workshop provides an overview of how to navigate the Spectrum (PeopleSoft) Grants Modules including Grants Module integration, navigation, system functionality, and reports and queries.

This workshop does require completion the following classes offered by Spectrum Services prior to participation: Intro to Spectrum/Panthermart and Financial Reports and Inquiries, both offered by the Spectrum office. To register for Spectrum classes click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshops in the list provided.

This workshop is available for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Online Module: Expenditure Reviews on Sponsored Awards

MODULE: This module (linked above) covers the importance of regular expenditure reviews, conducting basic expenditure review functions that are supported by the Spectrum system, and highlights best practices for reviewing expenditures on sponsored awards at Georgia State University.

WORKSHOP: Additional assistance is available in the in-class workshop entitled Expenditure Reviews on Sponsored Awards. This interactive workshop allows participants to apply the information provided in the online module in hands-on activities, to ask questions, and to receive feedback from subject matter experts. Anyone wanting to take the in-class workshop must have previously taken two Spectrum classes, Intro to Spectrum and Financial Reports and Inquiries classes, both offered by the Spectrum office, and the Spectrum Grants Navigation class offered by URSA. To register for Spectrum classes or for the next scheduled Expenditure Review workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next Expenditure Review workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

This workshop is available for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson for more details.

Reading an Actuals Drilldown Report: Tutorial

TUTORIAL: This tutorial walks you through how to read a drilldown report (accounting report) for a sponsored award account. Additional assistance is always available from the Spectrum Services Office that provide workshops and printable guidelines for various Spectrum services.

Finding Funding for Research is an hour and a half long in-class workshop for anyone who would like to learn about resources available to Georgia State faculty, staff, and students to find funding for their research projects. This workshop will cover funding available internally at GSU, access to our internal funding email, and how to register for and use PIVOT by Proquest to customizable database funding searches.

To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

Write a Winning Grant Proposal: Introduction is an hour and a half long in-class workshop for anyone new to grant writing or for those who feel they could benefit from a refresher on ways to improve their grant writing. This workshop focuses on basic approaches to grant writing including how to identify a fundable project idea, how to review the funding announcement for key information, how to write a proposal to impress the reviewers, and keys to good proposal writing.

To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

Improving Your Grant Writing: Learning from the Peer Review Process is a two hour long in-class workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about the peer review process and how it can improve your grant-writing skills. This interactive workshop provides inside tips on the characteristics and content of proposals that score well, what specific funding agencies and peer reviewers look for in a great grant proposal, and ways grant writers can incorporate this information to improve their grant proposals.

To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

Coffee With the Pros: Write a Winning NIH Grant: In this one and half hour long in-class workshop, investigators will learn about best practices for developing high quality NIH grant proposal concept ideas and preparing high quality NIH proposals from a panel of senior GSU faculty with proven NIH funding track records. Faculty participants who are interested may submit a drafted proposal concept or specific aims they are preparing for any upcoming NIH proposal competition to receive written feedback from the panelists.

To register for the next scheduled workshop, click on the "Register for In-class Workshops" button on this page and find the workshop in the list provided, or find the next workshop in our calendar below and register from there.

Visit Research Solutions Knowledge Base

TUTORIALS AND GUIDES: Research Solutions Knowledge Base contains tutorials and How-Tos on resources and services such as HPC resources, Research Portal, RedCap, Division of Health Promotion and Behavior Cloud Server, Promotion & Tenure Portal, along with other How-To articles.

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Faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, it is your responsibility to determine what training to take and to make sure you complete the proper training before performing certain tasks or working in certain areas at GSU. You may review the list below and make note of the training that you are required to take or use the brief questionnaire below to obtain this information.

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For more information on the Education and Training Program or on customized training options, please contact Dr. Kelly Stout, 404-413-5475 or Candice Ferguson, 404-413-3506.