Training and Resources

Training Comments
Grant Coordinator Meetings
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Quarterly meetings to provide an opportunity for grant coordinators and Research Administration staff to discuss important changes, hot topics, view demonstrations of new systems, and review updates on policies, forms, and processes. Most importantly, it provides a venue for an open dialogue involving everyone engaged in supporting research and sponsored projects at KU.  For more information about future agenda items and meeting dates, contact Alicia Reed at 785-864-7231 or
NSF Grant Application Mentor
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NSF Grant Application Mentor: An Educational How-To Manual is designed to help principal investigators understand the NSF grant award system, including the application and review process, NSF’s review criteria, the elements of an NSF grant proposal, documenting resources available and the significance of the research topic, and best tactics for submitting a winning proposal. The manual is available online via BlackBoard. Access can be requested by emailing Alicia Reed at
Research Administration 101
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“Research Administration 101” is a certificate program offered by the Office of Research to members of the KU community engaged in the administration of externally sponsored projects. Each fall the program is offered in a live class format consisting of ten weekly two-hour sessions taught by a variety of in-house experts as well as invited guests from the broader KU community. The course is intended to provide participants with an overview of what sponsored projects are, how they are administered at KU, and who bears responsibility for seeing that they are administered responsibly. Many of the topics addressed are relevant to all sponsored projects, including research, educational service agreements, training grants, and public service projects. Some topics will be relevant to any research activity, regardless of whether or not it is externally funded. For additional information, contact Alicia Reed at 785-864-7231 or
Thursday Research Topics
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Hosted by the Office of Research, Thursday Research Topics (TRT) meetings are special topic training sessions held on the second Thursday of each month from 11:10-11:50AM in Simons Auditorium, Higuchi Biosciences Center, on KU’s West Campus. Each session focuses on a specific topic in research administration of current interest. Sessions are recorded and made available to members of the KU community online.  You must be enrolled in the "Research Administration Training and Resources" BlackBoard site in order to view the TRT archive. If you are a KU employee who wishes to be enrolled in the site, you can request access from Alicia Reed at 785-864-7231 or
Research Administration Training and Resources BlackBoard Site
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The Research Administration Training and Resources BlackBoard site serves as an online toolbox for research administrators. It includes numerous in-depth video workshops as well as short videos on a wide variety of research administration topics, an archive of KU Thursday Research Topics presentations, and links to source documents, to helpful training resources, and to reference sites. Since many of these resources are institutionally subscription-based, access is limited to KU employees. To gain access, email Alicia Reed at
NSF Interdisciplinary Research Presentation (pdf)  
NSF Career Presentation- Slides and Handout (pdf)
Common Sponsored Award Terms  
Research Administration
Alicia Reed
Assistant Vice Chancellor for KU Research
phone 785-864-7231
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