Research Administration Education Resources

Office of Sponsored Projects Administration

▼   Evisions Research Suite Training

DESCRIPTION: Evisions Cayuse SP and 424 are components of the Evisions Research Suite (ERS) which will allow full electronic routing and proposal information at the University of South Alabama.

  • Cayuse SP is the proposal and award administration module that will replace the paper Transmittal Sheets. SP will electronically route proposals for necessary University approvals, monitor proposal status, and interface with post-award activity. All proposals at the University of South Alabama will begin in SP whether submitted electronically or by an alternate method. It is not, however, a submission module.
  • Cayuse 424 is the module through which most federal grant proposals can be created, reviewed for sponsor requirements, and electronically submitted by SPA. The 424 module is connected directly with Proposals are checked throughout development for compliance and when submitted, travel quickly to the directed federal agency.

IN-PERSON TRAINING: ERS Training Sessions will be offered in Fall 2017.

ONLINE RESOURCES: A training Powerpoint for Cayuse SP is available for download.

Office of Research Development and Learning

▼   Seed Grant in Support of the Arts and Humanities Applicant Workshop

DESCRIPTION: Newly required for the Seed Grant in Support of the Arts and Humanities in academic year 2017-18, applicants must complete this 45 minute workshop that gives an overview of program requirements and expectations, delivers 'how-tos' for each part of the application, and introduces the web-based programs needed to complete the application (InfoReady, Evisions, and Pivot).

All applicants must complete the workshop, even if they have previously received an award.

IN-PERSON TRAINING: The workshops are offered over several dates and times to accommodate different schedules. See the Research Education Events page for the calendar of workshops and to sign up.

▼   Fundamentals of Research Administration

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the Fundamentals of Research Administration program is to provide participants with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of sponsored projects administration using a team-based learning approach. 

Team Based Learning (TBL) is a special form of collaborative learning that creates a constructive, motivational environment. TBL is USA’s Quality Enhancement Plan pedagogical strategy and an innovative format in which to present a professional development program. In fact, the Fundamentals of Research Administration program is the first professional development program at USA to be presented in this format.

TBL is especially suited for research administration because it stresses individual preparedness, teamwork and constructive discussion to enhance understanding of program concepts. TBL is less focused on content transmission than on using program information to solve complex problems. And what do exceptional research administrators do best? They solve problems, they work well in teams and they facilitate activity and decision making with constructive, knowledge-based discussion.

The program offers 24 hours (12 two-hour modules) of in-class instruction.

DEADLINE: Program enrollment begins on May 1, 2017 and is limited to 12 participants.

ELIGIBILITY: The Fundamentals of Research Administration program is intended for early career research administrators or those who are planning to take the CRA (Certified Research Administrator) exam in 2018. 

PROGRAM AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please see the complete 2017 FRA program and application guidelines for a detailed description of the program.

▼   Basics of Pivot and Gallery

DESCRIPTION: Pivot is a grant search service which gives you quick and easy access to funding opportunities. Pivot accelerates the research process by integrating funding and collaborator discovery into one powerful tool. Beyond connecting researchers to funding and collaborators, Pivot users are able to communicate and share these matches. The database is updated daily.

Both USA faculty and staff can create a login and search for funding on Pivot (faculty will want to see the instructions for claiming your Pivot account).

IN-PERSON TRAINING: The Office of Research Development & Learning offers individual and group training in the basics of Pivot and Gallery, USA's new Funding Opportunity and Expertise Search Engines, respectively. Contact to schedule a one-on-one meeting or group training event.

ONLINE RESOURCES: Basic instructions and resources are available online.

▼   Scholar Studio - NIH F31 & F32 Fellowship Proposal Development

DESCRIPTION: Predoctoral students and post-doctoral trainees and sponsors are invited to discuss the development of competitive F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award Application, and F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award Applications. Discussions about other mechanisms are also welcome.

IN-PERSON TRAINING: Dates/times for the Scholar Studio will be scheduled for Fall 2017.