SPA classes are offered in addition to classes in the SPECTRUM program and often relate to time-sensitive topics. The SPA classes are often shorter in length and focus on the immediate needs of department research administrators.
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- ASSIST for Single Applications
- Clinical Trials
- Data Management Plans
- EGMS Refresher
- F&A: All You Ever Wanted to Know
- Getting to Know the PRF
- SciENcv for NSF Biosketches
ASSIST is an NIH-created software option that works as an alternate web front-end to Grants.gov’s “Apply” that permits multiple people to work on a proposal at the same time. The system allows for pre-submission validation and for NIH business rules and pre-population of data from the eRA Commons profiles of the key personnel. After submission, ASSIST includes functionality for the user to track the submission status for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons systems. ASSIST also allows the ability to “clone” application data from previously prepared applications. This class will explain:
- How ASSIST functions
- ASSIST features that will help
- How to set up a proposal
- Proposal entry and processing
This class is geared to staff and administrators who develop and submit multi-project grant applications to NIH. Attendance is strongly encouraged before starting a proposal in this system.
Have you been curious about clinical trials for business & industry? This class will remove the mystery and share interesting information on the subject. You will learn what a clinical trial is and general information on the important roles in the process. The class also includes a question and answer section to answer questions about the SPA Expedited PRF process and other related topics.
This class will explain:
- What the pieces of a clinical trial are
- Budget development and compliance issues
- SPA’s role as both resource and guide
Come build a foundation of knowledge to prepare for agencies 'data management plan roll-out, which have dictated by the federal Office of Science and Technology. Specifics have not been fully announced by the agencies, but likely requirements will include:
- A data management plan, which will be evaluated as a component of the grant application. This plan will describe the data being collected, strategies for documentation, storage, any considerations surrounding intellectual property, sensitive information or personally identifiable information, plans for sharing and long-term preservation.
- Finalized data sets preserved and publicly shared, ideally through existing, public repositories
- Subject to compliance through progress reports
The U of M Libraries are here to help! Come learn about the tools, services, and support available.
The Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS) proposal creation software was built here at the University of Minnesota for the University community.
This class will review common elements of the system, such as:
- Setting up a proposal type that would work with Grants.gov
- How EGMS handles budget calculations
- What else needs to be completed to freeze the proposal and create the PRF
Users will discuss the most common issues taken from calls to the EGMS helpline and learn how to avoid common proposal pitfalls. This class is for individuals who have EGMS experience or would like a refresher.
Curious about what F&A is? How is it calculated? What are waivers? What is the waiver process? How does this affect my proposal? How does it affect my award?
F&A costs, formerly known as indirect costs and overhead, are costs that are necessary to support research and other sponsored projects, but which cannot be readily assigned to individual projects. As a key element of proposal creation and award management learn the ins and outs from SPA subject matter experts.
This class will explain:
- What is F&A
- What are waivers
- The waiver process
This class is geared to individuals who want to know more about F&A and the waiver process.
This course is intended for individuals who are new to the Proposal Routing Form (PRF) or sponsored projects, though is also useful as an informational resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the form and its components, related concepts, and topics. The course will cover the questions in the form as well as how to initiate, modify, and submit a PRF.
This class will cover:
- How to navigate to and initiate a PRF
- Background, associated information, and related topics on each of the PRF's 25 questions
- How to amend, route, and submit a PRF
SciENcv is an online tool that helps researchers create a research profile that they can use to complete a variety of different sponsor’s biographic sketches in the sponsor’s sanctioned format. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. Beginning with the next iteration of the PAPPG (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. This is an opportunity to learn about the system and get ready for the implementation for NSF.
Come find out the differences between its implementation by NIH and NSF and the new things you need to be aware of to create the approved document in this system. Taught by the Library and SPA.
xTrain is an online application, part of eRA Commons, that allows both grantees and federal staff to access and share administrative grant information. Institution users electronically prepare (enter data), route, track, and submit Appointments Re-Appointments, Amendments, and Termination Notices in the system. xTrain is also used by Agency grants management staff to process Appointments and Termination Notices submitted electronically.
This class will explain:
- The system’s key roles
- How to get started navigating the screens
- How to process PHS forms 227 (the appointment form) and PHS416-7 (termination forms)
This class is geared towards individuals who will be working with NIH Training Grant awards or have interest in the subject.