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Research Admin 101

Designed for faculty and staff who anticipate submitting grants or contract applications through Saint Louis University. The session provides a very basic overview of the submission process, responsibilities of the principal investigator, compliance issues and a demo of the required eRS system through which all grants and contracts must travel in order to receive University review and approval prior to submitting to an external sponsor or agency.

Fusz Hall Conference Room

Noon - 1 p.m.

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 9 2016
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016




Past Workshops

NIH Webinar on the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
This new report format is currently available for voluntary use as of October 19, 2012 and will become required in Spring 2013.  ORDS is offering live access to this NIH webinar for all interested faculty and staff.
Learning Resources Center, Room 110 (Medical Campus)
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The ONE Series: Opportunities for Networking Experiences

Substance Abuse/Prevention

3:30 - 5 pm Thursday, October 18, 2012
Boileau Hall
SLU North Campus
38 N. Vandeventer Ave. 

Grantsmanship Boot Camp Series

Succeeding in any competitive endeavor requires advanced planning, strong technical skills, good coaching, expert advice, the resilience to bounce back from defeat, and most importantly, the willingness and dedication to put forth the effort to excel beyond one's field of opponents. Nowhere is this more true than in today's ultra-competitive funding environment that characterizes academic research and scholarship. This intensive four-part educational series assembles an armory of practical information and advice to best prepare SLU's "new recruits" to successfully secure funding for research and scholarship. The program features a seasoned faculty of funded investigators and research administration professionals to guide you in the development of persuasive proposals that stand out from the crowd.

Session I: Laying the Foundation: Preparing Your
Funding Strategy
3:30-5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012  

Busch Student Center 253

In this introductory session, learn how to tackle those areas
requiring advance planning that are critical to your overall

  • Map out your funding strategy to align with career goals
  • Distill/Elucidate your research idea
  • Identify collaborators
  • Identify resource needs
  • Conduct a funding search
  • Find a mentor

Session II: Making the Pitch: Engaging Reviewers,
Telling Your Story, and Establishing Credibility
3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Learning Resources Center, Room 113 (Med Campus)

Standing out among the crowd of applicants will depend upon how effectively you convince a sponsor that your research idea meets their mission and that you are the most qualified investigator to carry out the research plan. This session will focus on the art and science of persuasive writing, specifically tactics that will catch the eye, and not the ire, of a reviewer. Learn ways to 1) communicate the compelling significance of your project, 2) demonstrate control over its implementation, and 3) enhance the reading experience for the reviewer, using formatting and writing style.

Session III: How Much Will This Cost?
Developing and Justifying Realistic Budgets
3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Busch Student Center 253

A poorly crafted budget can torpedo even the most well written proposal. Learn how to accurately translate your project scope into a reasonable and allowable budget that partitions costs into the standard cost categories that meet agency and university guidelines. Office of Finance staff and funded faculty will be present to answer questions.

Session IV: Pulling It All Together: Submission,
Award Acceptance and Dealing with Rejection/Resubmission
3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Busch Student Center 254

  • Subawards
  • Submission tips
  • Just-In-Time issues
  • Award Acceptance
  • Rejection/Resubmission


An Inside Look... the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) 

Postponed Until January 2013

The missions of the CDC and the HRSA intersect in their
goals of supporting health equity, leadership, and training. Both federal agencies fund research, workforce development, and other programs that build safe and healthy communities. This discussion will feature SLU faculty who will share their experiences as successful applicants, peer reviewers, and former agency administrators, guiding others in preparing competitive applications to the CDC and the HRSA. Panelists will share their thoughts on the qualities of "fundable" proposals and the review process. Discussion will also highlight Special Interest Projects (SIPs), a cross-agency funding mechanism targeting key areas of
health promotion and disease prevention. the Department of Defense (DOD)


Navigating research funding opportunities within the Department of Defense can be a daunting task. Supplying 50% of all federal research funding dollars, DOD is a relatively unchartered territory at Saint Louis University. Join us in an exploration of DOD resources and gain a topdown understanding of where to begin this journey.


Educational Sessions On-Demand

ORDS can present on any of these topics at regularly scheduled departmental meetings or specific dates and times convenient for faculty. Contact us at 977-7742 to arrange a presentation time and topic.

  • eRS (Electronic Research Services), SLU's electronic submission system
  • Services and Responsibilities
  • Finding Funding
  • Proposal Development
  • Budget Development
  • Award Management

By Discipline

  • Funding Opportunities for Biomedical Sciences
  • Funding Opportunities for Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Funding for Social/Behavioral/Humanities

By Career Stage

  • Funding for Junior Faculty and New Investigators


 Archived Programming


"An Inside Look..." Sponsor Series

General Grantsmanship

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    "Developing a Competitive NIH Proposal: Practical Strategies for First-Time and Repeat Applicants"

  • Finding Funding
    Learn how to set up funding searches using the Community of Science (COS) and SPIN funding databases.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
    Panelists  discuss the variety of programs offered through NEH and ACLS, with a special focus on fellowship funding and applying to private foundation sponsors.

  • Proposal Development
    Gain skills in developing persuasive statements of significance, goals, objectives, methods, and evaluation sections.

Proposal Development Presentation
  • American Heart Association (AHA) 

Funded investigators  offered recommendations for applying to both Midwest Affiliate and National Programs. Panel chair will be fresh from the latest review session just a few days ago! A newly funded predoctoral fellowship applicant was also be on the panel, so students interested in funding should also view.

  • Budget Development
    Practice building appropriate budgets for your project, including applying fringe rates, indirect costs, tuition rates, and a special focus on cross-fiscal year issues.

Budget Development Presentation

Sample Budget Justification

Sample Budget Exercise Document

Sample Budget Exercise


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    A multidisciplinary panel discussed applying to the various and diverse directorates funded by NSF. Special discussion on CAREER awards, and NSF’s new policies.