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Webinars & Training

The VPR Research Development team provides and coordinates training and workshop opportunities. Becca Latimer is the point of contact for training, including the program described below.

UVA Workshops

NORDP Courses

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals offers a set of virtual conference sessions that are free to NORDP members, and can be viewed by others for a $30 fee. These sessions have been developed by members of the NORDP community as part of the NORDP 2020 Virtual Conference.

Examples of the sessions are presented below.

Exploring the Strategic Mindset "Logic" of Change, Engagement and Outcomes to Enhance Research Development

As grant and research development professionals, we often use logic models as a way to organize and picture the planned work and intended results of a grant-funded project. However, logic models can also be used to visualize the research-related resources, activities, deliverables, and outcomes that are often central to institutional strategic plans and research developers. In this session we will explore the use of logic models as a method to promote strategic research mindsets at both the individual and institutional levels and consider the implications of conceptual and operational logic models for organizationl change and operation.

Presenters: Kendra Mingo, University of Idaho; Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, Franklin & Marshall College

Encouraging and Supporting Multidisciplinary Team Science and Collaborative Proposals

Your mid- to senior-level PIs are ready for large collaborative and multidisciplinary grants... now what? Perhaps you have supported these proposals in the past and struggled with challenges such as lack of engagement, turf wars and missed deadlines or, your institution is ramping up its' research efforts and now looking at these awards as a next step and you want to be prepared to support them. 

Presenters: Sarah Ott, Hanover Research; Sandra Holden, Stanford University School of Medicine; Babette Heyer, Stanford Cancer Institute.

"Right-Scoping" RD: Reduce Burn-Out Risk While Maintaining Satisfaction and Effectiveness

Many Research Development professionals face heavy workload and deadline pressures, resulting in a high risk of burnout. To tackle these challenges, RD professionals can "right-size" the scope of their work by strategically re-designing their work to improve sustainability (reduce burnout risk) while maintaining or improving their satisfaction and effectiveness. The presenters represent an RD office that began a comprehensive "right-scoping" effort in early 2018 using an iterative, data-driven process-improvement approach. Learn how to apply lessons learned and create materials to improve office sustainability and enhance staff on-boarding and professional development.

Presenters: Maile Henson and Joanna Downer, Duke University.

NIH Webinars

Looking for ways to improve your NIH grant submission success? iTHRIV and Research Net have partnered to provide a pilot webinar series on developing NIH proposals. This pilot series is designed by an external group, ATG Consulting, to assist the faculty, staff, and students of UVA and their invited partners from Research Net and iTHRIV to navigate the various components of an NIH grant proposal through a series on online training courses.  This training series consists of six sessions and begins Tuesday, February 5, 2019. A detailed schedule is attached below. Participation is FREE and open to all UVA faculty and research staff. Registration is required!

Six 90 minute webinars will cover the following topics:

  • Proposal Development
  • Specific Aims Page
  • Research Strategy
  • Administrative Components
  • Resubmissions
  • Transitions and Renewals

About the Instructor

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, Ph.D. is a highly acclaimed public speaker with a track record of helping faculty improve their competitiveness for funding and proposal development expert. As a contract grant writer, she works with a number of universities and health systems, including multiple successfully funded Clinical Translational Science Award sites. She brings experience working with over 200 individual researchers on proposals ranging from materials physics to history, coaching investigators through the grant-writing process to leave each faculty member with a new skill set to be applied to every proposal going forward. In January 2017, Dr. Atkisson founded the AtKisson Training Group to expand support for faculty research development beyond grant writing – placing the grant proposal in the context of the individual scholar's larger research enterprise and career trajectory.

Space is limited! To register, contact Becca Latimer:

For questions: Sandra Burks ( Becca Latimer, PhD (

Research Administration Course

The Office of Sponsored Programs and the Curry School of Education and Human Development have partnered in the development of a research administration course as a resource for research administrators at UVA. The course contains four modules: Introduction; Pre-Award; Agreements; and Post-Award.