Upcoming Office of Sponsored Programs Trainings


The Office of Sponsored Programs will be offering multiple workshops this Fall:






Who Should Attend



Finding Funding: Resources and Opportunities for New Researchers

Friday, October 5, Tuesday, October 9, Friday, October 19

10:00 – 11:00am, 3:00 – 4:00pm, 2:00 – 3:00pm (respectively)

B21 University Club

The hands-on session will provide an overview to Pivot and how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities to support your research. Additional resources related to prestigious academic awards, funding programs for early career faculty, and funding competitions coordinated within the University, will also be presented.

Pitt researchers who are interested in learning about resources to find funding opportunities



Basics of Federal Contract Administration

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 – 11:00am

B21 University Club

This workshop offers a basic overview of the federal contract process. Content includes a submission process overview, an overview of key issues, financial stewardship requirements, an overview of compliance issues unique to federal contracts, and an overview of the closeout process.

Faculty and staff who support federal contract funding activities, and staff charged with research administration support and related activities



Pivot for Research Administrators

Tuesday, October 20

12:00 – 1:00pm

B21 University Club

In this introductory workshop to Pivot, a funding opportunity database, you will learn how to create and maintain deadline calendars; to automate new program announcements; and to share this information with your constituencies.

Research Administrators who assist investigators with finding funding opportunities



Introduction to Grants Management Services in the Office of Sponsored Programs

Wednesday, October 24

9:00 – 11:00am

342 Craig Hall

This workshop is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of institutional pre-award processes, requirements, and systems relative to grants.

Research administrators who are new to the field or who are familiar with research administration but new to the University; faculty members who are interested in learning more about sponsored research processes at the University



Federal Funding: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Thursday, October 25

12:00 – 1:00pm

B21 University Club

This presentation is designed to introduce ways in to working with DARPA and will provide a first step in connecting with DARPA Program Managers.

Researchers interested in understanding DARPA’s funding interests and learning about the agency’s opportunities



Federal Funding: Young Investigator Funding from the Department of Defense

Friday, November 2

12:00 – 1:00pm

B21 University Club

Join federal funding experts from the McAllister & Quinn consulting firm for a web-based introduction to the DOD Young Investigator Programs and start to build a plan to prepare a submission to one of these prestigious programs. 

Tenure-track faculty members interested in learning more about DoD funding opportunities



Introduction to the PERIS™ MyFunding Module

Thursday, November 28

9:00 – 11:00am

342 Craig Hall

This introductory workshop is designed to help participants become more familiar with the MyFunding module and its capabilities.

Research Administrators involved in the proposal submission process, as well as faculty who would like a hands-on tutorial of MyFunding.



Clinical & Corporate Contract Basics

Friday, December 14

9:00 – 11:00am

342 Craig Hall

This workshop offers a description of the types of agreements processed by the Clinical and Corporate Contracts team, common reasons for contract delay, most commonly negotiated contract provisions, and strategies to avoid protracted contracting processes.

New research administrators and/or new faculty, or those who would like a refresher on the types of matters and submission requirements for the Clinical and Corporate Contracts team at the Office of Sponsored Programs.