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SDSU Research Foundation Spring 2012 Workshops

Several sessions will explore funding, writing proposals, budgeting and more.

If you would like to reserve a seat for any of the following workshops, please contact Jonathan Florendo at or 619-594-4635.

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions below, please contact the Office of Communications at 619-594-2458 to arrange for an individual consultation with the workshop speaker.

Show Me the Money!  Funding Opportunities on the Web
2 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7

If you have research ideas and need to know where to begin your search for funding, or if you currently have grants and would like to seek supplemental funding for your project, this interactive session is perfect for you!  At this workshop we will demonstrate how to utilize the Internet in your search for funding opportunities, including the online searchable database “Sponsored Programs Information Network” (SPIN).  You will also learn how to successfully navigate several agency web sites and locate announcements, RFPs, and other information.  This workshop will be held in the SDSU Research Foundation computer training room so participants can have hands-on experience!

Writing a Grant Proposal: Tricks of the Trade
9 - 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14

This workshop will cover the different steps involved in writing a proposal for extramural funding. Topics include a description of funding sources, pre-proposal preparation, the different sections of a proposal, budget items, “tricks of the trade,” and writing techniques and strategies. Faculty and staff who have not written a proposal will benefit from this workshop, as well as faculty members who need “refresher” information.

Budget Basics: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Proposal
2 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23

Part of writing a grant proposal is understanding the costs of your sponsored project. Where do you begin when creating your proposal budget? For example, do you plan on hiring students, using various supplies, renting space, or attending conferences? How will these costs affect your budget? Experienced staff in SDSURF’s sponsored research development and administration departments will help answer questions and provide examples of how to include project costs in your proposal. The information presented will be useful for faculty and staff who are new to proposal preparation or submitting to a new agency, as well as those faculty and staff who need a “refresher” on budget development.

Conflicts of Interest: A Primer for Principal Investigators and Project Staff

2 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 6

With grant sponsors and award recipients (including SDSU) looking more closely at the terms of grants and contracts, it is important for faculty and administrators to be aware of both real and potential financial conflicts of interest. Gene Stein, co-director of SDSU Research Foundation’s contracting and compliance department will offer insight into the nature of conflicts of interest, why we should care about them, how, when and why they must be disclosed, and how conflicts of interest can be managed. Several examples will be used for clarification.

Accounts Payable Essentials
1 - 3 p.m., Thursday, March 15

In this educational session, many questions regarding your project account(s) will be answered by the knowledgeable staff in SDSU Research Foundation’s accounts payable department. For example, how will you get checks to your vendors? Are you planning on traveling and need assistance with travel and expenses? How do you get a lost check re-issued? How do you determine whether someone should be paid as an independent contractor or employee? Are there alternate payment methods for small dollar purchases (personal reimbursements and PCards)? Topics to be covered also include: what to do with an invoice; who to contact in each department; and other questions about invoices/credits. If you are interested in saving time and money on your project, this is the session for you.

Export Controls: Do’s and Don’ts! 
2 - 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22

Do you think export control laws don’t pertain to your research? Think again. Exports don’t always involve sending something out of the country. You can actually violate export control regulations by working in your office or lab! This workshop will explain export control regulations, what you have to do (and not do) to comply, what types of research are exempt, and how to avoid stiff federal penalties. If you are conducting research that involves working in, travel to or collaborating with colleagues from another country, this important information may apply to you.

Order it Up: Purchasing Basics
2 - 4 p.m., Thursday, April 5

Why do we need a purchasing department? What are my responsibilities when I need products or services? How do I find vendors?  What do I do if I have an urgent/emergency requirement? These questions and more will be answered in this informative session presented by a knowledgeable buyer in SDSU Research Foundation’s purchasing department. Topics to be covered include: how to order what you need; checking the status of your order; and who to contact in Purchasing. If you would like to make the most of your project dollar, this is the workshop for you. You may submit any questions in advance to Jonathan Florendo.

Understanding Foreign National Immigration Tax Issues
1 - 3 p.m., Thursday, April 12

Does your project involve international collaborations? Are you contracting with a nonresident? At this seminar you will learn more about the U.S. immigration system, general tax issues, residence status for IRS tax purposes, classifying and sourcing the income, and how to process payments. If you would like to learn more about the policies involved in collaborating with international guests, you will not want to miss this workshop.