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Professional Development Resources

To support everyone staying healthy, while providing information when and where you need it –  CMU's Office of Sponsored Programs is stepping away from the workshop podium for faculty/staff professional development and moving online. The following mini-sessions (PowerPoint slides with audio) are available, with additional sessions planned in the near future:

Fired Up for funding podcast

  1. How do I get started with applying for funding? - October 2021 This first podcast is all about revitalizing your research or creative agenda with some much-needed funding. Deborah Clark and Marie Natzel discuss strategic first steps that could improve the competitiveness of your next funding request. Listen Now
  2. Building a good relationship with funding sponsors! - November 2021 Join Deborah Clark and Marie Natzel for a chat about working with the people interested in funding your great ideas. You'll hear why reaching out is so important and learn the "dos" and "don'ts" of making a good impression. Listen Now
  3. The Pandemic and CMU research: What should every researcher know? – February 2021 Join special guest, Jennifer Walton, Director of Laboratory and Field Safety, as she discusses research in the era of COVID with hosts Deborah and Marie. Listen Now

SciVal overview and Q&A virtual sessions


SciVal can be used to access research worldwide, capture a snapshot of the research performance of units and individuals at multiple levels, benchmark institutional research performance against peers, analyze trends in research, and establish collaborative partnerships. 

Virtual training videos:


Research leadership discussions


  1. Evolution of Scholarly & Creative Activity at CMU
  2. Polished Publications - A Guide to Writing, Submitting and Revising
  3. Predatory Journals and Publications Metrics
  4. Demystifying Grant Writing
  5. Ethics in Scholarly & Creative Activities
  6. F&A Explained
  7. International Engagement in Scholarly & Creative Activity
  8. Innovation Nation
  9. Mentorship Mantra
  10. Graduate Studies Enhancements
  11. Research Computing - April 11, 2022 11AM-12PM


Past training



Spring 2021 presentations:

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Fall 2020 presentations:

  • What Can ORGS Do for YOU – learn about all the helpful services available from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. This is a great introduction to promoting your research and creative scholarship here at CMU
  • Introduction to Cayuse – prepare for a quick introduction to the web-based system that makes CMU internal approvals and federal proposal submissions easier for project leaders
  • Cayuse Routing Requirements – anticipate the four documents you need to submit your first proposal for funding at CMU and learn their connection to your grant-seeking success
  • How to Request a Budget Revision  – learn how to request a revision to a budget on an externally funded project
  • No Cost Extension Process – hear how to request a no-cost extension on an externally funded project

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External resources


NEW NSF forms for Current and Pending and the Bio Sketch this tutorial from NSF explains how to create and update the new forms in the SciENcv system.