You’re invited: Spring 2020 Research Round Table at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is pleased to invite you to the Spring 2020 Research Round Table on Monday, March 23, at 8:30 a.m. in Selby Auditorium. Free to participate.

Leading the round table is William Elwood, PhD, coordinator of the National Institutes for Health Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network, which develops funding opportunities on the underlying mechanisms and processes that inform health behaviors in emerging topic areas.

Elwood will provide a brief overview of multiple federal agencies that fund academic research and greater detail on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s agency that funds research that seeks fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Participate in person or via Livestream (Online access instructions will be emailed to registered participants on Friday, March 20.)
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks -- Karen Holbrook, PhD, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus
9 a.m.: Federal Agencies Review | Inside the NIH: 27 Institutes and Centers | NIG Peer Review Process -- William Elwood, PhD, OppNet/Health Scientist, National Institutes of Health
10:30 a.m.: Networking break
11 a.m.: Concept Paper Collaboratory: Facilitated by Sandy Justice, CRA, USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Research

Over 80 percent of the NIH's $42 billion in annual funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world. NIH consists of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.

Elwood will cover NIH funding opportunities from predoctoral fellowships, to current-faculty career development, as well as small and large research grant projects. He will highlight some funding opportunities of interest to the Sarasota-Manatee research community, grantspersonship hints, and an explanation of the NIH peer review process. There will be ample time to answer questions and to provide more detailed feedback on faculty member-specific ideas.

For optimal feedback, interested faculty should provide a concept paper (e.g., abstract and specific aims) and note that the majority of NIH funds go toward investigator-initiated ideas rather than through specific funding opportunity announcements. 

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Justice, CRA 
USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Research
(941) 359-4618

Speaker bio

William Elwood, PhD, coordinates the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), a trans-NIH collaboration that accelerates discoveries in the underlying mechanisms and processes that inform health behaviors. 

Based in the NIH Director’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), Bill also serves as the Office’s subject-matter expert on arts- and humanities-based interventions, clinical and healthcare delivery research issues, community-engaged and community-based participatory research (CBPR), environmental influences (disaster, extreme weather events, household air pollution), health literacy and numeracy, language and communication, long-term behavior change, military and veteran health, resilience, and rural/urban minority health facilitators and disparities. 

Before his position at OBSSR, Bill was a NIH scientific review officer for five years. Prior to NIH, Bill held faculty positions in Alabama, Florida, and Texas and also served as research and development director for a mental health/substance abuse agency in south Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a doctorate from Purdue University. 

Summer 2019 Grant Writing Workshops

The Summer 2019 Grant Writing Workshops provided faculty grantsmanship training and included topics related to the USFSM research enterprise. Click here to access the Research Workshops Toolkit.

Fall 2019 NSF Grants Conference Webcast

USFSM hosts the Fall 2019 NSF Grants Conference Webcast in the Robotics Innovation Makerspace (RIM) room B235. Agenda detailed over the two conference days (November 18 and 19) allows participants to join for the topics relevant to their research. The plenary sessions will provide key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF including: the state of current funding, proposal preparation and merit review policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues. Agenda Details

Past workshops

Friday, Sept. 20 (10 a.m. to noon, Room A217): Research -- Leveraging online resources to identify grant opportunities to support your research. 

Access the PowerPoint presentation here.

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Friday, Sept. 27 (10 a.m. to noon, Room A217): Prestigious Fellowships and Award Opportunities -- Focusing on Humanities and Social Sciences. Discovery opportunities to support your research. Advance skills to prepare strong and competitive proposals. Access helpful resources.

Friday, Oct. 4 (10 a.m. to noon, Room A217): Contracts and Research Agreements -- Sponsored research resources and expertise related to navigating contract clauses and review/approval requirements for research agreements.

Access the PowerPoint presentation here.

Friday, Oct. 11 (10 a.m. to noon, Room A217): Writing Competitive Grants -- Developing clear, comprehensive projects that are responsive to the sponsor guidelines and demonstrate impact.

Access the PowerPoint presentation here.

Grant Budgets: Resources are available to you in the Office of Research. Also, TRAIN® has developed tools for budget development and award reconciliation. This workshop will be recorded and posted on the USFSM Research website. Sample Grant Writing Timeline | Grants vs Gifts | Presentation Slides | Advancement Presentation Slides

Predatory Publishing and Conferences: What are they and how to avoid them!

Human Sides of Grants.

Students Research Engagement Workshop

We are grateful for the funding support provided by:

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Coming Soon

The Research Administration Faculty Fellows are bringing you Pecha Kucha events. Check back for more information.

  1.  Cyber Florida  We are planning a valuable session that will bring together the technology students, faculty, and industry.

  2. Communicating Research to the Media [USF Experts Guide] – This workshop will provide insights and best practices on how to share your research with the media, e.g. speaking to the intellectual non-expert audience, include aspects of research that have been published.

  3. Success Strategies for Impactful Interdisciplinary Projects – This workshop will cover what peer reviewers look for when considering inter- or multi-disciplinary proposals.

  4. Pecha Kucha

    Health focused with regional hospitals (Manatee, Sarasota, Blake)
    Collaboration focused with the Cross College Alliance

  5. Communicating Research to the Media
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*** If you are interested in seeing a workshop topic covered, please email the USFSM Office of Research at ***

Past Events

USFSM Research Workshop - Interdisciplinary Grants

Interdisciplinary Grants research workshop led by invited speaker Dr. Chuck Connor, professor in the USF School of Geosciences. Interdisciplinary teams examine the big questions from a variety of perspectives, integrating the research projects to consider the implications of science on society and broadening human understanding of the world today and the promise, through innovation, for a better tomorrow. To register, send an email to Lunch provided to registered participants.  If you have any food allergies or need special accommodations, please note that in your registration email.

Finding Funding Using Pivot

This workshop led by Elizabeth Foster, Program Manager for the Academy of Certified Research Administrators at USF. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or smart phone. Together, we will (1) learn how to use pivot to easily and quickly search for funding opportunities that best suit your research and career interests, (2) maximize USF tools and resources for optimal results; and (3) discuss funding opportunities at your doorstep.  

Research Roundtable featuring Development Diplomat in Residence Caryle Cammisa

Caryle Cammisa has a wealth of experience and would like to share her USAID expertise with our faculty, staff and students. The USAID (United States Agency for International Development) grant is a federal grant program for foreign countries to assist them in providing humanitarian assistance or economic development which enhances American political or economic policies abroad. 

Florida High Tech Corridor Grants

The Florida High Tech Corridor is a regional economic development initiative of the UCF, USF, and UF.

The FHTC mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. The Matching Grant Research Program at the University of South Florida can provide up to $150,000 in matching grant funds for collaborative research projects between local industry partners and USF researchers, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funded projects. Corridor funding is used to expand the project's scope of work and support student involvement in cutting-edge research endeavors. For more information, please visit

USF Undergraduate Research, with invited speaker Michael Cross, OUR Director

Dr. Cross currently serves as Director for the USF Office of Undergraduate Research.  Previously, he has led the design and implementation of courses focused on exposing students to the practice and philosophy of research. Having worked in e-commerce with more than ten years in fortune 500 companies (financial and retail services) managing cross-functional teams, corporate projects, and business strategy for technology integration, Dr. Cross brings insight and opportunity to the table.

Lunch & Learn - Discover Opportunities for Recognition For Faculty Honors & Awards

Grant Budgets

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of proposal budgets. We will help participants understand the difference between Grants vs. Gifts, and dispel budget myths. We encourage participation by faculty and staff engaged in the research enterprise. Resources are available to you in the Office of Research. Also, TRAIN® has developed tools for budget development and award reconciliation. This workshop will be recorded and posted on the USFSM Research website. Sample Grant Writing Timeline | Grants vs Gifts | Presentation Slides | Advancement Presentation Slides

USF Institute of Applied Engineering Workshop

At the workshop we learned about USF’s partnership with SOFWERX. SOFWERX performs collaboration, ideation and facilitation with the best minds of Industry, Academia and Government. SOFWERX can also conduct rapid prototyping and rapid proof of concepts from ideation discovery. Contact Sandy Justice if you are interested in attending and Executive Briefing and Facilities tour at SOFWERX.

USF Institute of Applied Engineering: DoD Grants and Task Order Contracts (Watch the video presentation here.)

USF I-CORPS Lunch & Learn

Invited Speaker: Dr. Sudeep Sarkar, Associate Vice President for USF I-Corps Programs, and Professor & Chair, Computer Science & Engineering, USF College of Engineering. Participate in a 6-week National Science Foundation program–right here at USF. Get the tools, techniques, and training to develop your ideas into potential products or companies. Work directly with a mentor from business or industry. Receive a grant up to $3,000. Website: Email:

Predatory Publishing and Conferences: What are they and how to avoid them!

Diane Fulkerson, MA, MLS This 60-minute session will discuss how to identify a legitimate publisher, what resources area available to help researchers on campus as well as the common myths and perceptions surrounding Open Access.

USFSM Research Pecha Kucha

Faculty can contact Murat Haner or Melissa Sloan with any questions they may have about this event. 

Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation

A day of student-based presentations and discussions on research engagement. This year’s poster presentations are a mix from all four colleges spanning from business projects and ideas to scientific research and exploration. This annual event is coordinated by Dr. Kim Badanich in the College of Science and Mathematics.

SciVal/Scopus Workshop

Faculty workshop to learn how these the SciVal and Scopus resources from USF Libraries can help them identify high impact journals, locate potential research collaborators, and provides the ability to track publication metrics. Using the databases together provides faculty with a dashboard of information about their publications. The attached quick reference guides will help familiarize faculty with the key features of each database. Faculty can contact Diane Fulkerson, Director of Information Commons\Library Services with any questions they may have about Scopus or SciVal. SciVal Guide | Scopus Guide

NSF Grant Writing Workshop

This workshop provides an overview of the NSF, their strategic goals and current funding opportunities. We will discuss best practices when reaching out to your NSF Directorate as well as service on peer review panels. We will also cover the proposal development timeline for a competitive grant proposal and resources in the Office of Research to reduce your work in grant preparation.

Research Integrity & Compliance Workshop

This workshop will provide faculty and student researchers with training regarding the recently revised USF System Policies that govern research related conflicts of interest as well as the revised Common Rule of ethics and eIRB application procedures for research involving human subjects.

Research Productivity Workshop

The aims of this workshop will be to help faculty develop tailored research productivity plans specific to their scholarly expectations. The topics will include: Building research area: a trajectory of success, Submitting competitive proposals, Mentoring junior faculty and graduate students, Communicating science, Service counts: Peer Review panels
Slides: Human Sides of Grants.

Students Research Engagement Workshop (PPT 10MB)

The purpose of this workshop is to increase students engaged in the research enterprise, promote mentoring through research assistantships and provide interested students with the tools that they need to be research active.

If you have Research Workshop topics that you’d like to see covered, send your suggestions to the Office of Research at