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East Tennessee State University

Training and Education

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On-Demand Training

Upcoming Events and Open Workshops

Compliance Training

Assistance with NIH ASSIST

Public Access Compliance and NIH & NCBI

Online Help with Proposal Writing


On-Demand Training

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Available for ETSU departments and classes:
ORSPA will conduct customized workshops specifically tailored for you and your colleagues and/or students  Just let us know what topic(s) you would like us to present, and we will be happy to arrange a time that accommodates your schedule.
Suggested topics include:

  • Finding Grant Funding Opportunities 101
  • Funding Opportunities Available at ETSU (ex:  RDC, IDC, PGIA, etc.)
  • Grants and Contracts at ETSU:  the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
  • Navigating NIH
  • Navigating NSF
  • Patents and Copyrights:  Protecting your Intellectual Property
  • RDC Application Assistance
  • Grant Proposal Budget Development

Upcoming Events and Open Workshops


If you are interested in applying for NSF funding, attending an "NSF Day" worksop is a great way to meet with NSF representatives to learn more about the various NSF programs and how to compete for funding.  You will gain insight and receive instruction on how to compete for National Science Foundation funding for science, engineering and education research. Follow this link for more information on NSF Days: 

Tennessee State University will be hosting a NSF Day on February 22, 2018. Check the flyer for more details.

Workshop: SBIR/STTR Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers

The ETSU Innovation Laboratory is holding this workshop to provide in-depth exposure to federal funding opportunities and educate participants on the resources specifically available to Tennesseans. Click here for more details and click here to register.

Dr. Jim Stefansic, President and CEO of Raiven Healthcare in Nashville, will present the SBIR/STR Workshop and will be available to meet with participants by appointment on February 19th or following the Workshop on February 20th.  To set up a meeting, call (423-439-8535) or Dr. Audrey Depelteau, Director of the Innovation Laboratory.

The Workshop will be held February 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory Training Center.

Occasionally during the Fall and Spring semesters, we will offer workshops on the topics listed under On-Demand Training.  To register for any of these workshops, please see the EDC training schedule at

We do not currently have any other open workshops available.  Please check back later.

Compliance Training

Please see our "Research Compliance" link in the left navigation column for information and programs concerning ETSU's commitment to operate with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

In addition, online CITI Program course is recommended for the following topics:

  • Animal Care and Use (UCAC)
  • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)
  • Human Subjects Research (IRB)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

 Please consult with the individual committee or governing body to learn which modules you should complete.

Assistance with NIH ASSIST

ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit applications through to NIH.  Being web-based, it eliminates the need to download an "application package" and e-mail it around to the various individuals who need to work on it.

ASSIST allows participants to do the following:

  • Use your current eRA Commons credentials to log in to ASSIST
  • Delegate application preparation responsibilities to other people, both within and outside your organization, while you maintain appropriate access control and security
  • Populate data from established eRA Commons profiles (note:  this means that if you are going to be listed as a senior/key person on a coming application, please update your eRA Commons profile before you begin the application in ASSIST)
  • Run validations on federal-wide and agency business rules prior to submission
  • Generate Table of Contents, headers, footers, page numbers, etc. automatically
  • Print/Preview applications prior to submission in the format used by the agency
  • Present to reviewers clear, color PDF images rather than scanned versions of the application

Resources at NIH:

Public Access Compliance and NIH & NCBI

The NIH Public Access Policy is an open access mandate requiring that research papers describing research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) be available to the public through PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

NCBI is the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  MyNCBI is a tool that retains user information and database preferences to provide customized services for the many NCBI databases.  

MyBibliography (embedded on the MyNCBI homepage) is a reference tool that helps you save your citations from PubMed or, if not found there, to manually upload a citations file or to enter citation information using My Bibliography templates.

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae), available in MyNCBI, is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive, or are associated with research investments from federal agencies.

Want to learn more?  See our NIH Biosketch & Publications page...

Online Help with Proposal Writing

      The following non-ETSU sites may help you during the grant writing process:


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