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Research & Development

FIRST Program


As of May 2011 it is the policy of the Graduate School that the FIRST workshop is mandatory; materials and content of the FIRST workshop will be part of the required New Faculty Orientation. Attendance at the FIRST workshop, presented during New Faculty Orientation, is required for all incoming faculty.

The Faculty Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Technology (FIRST) is workshop designed to familiarize you with resources provided by the Graduate School, help you establish your research agenda, and acquaint you with tools to enhance your teaching and research. Topics include the grants process, finding funding for research and teaching, classroom technology, introduction to grant writing, compliance issues, budgets, intellectual property, contracts, and fiscal responsibilities.

Workshop Overview:

I. Research & Grants Introduction

  • SIUE Teacher-Scholar Philosophy
  • Benefits of grants
  • How, when, and where to get started

II. Funding Opportunities & Electronic Research Administration (ERA)

  • Where and how to find funding opportunities
  • ERA systems that are important to know
  • Activity: COS Funding Opps Search

III. Ethical Compliance

  • Academic Misconduct in Research
  • Intellectual Property and required invention disclosure
  • Export Controls
  • Activity: Does this project require approval?

IV. Budgets - Pre and Post Award

  • Pre award support for budget development
  • Issues with cost share
  • Post award support and required certification
  • Activity: Let's Draft a Budget for a Project

V. Proposal Development

  • Five day submission policy
  • ORP services available
  • Routing form and internal approvals
  • Finding potential collaborators
  • Research Centers - STEM, IERC, IUR, NCERC
  • Re-submission of proposals
  • Available workshops 30 min

VI. The Proposal Review Process

  • Who are my reviewers?
  • What do they want?
  • Why should I care?
  • Activity: Short Mock Review with one-paragraph proposals

V. Open Forum

  • Panel Discussion with experienced SIUE faculty and staff who have received awards 60 min

Should you have questions please contact Christa Johnson at or x2171.