Research and Engagement offers a full range of services, workshops, and trainings to assist and support faculty and staff in the successful conduct of research.
Office of Project Management and Training
The Office of Project Management and Training (OPMT) coordinates strategic programs and provides project management to support campus research initiatives. OPMT also develops, coordinates, and delivers various training programs, primarily to support research administrators. OPMT works collaboratively with other VCRE units to assist with large-scale, cross disciplinary, and strategic proposals and awards.
- Research Administrator Training Series
- New research administration orientation and mentorships programs
- Coordinates other workshops and trainings for faculty with Unit Leaders and the Office of Research Development
- Early stage solicitation assessment: Identifying administrative, compliance, and other solicitation requirements
- Proposal Response Teams (PRT)
- Center start-up consultation and support
Research Development Workshops
The Office of Research Development (ORD) hosts workshops focused on tools that will help researchers secure external funding. ORD supports an evolving program of faculty research development workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer mentoring programs intended to support faculty in all fields and at all professorial levels in meeting their research goals. Faculty groups can request a workshop, seminar, or program to meet specific research needs. Faculty development workshops focus on four general areas: proposal development, internal grant competitions, agency relationship building, and investigator initiated workshops.
Compliance units host a regular series of trainings for both human and animal subjects research.
Human Subjects CITI Training
All UMass Amherst investigators working with human subjects must complete an online training program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The required training modules are divided in two categories, Group 1: Biomedical research Investigators and Key Personnel; and Group 2: Social Behavioral and Education Research Investigators and Key Personnel. For more information see CITI Education and Training.
Animal User Training
The UMass Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires that all personnel listed in an animal use protocol have basic IACUC training certification. Project specific training needs to be described in the protocol to be reviewed by the IACUC. For more information see Animal User Training. To sign up for training please contact Barbara Miller at 413-545-0668.
Export Control Training
The Research and Engagement executive area, through its Office of Research Compliance, has been charged by the Chancellor to recommend and implement a program of required training for identified groups from the campus community. Orientation and training in foundational aspects of export control is critical to ensuring UMass Amherst faculty, staff, and students are aware of and can seek assistance with transactions or circumstances that may be impacted by export control laws and regulations. Because the export regulatory schema impacts not only research activities, but also international travel, purchasing, shipping, receiving, and other aspects of daily university business, it is important that the campus community have a sufficient understanding to ensure compliance. Individuals who complete and maintain this required training, and follow the relevant University policies and procedures, can rely on the University’s protections against liability and its continued support for their activities. Learn more.