Services, Training and Resources

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 and can point researchers to the relevant online resources available. Upcoming events can be reviewed by topic area. Compliance units host a regular series of trainings for both human and animal subjects research. Research and Development hosts workshops focused on tools that will help researchers secure external funding. Grants and Contracts offers workshops on topics including budget development, proper proposal submissions, and training in how to effectively use e-systems. The Research Business Managers Network (RBMNet) offers trainings for administrators and provides faculty and staff with a variety of administrative assistance in support of research.

In collaboration with the Controller's Office, Research and Engagement staff also offer periodic training sessions encompassing a range of administrative best practices–from process improvements to cost sharing principles to effective proposal management. 

Research Business Managers Network Services

The Research Business Managers Network (RBMNet) provides faculty and staff with direct assistance in proposal development and research administration processes. Our emphasis is on supporting cross-disciplinary and large-scale or complex research programs. The RBMNet also supports a strong and active research community through effective outreach, training, and standardization of administrative services. 

 Learn more about RBMNet Services

Research Development Workshops

The Office Research Development (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 and competing for external funding. 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. Learn more.

Compliance Training 

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.