Training Opportunities

RAM Symposium

October 13th, 2022 @ 12PM – 4:40 PM MT Check out the RAM Symposium Community featurette!

Concurrent Session Descriptions. Recordings, and Handouts

Discovering the National Science Foundation: The NSF is one of CSUs main sources of sponsored research awards. Come listen to tips and tricks for both proposal submission and award management. Also, coming in January 2023 there are changes coming to the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) see how they will affect you.

NSF Recording       NSF Handout

We invite you to hear about cost share basics, tips in budgeting and managing and discuss real CSU cost share scenarios and how to handle them.

Cost Share Recording            Cost Share Handout

During this session we will talk about current trends in audit findings as well as items to be on the lookout for when reviewing your accounts. We will also walk through some CSU specific data and tools that you can use to help CSU minimize the audit risks.

Audit Hot Topics Recording           Audit Hot Topic Handout

This session will look at effort on sponsored projects and effort reporting and look further into best practices surrounding special cases of 1% minimum effort and 100% effort on sponsored projects.

Effort Recording       Effort Handout

Learn the difference between participant support costs and participation incentives, including definitions, budgeting, and post-award considerations.

Participant Support or Incentive Payment Recording
Participant Support Handout
Participant Support Self-Assessment tool

With just an hour to touch on the basics lets attach our harness to climb up the mountain of our know-how on preparing an NIH modular or detailed budget proposal and budget justification. Then as we explore new heights, and new forms coming, we can repel our way back to earth as we discuss the added value of knowing details about the attachments needed for these proposals.

NIH Recording 
NIH Handout

As the University seeks to grow its sponsored research enterprise, work with industry is growing and that increase is likely to accelerate. This session will help provide attendees with information on how work with for profit sponsors from the initial discussion stages through project closeout. The session will focus on (1) What budgets for for-profit sponsors must include (2) How PIs can assist the process in their discussions with their technical counterparts at the sponsoring company (3) Key differences between for-profit contracts and federal research grants.

Industry Recording          Working with Industry Handout

Take a guided tour through 3 of the top Sponsoring agencies issuing Fellowship awards – NSF, NIH, and NASA. Our road stops cover common traits and unique characteristics across various fellowship types.

Fellowship Recording        Fellowship Handout          Fellowship Activity

Overview of USDA branches, USDA-NIFA structure, major USDA NIFA funding programs, tips and tricks for applications and navigating the IDC cap.

USDA Recording         USDA Handout

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Should Attend? RAM Symposium is appropriate for sponsored project administrative staff and faculty investigators at CSU. The curriculum will focus on CSU-specific practices and systems.

Will there be an in-person component? All sessions will be offered both In-person and via MS Teams. Register in My Learning using links below for more information and MS Teams links.

Must I attend all the sessions? We understand that time is a premium at CSU. We encourage participants to attend all or most of the sessions, though there is no requirement. While sessions will be recorded and posted, attending in real-time allows for engagement not available when watching on-demand.

Is there a Cost to Attend? No, all RAM Symposium sessions are offered free of charge.

Is Registration Required? Registration is recommended for CSU employees, EID/NetID is required. Registration links and session descriptions are provided in the matrix below. Let us know if you have any questions at

RAM Symposium is brought to you by the OSP Training and Professional Development Committee: Shannon Irey, Kathryn O’Hayre, Tracey Trujillo, Liza Hunn, Lauren Lucio, Julie Harvey, and Maura Link. Special thanks to Ashley Stahle and Chris Carsten in OSP.