Carnegie Mellon University

R.A.I.S.E. Individual Sessions

The R.A.I.S.E. program offers stand-alone training sessions offered to any interested Carnegie Mellon employee. Session topics vary and are intended to provide information on current ‘hot topics’ with federal sponsors, specific agency requirements, institutional processes, or organizational best practices. Each session is led by experienced professionals internal to Carnegie Mellon. 

Please review the session schedule below for information on Individual Sessions. Detailed information will be shared with registered attendees regarding modifications to presentations (e.g., using Zoom web conferencing) in lieu of in-person sessions until further notice.

Fall 2019 Individual Sessions

Non-Federal Education Agreement Process

Sept. 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenter

Beth Callaway, Director, Sponsored Projects Accounting

Description

This session will focus on how to process an Education Agreement once it has been fully executed. We are moving education agreements from grants accounting to the general ledger in order to comply with Standard ASC 606 Revenue Recognition accounting standard. Sponsored Projects Accounting will no longer be in the set-up/close-out process. This session will complete a walk-through of the new process.

Registration

Required via FocusU

Data Security and Risk Management

Oct. 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenters

  • Laura Raderman, Policy & Compliance Coordinator, Information Security Office
  • Francisco Molina, Director of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Services, Enterprise Risk Management

Description

Request for Proposals (RFPs) and awards increasingly come with strings attached. This session will provide an overview of risk management principles and explore their application to the evolving landscape of data security and research data management, along with the roles, responsibilities, and university resources available for meeting sponsor requirements throughout the project/proposal life cycle.

Registration

Required via FocusU

Educational Project Agreements

Oct. 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenters

  • Jennifer Lepadatu, Contracts Office, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Mike Romac, Contracts Office, Office of Sponsored Programs

Description

Experiential learning is a key component to many educational programs at CMU. In CMU’s sponsored educational or capstone projects, students apply classroom knowledge to projects sponsored by outside organizations. These organizations can be corporations, non-profits, or even individuals. In order for the organization to sponsor these projects the organization should sign CMU’s educational project agreement. This session will provide a broad overview of considerations related to CMU’s educational project agreements. Topics will include program requirements and risks, common issues working with corporate sponsors, student rights and responsibilities, and other related requirements - including those for an independent study. There will also be a discussion of how the projects can build CMU’s relationship with the sponsor and the intangible benefits that the sponsors receive.

Registration

Required via FocusU

Effort Certification Best Practices

Nov. 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenters

  • Cheryl Wehrer, Associate Director for Finance and Administration, The Robotics Institute
  • Rebecca Klaas, Manager, Finance and Special Projects, The Robotics Institute

Description

This session will delve into the processes that the Robotics Institute has implemented to manage effort certification requirements for faculty and staff. The discussion will include decisions made, lessons learned and the ways in which compliance is achieved and maintained with regards to effort.

Registration

Required via FocusU

Research Compliance Basics: Export Controls and Conflict of Interest

Nov. 26, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenters

  • Stacey Becker, Program Manager, Conflict of Interest, Office of Research and Integrity
  • Jeff Black, Export Compliance Manager, Office of Research and Integrity

Description

This session will introduce you to some of the most important topics and resources for these two important areas of research compliance. The Export Basics training will provide a brief overview and focus on topics relevant to the university research community such as: international research, hosting foreign visitors, shipping items to another country, fundamental research exclusion, international proposals and agreements reviews, and provide real life examples of when to contact Export Compliance for assistance. The Conflict of Interest discussion will focus on case studies, federal regulations, and CMU policies related to disclosure and management of personal, financial, and organizational conflicts of interest.

Registration

Required via FocusU

Minimizing the Need, Monitoring the Process and Managing the Risk

Jan. 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

Presenters

  • Kristi Bazata, Director, Research Policy & Indirect Cost, Columbia University 
  • Diana Weber, Assistant Director, Post-Award, University of Kansas Medical Center

Description

This is an NCURA Webinar, originally aired on September 25, 2019. Cost transfers have come under high scrutiny in recent audits. While the simplest suggestion is to prevent them altogether, in many cases they are unavoidable. This webinar will explore the federal requirements surrounding cost transfers and examine how two different institutions have implemented policies to monitor compliance and mitigate the risk associated with these types of transactions. We will discuss ways to ensure all cost transfers are appropriate, timely, and most importantly, sufficiently documented.  

Registration

Required via FocusU