Research Matters

Research Matters Live

The Office of Research will offer a series of remote presentations by Research administrators and personnel to help UGA researchers navigate the challenges that face them during this unprecedented time. These short, targeted Zoom sessions are intended to answer your questions without burdening your day—each presentation will last 15-20 minutes, with additional time for Q&A.

Below is a schedule of upcoming Research Matters Live presentations. To participate, simply click on the registration link, and you’ll be asked to provide a UGA email address before being sent the Zoom meeting information.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to suggest a topic for future presentations.

All sessions will be archived for viewing at a later date.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions scheduled at this time. 

Archived sessions

Video archives will be available a few days after each session. 

“Resuming Human Subjects Research”

Friday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office

Description: If you are a principal investigator (PI) ready to resume in-person human research activities during the University’s return to campus Phases 1-3, attend this session for an overview of the IRB requirements. This session will help you use the new HRPP (Human Research Protection Program) Toolkit and develop procedures to reduce risk to participants and study team members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for this session: Log in to UGA’s Professional Education Portal with your UGA MyID and password. Search for the session title in the search bar at the upper right of your dashboard.

“IACUC Activities & Protocol Handling During COVID-19”

Tuesday, May 12, 1 p.m.

Presenter: Leanne Alworth, director, Office of Animal Care & Use

Event description: This session is intended for researchers who have active research animal protocols or plan to submit new protocols or amendments during the pandemic lockdown. The Office of Animal Care and Use and IACUC are operating mostly unchanged during the COVID-19 pandemic. OACU members are working full time, remotely, and the IACUC has been meeting via telecommunications to keep research support active. UGA has been following guidance from regulatory agencies, USDA and the Office of Laboratory Welfare, in order to maintain compliance. This session will provide the basic information researchers and instructors using animals need to know, and will include an opportunity for questions.

“Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Friday, May 1, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Fowler, director, Human Subjects Office

Description: This session will provide information on the key issues and strategies human researchers should be considering and implementing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UGA Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) strives to provide a high level of research project support as we find ourselves in strange, new circumstances. Significant time will be devoted to open discussion of such concerns as:

  • Ongoing research—what to keep open, what to halt and what to close
  • Handling regulatory and reporting responsibilities
  • IRB review priorities
  • Changing to remote data collection and interaction
  • Research related directly to COVID-19

“Research Animal Care during COVID-19”

Tuesday, April 28, 1 p.m.

Presenter: M.A. McCrackin, director, University Research Animal Resources (URAR)

Event description: During the lockdown, University Research Animal Resources (URAR) continues to care for research animals, and IACUC-approved service reduction and husbandry adjustment plans are functioning at an internal threat level of yellow. Learn about this, efforts at PPE elimination and reduction in facilities, and how to reach URAR front office, veterinary or facility help. If you plan to conduct COVID-19-related research, hear about how URAR veterinarians can assist with IACUC protocol development and partnering with ABSL3 containment staff.

“Industry Insight – How our Industrial Research Partners are Responding to COVID-related Challenges”

Friday, May 29, 11 a.m.

Description: Things clearly aren’t “business as usual” for UGA researchers – and our industrial research partners are also facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us as we talk with research leaders from two of UGA’s partner companies, Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health and Kimberly Clark, to learn about how their businesses are responding to disruptions caused by COVID-19. We’ll discuss the challenges they are facing and how their companies are adapting their business and research operations, including their interaction with University partners, to overcome these challenges. There will be time for audience Q&A as well.

Moderator: Crystal Leach, director, Office of Industry Collaborations


  • Dr. Frank Milward, head of Global Assay and Services Vaccine R&D, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Dr. Sridhar Ranganathan, research technical director, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

“What is UGA’s I-Corps Program?”

June 2, 1 p.m.

Description: UGA I Corps is an NSF-funded program that supports the creation, development, and nurturing of entrepreneurial teams interested in transitioning their ideas, technologies, devices, processes or other intellectual activities to the marketplace. Launched at UGA in 2017, the program has graduated nearly 75 teams to date, with the addition of at least one new cohort each semester. This session will explain the mentorship and guidance offered through I Corps, including how it can connect teams with potential funding resources and the continuing entrepreneurial pathway for I Corps teams once they graduate from the program.

Speaker: Ian Biggs, director of startups, Innovation Gateway

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“Intellectual Property & Commercialization Basics”

Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.

Moderator: Crystal Leach, director, Office of Industry Collaborations


  • Derek Eberhart, associate vice president for research, executive director of Innovation Gateway
  • Ian Biggs, director of startups, Innovation Gateway

Description: You have an idea or invention which might have commercial potential. Now what? Navigating the pathway to commercializing your product or idea can quickly feel overwhelming. This session is geared towards helping researchers better understand intellectual property, commercialization and the key processes that surround each of these important topics. The executive director of Innovation Gateway and the director of startups at UGA will be on hand to help you understand how UGA can support you in bringing your research discoveries to market.

“Research Award Administration during COVID-19”

Friday, June 19, 11 a.m.

Jill Tincher, executive director, Sponsored Projects Administration
Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award

Description: If you are the principal investigator (PI) or contact PI on a sponsored project, your project has probably been impacted by COVID-19. Your research may have been delayed due to non-essential research occurring remotely and/or you may have incurred unanticipated expenses. The federal government has acknowledged the impacts of COVID-19 and provided universities with flexibilities and guidance on how to administer awards and their technical reporting. These pertain to progress reports, no-cost extensions, cost extensions and supplements. Join us for this session to learn strategies to manage the impacts of COVID-19 and navigate technical reporting and award administration more effectively.

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“Payroll Certification Reports”

Friday, June 12, 11 a.m.

Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award
Melissa Mottley, associate director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award

Description: If you are the principal investigator (PI) or contact PI on a sponsored project, you are required to annually review and certify that all team members’ payroll charged to each sponsored project is reasonable for the work performed and allocable to the project. While this is a vast reduction in administrative burden from the previous monthly certifications made by each project team member, it can still feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with the payroll certification report. Join us for a Research Matters Live session to learn some tips and tricks to demystify this process and make payroll certification an easier and more efficient annual task.

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“Using the Project Status Report to Manage Your Projects”

Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.


  • Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award
  • Brad Langford, director, Sponsored Projects Post-Award

Event description: The Project Status Report is a powerful reporting tool designed to assist faculty in getting real-time expenditure and balance information on their sponsored projects. Join us for this session to learn how to quickly navigate and put the Project Status Report to work for you with helpful features like automated emails, direct cost balances, and detailed payroll data like names of people paid on your grants.

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“Navigating SciENcv and ORCID”

Friday, May 22, 11 a.m.


  • Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award
  • Tammi Childs, award team manager, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award

Event description: Starting June 1, 2020, all applications to NSF will require biosketches generated via the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv). In this session, we will walk you through the process of creating a SciENcv, talk about creating a unique digital identifier through Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID), and demonstrate online resources to help you navigate this new process.

“Looking Ahead: COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Present & Future”

Friday, May 15, 11 a.m.

Moderator: Larry Hornak, associate vice president for research—integrative team initiatives


  • Jonathan Arnold, professor, Dept. of Genetics, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
  • Marty Bink, director, Defense & Security Collaborations
  • Emily Carpinone, proposal enhancement officer, Office for Proposal Enhancement
  • Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award
  • Kristen Shockley, associate professor, Dept. of Psychology, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jill Tincher, executive director, Sponsored Projects Administration

Event description: The landscape for funding opportunities related to COVID-19 research is changing rapidly. This session will share the latest information available on such opportunities from UGA’s primary federal funding agencies, including agency priorities, strategies for proposal development, and UGA resources available to support proposals.

Register for this session (limit 100 attendees)

“Using the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium to Fund Your Research”

Tuesday, May 5, 1 p.m.


  • Marty Bink, director, Defense & Security Collaborations
  • Melissa Mottley, assistant director, Sponsored Projects Administration Pre-Award
  • Nick Hinson, contract manager, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award

Event description: The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is the primary funding mechanism for Department of Defense medical research. UGA recently joined MTEC in order to increase participation in all biomedical and medical technology research funding. This webinar will introduce how to use MTEC to find funding opportunities and to submit applications. Visit the MTEC website and see examples of solicitations.

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See MTEC Proposal Preparation Guide

“COVID-19 Research & Supplemental Federal Funding

Friday, April 17, 11-11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Larry Hornak, associate vice president for research—integrative team initiatives


  • Jill Tincher, executive director, Sponsored Projects Administration
  • Cathy Cuppett, director, Sponsored Projects Pre-Award
  • Jake Maas, director, Office for Proposal Enhancement

Event description: The quickest, easiest path to federal COVID-19 funding is via supplements that are already available to existing grantees, particularly by NIH. The supplements do not need to be related to existing projects; investigators simply need the capability to carry out proposed COVID-19 research. This presentation will be targeted toward current NIH-funded and/or COVID-19 researchers to raise their awareness of such supplemental funding opportunities. Office of Research administrators will share best available information and also collect feedback from faculty about priorities and needs regarding their COVID work. 

“Building Effective Interdisciplinary Teams”

Friday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.


Dorothy Carter, assistant professor, Dept. of Psychology

Larry Hornak, associate vice president for integrative team initiatives, Office of Research

Description: As the scale and complexity of research continues to grow, research is increasingly conducted by multi-disciplinary teams and larger groups rather than individual investigators. But interdisciplinary collaboration brings its own challenges that can impact a team’s progress in achieving its goals. How does a team-based approach to scholarship work? In this session, faculty will learn tips about establishing multi-disciplinary research teams, writing effective proposals for collaborative research, and managing a team’s activities once a project is under way.

Navigating UGA Elements

Tuesday, June 30, 1 p.m.

Robert Scott, director of special projects, Graduate School; professor, Dept. of Chemistry
Carly Surratt, UGA Elements and faculty business process coordinator, Office of the Provost

Description: In this session, you will learn how to use UGA Elements effectively to track your research outputs and accomplishments. We will discuss the kinds of data that Elements pre-populates from UGA or external sources, and we will show you how to add information about your professional activities. You will learn how to use the supporting resources designed to help you with this task. We will discuss the integration of UGA Elements with ORCID and show how to synchronize your publications in these two systems. Finally, we will talk about the uses of UGA Elements data for activity report and CV generation, for group reporting, and for feeding public profiles.