Training - On & Off Campus

Principal Investigator (PI) Training

  • The Principal Investigator training is designed to ensure that all investigators have the information needed to conduct their research in compliance with both federal and state regulations.
  • MSU PI Training is mandatory (one-time only) for researchers and we encourage anyone, including students, working with sponsored funding to attend.

Training Options

In-person — Contact Skyeler (Skye) Huntsman (406-994-2381) for questions and to be added to the invite list for the next session.
Online — In the interim, WebEx recordings of the three 2020 sessions are available.

OSP Pre-Award/Proposal Services
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
10:43 am  |  Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06:00)

Play recording (1 hr 12 mins)

Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

OSP Post-Award and Grant Management
Thursday, October 15, 2020
12:22 pm  |  Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Play recording (1 hr)
Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

Navigating the Compliance Landscape: Introduction to Helpful University Resources
Friday, October 16, 2020
10:29 pm  |  Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Play recording (1 hr 27 mins)
Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

After completing the WebEx training, send an email to Skye Huntsman to confirm. She will add your name to the list of people who have completed the training. (See the next item for the list.)

A master list of all MSU Faculty and Staff who have attended PI Training is available here (PDF format, will open in a new window)

Handouts from Fall 2020 PI Training Sessions

The following handouts are available in PDF format. Click on a title to access the file.

Agenda (PDF)

OSP Acronyms (PDF)

NSF Sample Budget (PDF)

NSF Budget Tips (PDF)

OPAS Request Form (PDF)

OSP Budget Justification Instructions (PDF)

Subaward FAQs (PDF)


You may require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDFs on this page.

Advanced Training for Research Investigators, Project Directors, Project Staff and Students

The Office of Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer Office and Legal Counsel held a required additional training session for all personnel involved in the design, conduct or reporting of sponsored research activities.  Some new developments now require training and certifications that you need to learn about.  Specifically for NIH funding recipients, attendance is mandatory to ensure that spending can continue past 8/24/12. This training was held in April 2012.

Three major topics were covered:

If you missed the training held in April 2012 you may do one of the following:

  1. Contact Skye Huntsman to check out a DVD, or watch the video below. Following viewing, please send an email to Skye to let her know you have completed the training.
  2. Take the CITI Program’s Conflict of Interest mini-course -  Note: When registering, be sure to affiliate yourself with MSU.

REMINDER: After taking the training, all research active employees must provide for their assignment of technologies. To execute this form, go to the MSU 
My Info screen, select Enter Secure Area, and after logging in, go to My Apps, and select theIntellectual Property Agreement

If you have questions please contact Leslie Schmidt in the Office of Sponsored Programs (994-2381). 

For training on Cost Share, the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form, Time and Effort,  Travel and many more topics, contact OSP to schedule.

Grant Report – training video on the Inception to Date Report  View

Responsible Conduct of Research

New - Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar (for students and postdocs performing research funded by the National Science Foundation AND training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health) will be held again in Fall 2013. EmailCarmen Fike to get on a notification list.

Alternative RCR Training

The video can also be viewed below. August 10, 2010 presentation materials: Training PPT and CITI Cheat Sheet

After viewing the video, please send an email to Kelly Beiswanger to let her know you have completed the training. 

These CITI courses are available to MSU:

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Biosafety/Biosecurity
  • Engineering
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Cultural Competence in Research (included in Human Subjects, Biomedical and Social and Behavioral courses)
  • Plagiarism
  • IACUC Community Member
  • IRB Chair
  • Working with Fish in Research Settings

    Note: When registering with CITI, be sure to affiliate yourself with MSU.