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 Wanda McCarthy (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 Wanda McCarthy 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 list of MSU Faculty and Staff who have attended PI Training is available online. 

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 Wanda McCarthy to check out a DVD, or watch the video below. Following viewing, please send an email to Wanda to let her know you have completed the training.
  2. Take the CITI Program’s Conflict of Interest training. Refer to the Office of Research Compliance's CITI training web page

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

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity and involves the awareness and application of established norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. Montana State University expects that all research be conducted to the highest ethical standards by faculty, students, and staff. MSU’s RCR training covers the core areas that are seen as significant in conducting research, including research misconduct, plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, data editing, authorship on manuscripts, conflict of interest, mentor-mentee relationships, and more. MSU training opportunities encourage critical thinking and engagement in discussions about what it means to be an ethical researcher.

Training: NSF vs. NIH RCR Requirements

NSF RCR training requirements differ from NIH training requirements in that NSF requires that any student or postdoctoral researcher supported by NSF receive RCR training.  NIH requires all individuals receiving training grants to undergo RCR training.

NSF RCR Training Requirements

Per America COMPETES Act, all NSF-supported undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows engaged in research must complete RCR CITI Training. CITI RCR Training is a multi-faceted, standardized RCR program to meet sponsor requirements. Those required to complete NSF RCR may take CITI RCR Training to fulfill the requirement.

CITI RCR Training

* Note the CITI RCR does not meet the full NIH RCR requirements for researchers receiving NIH training awards – see NIH eligible training below.

NIH RCR Training Requirements

All those receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must complete RCR training.  This applied to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1 KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements. MSU offers the following curriculum that meets NIH RCR requirements:

  1. BIOB 424. Ethical Practice of Science (3 credits)