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Navigate: Lunch & Learn

Introduction to BusinessObjects
and eRPM Data Set

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Program
Where: Modern Languages Building (MLB), Room 2001A (PC Lab)
              812 E. Washington (Central Campus - near Burton Tower)

Register to attend in person by Friday, February 22, 2019.
This event will not be available by remote simulcast.

There is no cost to attend.

Navigate: Lunch & Learn

Target Audience

The Navigate: Lunch & Learn series is open to all research administrators involved in any pre- or post-award management activities for research projects. 

Upcoming Session 

Introduction to BusinessObjects and eRPM Data Set

This session is full. We plan to schedule another session covering this content sometime in the near future. The next session will be announced in a RAPid and on this website when it is scheduled. Thank you for your interest.  ​ 

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
     11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
     12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Program (this event will run 30 minutes longer)
Where: Modern Languages Building (MLB), Room 2001A (PC Lab)
              812 E. Washington (Central Campus - near Burton Tower)

Register to attend in person by Friday, February 22, 2019. Space is limited. You may be added to the waiting list. Pizza will be provided, please bring your own beverage. There is no cost to attend. This event is in-person only and will not be available through remote simulcast.

Join David Mulder, ORSP/Sponsored Programs Training Manager for a special instructor-led, hands-on Navigate: Lunch & Learn event that will introduce you to using BusinessObjects with proposal and award data in the eRPM data set. This is an introductory-level offering for those who have little or no experience with BusinessObjects.

Important Information:

  • Due to the limited number of computer workstations (Windows), prior registration is required. You may be added to the waiting list.
  • This event is in-person only and will not be available through remote simulcast.
  • This event will run 30 minutes longer than previous Navigate: Lunch & Learn programs:
    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Networking lunch
    • 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Hands-on training session. 

Participant Requirements:

  • Registered participants must have access to the eRPM Data Set (RS02) in the U-M Data Warehouse.
  • Participants may request this role by completing a request in the OARS access management system and selecting to add the role for eResearch Proposal Management - BO (DW) in the “Other” dropdown.

Past Sessions

Here are some examples of past Lunch & Learn topics:

Learn From My Mistakes: An Exploration of RA Horror Stories November 2018  

This special Halloween-themed Navigate Lunch & Learn event explored “chilling tales” contributed by research administrators from across the university about mishaps they encountered and lessons learned from these experiences.  

Mapping Your Career in the Research Administration (RA) Zone July 2018  Video Link

In this Lunch & Learn session, leaders from both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University shared their interesting pathways to their current positions in this amazing field. Watch the Mapping Your Career video for more information.

Partner or Perish: A Holistic Approach to Corporate Relations - June 2018 Video Link

In this Lunch & Learn session, Stella Wixom, Executive Director, U-M Business Engagement Center (BEC), shared information about what the BEC can do to support faculty who are interested in engaging with industry or pursuing commercialization. Additional BEC resource: Watch the BEC’s What We Can Do for Faculty video.

CRA Exam Experiences: A Panel Discussion - May 2018

In this Lunch & Learn session, Kristina Oberly (CSE Research Manager and CRA) moderated a panel where guests shared their experiences in preparing for the exam, tips and tricks for success, post-exam lessons learned and answered questions from the audience. To learn more about the session discussion, please view the CRA Exam Panel Discussion document.

Effort February 2018 Video Link

Faculty and staff are responsible for monitoring their activities to ensure that their effort is supported by fund sources appropriate to their activities, and for certifying their effort on an annual basis. But effort reporting and certification can be a confusing topic for faculty and research administrators alike. In this Lunch & Learn session, Heather Offhaus, Director of the Medical School Grants Review & Analysis Office, provided a basic overview of Effort and discussed its importance. 

Subawards, Hybrids, and Purchase Orders October 2017 Video Link

Dennis Poszywak, Procurement Subcontract Administrator of U-M, helped distinguish the differences among subawards, purchase orders, and hybrid purchase orders, and how they impact your proposals.

Financial Status Reports (FSRs) June 2017

Kristi Beckon, Senior Financial Manager, provided a basic overview of Financial Status Reports (FSRs) and discuss their importance, including a detailed review of the FSR worksheet snapshot and the required submission timeline.  



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