Closeup of a web browser address bar with http://www visible in the address bar. An arrow points to the address in the address bar.

Find the information you need on the OARS website

Computer keyboard with an FAQ key in place of a return/enter key.

This post is a combination of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a tour of the OARS website. The purpose is to show you where to find the information you need to learn about funding opportunities, prepare proposals, and build your grantsmanship skills.

Who do I contact if I need to talk to an actual person?

We’re starting with this question because while we want you to be able to use our website to find the information you need, but we don’t want you to spend an inordinate time trying to chase something down. Especially if someone in our office can answer your question off the top of their head!

Your first point of contact will probably be your OARS consultant — either Anne Schauer or Tricia Callahan. They can either answer your question directly, or get you connected to someone else in our office who can.

Anne and Tricia divide their workload by department and center/institute. To find out who works with your department or center/institute, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Proposal Preparation Resources link in the lefthand navigation on the OARS homepage (

    Screenshot of OARS homepage, with Proposal Preparation Resources link in lefthand navigation circled.

  • Scroll down the list of departments and centers/institutes in the righthand column and click the + next to the one you’re affiliated. The item will expand to display the consultant assigned to that department or center/institute.

    Screenshot of Proposal Preparation Resources webpage, with + sign next to Architecture & Interior Design circled and the name of the OARS consultant for that department circled.


Feel free to contact Anne or Tricia at any time. Anne can be reached at 513-529-3735 or Tricia can be reached at 513-529-1795 or Both are located in 102 Roudebush Hall.

How do I find out about OARS events?

OARS offers a range of professional development opportunities, including:

  • eSPA and SPIN training
  • General grantsmanship presentations and workshops
  • Presentations and workshops focused on a particular agency or program
  • Networking events
  • Researcher appreciation events

The full calendar of OARS events is available in just two clicks from the OARS homepage:

  • Scroll down until you can see the “News and events” widget in the lefthand column.

    Screenshot of OARS homepage with News and events widget circled.

  • Click on the + next to “Calendar of events and deadlines” to expand that option, then click on the word here in the text.

    Screenshot of News and events widget, with + next to Calendar of events and deadlines circled and the word here in the expanded text circled.

  • Use the arrows at the top of the calendar to scroll between months in the calendar.

    Screenshot of OARS Calendar of Events, with month navigation arrows circled.

In addition to OARS events, the calendar also includes research-oriented events sponsored by other Miami departments or by outside parties. Finally, the calendar also includes application and submission deadlines for internal and external competitions and submission opportunities.

How do I get started if I am a new researcher or an experienced researcher who is new to Miami?

Click on Getting Started in the lefthand navigation on the OARS homepage.

Screenshot of OARS homepage with Getting Started option in the lefthand navigation circled.

From there, you can click on the arrows to expand information about each step in the process of seeking external funding.

Screenshot of Getting Started webpage with arrows next to each external funding step circled.

Where can I find information about funding opportunities?

Click on Finding Funding in the lefthand navigation of the OARS homepage.

Screenshot of OARS homepage, with Finding Funding circled in the lefthand navigation.

You will then see additional links to resources for finding funding to support your research or other project.

Screenshot of Finding Funding webpage

Where do I find Miami’s DUNS, EIN, and other institutional information that needs to be included in my application?

Follow these steps:

  • Click on the Proposal Preparation Resources link in the lefthand navigation on the OARS homepage (

    Screenshot of OARS homepage, with Proposal Preparation Resources link in lefthand navigation circled.

  • Click on the budget resources link in the center of the page.

    Screenshot of Proposal Preparation Resources webpage, with Budget resources link circled.

  • Click on the arrows to expand the various categories of information.

    Screenshot of Budget Resources page, with + signs next to categories of information circled.

How do I get approval of a proposal from my chair and dean and from OARS?

Miami University began uses an electronic sponsored programs administration (eSPA) system to help manage research administration and electronic submission of proposals. Specifically, Miami has implemented two programs within the Evisions Research Suite: Cayuse 424, which is a Federal proposal development and system-to-system platform, and Cayuse SP, which reduces the need for paperwork and transforms proposal routing into an electronic process.

You can access Miami’s eSPA system by clicking on the Quick Link on the Miami homepage.

Screenshot of OARS homepage, with eSPA-Cayuse Research Suite link in Quick Links widget circled.

If you need help with eSPA, contact your OARS consultant.

Internet photo by Rock1997 via Wikimedia Commons .FAQ photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license.

Office of Research for Undergraduate Director Joe Johnson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Martha Weber, and two other personnel stand in front of a banner that reads "Miami Undergraduate Research Forum."

Video describes research presented at Miami University’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum

This video offers an overview of the role students have played in the research of Miami University biology professor Katia Del Rio-Tsonis. This research was presented at Miami’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum, which was held April 27.

Video by Miami University College of Arts & Science, with thanks to Jason Barone, College Director of Communications. Photo of Office of Research for Undergraduates staff by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

Two students work in a chemistry lab.

Office of Research Compliance offers RCR training

Two students in lab gear listen as their professor explains something in about equipment in a chemistry lab.

The Office of Research Compliance will offer two Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) trainings this spring — one for faculty, graduate students, staff, post-docs, and other personnel, and another for undergraduates.

NSF, NIH, and the contractual obligation of researchers

Principal Investigators granted research funds from an agency requiring RCR training are required to have completed the training within 180 days of notification of this requirement.
Graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other research personnel who are supported or whose research activities are supported by funding agencies requiring RCR training must complete the training.

The principal means of formal training is a series of interactive sessions, each focusing on a particular topic of RCR. The Office of Research Integrity is the central resource for the nine topic areas identified as important to research activities:

1. Research Misconduct
2. Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership & Collaboration
3. Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
4. Human Subjects & Animal Welfare
5. Conflict of Interest and Commitment
6. Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship & Peer Review

The nine core areas are addressed through outside-of-class short case study readings, video vignettes, speaker presentations, and small group discussions.

RCR training for  faculty, graduate students, staff, post-docs, and other personnel

Participants must attend all four sessions in the RCR training series to receive training credit. Each lasts about 50 minutes and is limited to 30 people. Topics for the sessions include:

  • Introduction to research misconduct
  • Data management and collaboration
  • Mentor-mentee relationships
  • Ethical conduct
  • Research with animals and humans
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Time management
  • Publication practices.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3
Time: 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Location: 134 King Library (AIS classroom)

RCR training for undergraduates

For undergraduates involved with NSF/NIH research who will have limited ability to effect the research results, we will conduct a single evening session lasting about 50 minutes. This session will cover the topics relevant to typical undergraduate involvement with research (e.g., data collection and integrity). Substitution of this 50 minute session for the full series for undergraduates is at the discretion of the PI/faculty advisor.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm
Location: 134 King Library (AIS classroom)

Registration for all RCR training

Please visit the Research Compliance website to register for either training.

Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.


Papers are laid out across a table. A pen sits on one stack of paper. The paper in the center of the frame has handwritten annotations and highlighting. A Macbook is visible in the background.

OARS & ORU offer training and other events this fall

35 different colored squares are arranged in a calendar grid. 31 of the squares are labeled with the numbers 1 through 31, representing days of the month.

This fall, OARS and the Office of Research for Undergraduate (ORU) are pleased to offer training and other events designed to contribute to the success of Miami’s researchers, scholars, and creative artists. Details are available below.

eSPA training

All Miami faculty – regardless of discipline or target agency – who submit proposals for external funding must now use eSPA for internal proposal routing and approval.

We strongly encourage any researcher/scholar who has not already attended eSPA training to participate in one of the following sessions (click on the date to register):

  • Wednesday, September 16, 10:00-11:30am in the B.E.S.T. Library instructional space (116 Laws Hall)
  • Thursday, September 24, 3:00-4:30pm in the B.E.S.T. Library instructional space (116 Laws Hall)

Each 90-minute training session provides an overview of the online system and walks through the steps involved in creating a proposal record, building a proposal, routing a proposal for approvals, and monitoring proposal and award activity.

SPIN training

As of August 1, 2015, InfoEd’s SPIN Global Suite replaces ProQuest’s Pivot as Miami’s source of information about funding opportunities.

OARS will offer two workshops in September designed to introduce researchers and scholars to SPIN and to help them learn to navigate this system. Click on one of the following dates to register.

  • Wednesday, September 9, 3:00-4:00pm in the B.E.S.T. Library instructional space (116 Laws Hall)
  • Tuesday, September 15, 9:00-10:00am in the B.E.S.T. Library instructional space (116 Laws Hall)

ORU open house

On Wednesday, September 2, from 10:30am to 2:00pm, the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) will hold an open house in its Advanced Instructional Space (AIS) on the first floor of King Library. The open house provides both students and faculty an opportunity to learn more about ORU programming and funding opportunities. Students representing various programs and awards will be on hand to answer any questions and provide their perspective. For those who want to get involved in research but may be unsure how to get started, this is the perfect place to be! No registration is required.


NSF IBSS networking

To encourage the formation of interdisciplinary teams to submit proposals to the NSF’s Interdisciplinary Behavioral & Social Science (IBSS) program, OARS will host a networking event from noon to 1:00pm on Monday, September 14 in 104 Roudebush Hall. To attend this event, please register by Thursday, September 10.

Proposal writing workshop

This 6-week, hands-on workshop assists participants in developing a proposal for submission to an external funding agency.  The workshop is designed to:

  • Help participants identify external funding sources
  • Assist step-by-step with proposal development
  • Integrate peer review in the proposal development process
  • Familiarize participants with internal resources for funding, statistics, evaluation, and compliance
  • Introduce participants to institutional grant-writing and research-related resources
  • Educate participants on procedures and policies for institutional routing and submission of grant proposals to external sponsors

This workshop is appropriate for full-time faculty and staff who:

  • Are new to external funding
  • Value peer review
  • Desire set-aside time for proposal writing, development, and peer feedback
  • Have project goals and objectives already in mind

New participants who complete the workshop and submit a proposal for external funding within a year after the 6-week workshop are eligible to receive $500 in operating costs to support their research, educational, and creative endeavors.  Please note that only full-time, permanent employees are eligible for the $500 incentive.

Workshop participants should be able to meet weekly on the Oxford campus for a 1.5 hour working session (dates & times to be determined by participants’ schedules).  Attendance is necessary to ensure a successful experience for all participants. Therefore, those who miss more than one session will not be eligible for the $500 in incentive funds.

If you are interested and can make the time commitment, please complete this availability survey so that OARS may select a time to accommodate a majority of schedules.

Calendar image by Philip via Flickr. Research proposal notes image by Catherine Cronin via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license.

Picture of King Library at Miami University during Fall Semester. Picture of trees with fall leaves in the foreground.

Research compliance office announces training location, issues reminder

A smiling, bearded man wearing a black bowler hat, an old-fashioned looking purple suit and a grey cravat shouts into a battered cardboard megaphone while pointing out of the frame with his right hand.


IRB trainings to be held in new ORU classroom

As the beginning of a new academic year begins, so does a new series of IRB application trainings. Starting Fall 2014, IRB application trainings will be offered in the new Office for Research for Undergraduates (ORU) classroom in Suite 122 King Library. Registration information for Fall 2014 semester is now posted on the Research Compliance website.  Faculty who teach research methods courses and would like a consultation and/or classroom instruction for the IRB process and overview should contact the Research Compliance Office.

CITI accounts must be updated to include email addresses

Faculty, staff, and students with active CITI accounts who were with the university prior to July 2013 should update their accounts to use the new domain. Your Miami University email account ought to be the primary email address affiliated with CITI. It is important that you receive timely reminders from CITI regarding your completion reports and expiration dates. For CITI completion dates please use the online search utility.

Featured image (left) by Miami University Photo Services.  Photo above by J. Scott via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.