Training Digest: September 2017




NIH’s RPPR Update Webinar Available Soon for Continuing Education Credit

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently held a webinar about recent updates made to Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) and are making it available for public viewing on YouTube. Individuals interested in receiving one continuing education credit for viewing this webinar will be required to complete a brief quiz, which will be communicated by RCC once it is available. As a reminder, the quiz must be passed with a score of 80% or greater to receive continuing education credit. Further instructions will be included in the e-mail communication issued soon.

OSP Exchange:  Master Data

Please join the OSP Liaison Team for the next OSP Exchange featuring Master Data: A Deep Dive To Explore the Treasures

WHO: This OSP Exchange is specifically targeted to Departmental Grant Managers and their teams.

WHAT: Come diving with OSP to discover the treasures that R3 Mater Data has to offer you! We will take you on a deep dive into CJ03 revealing the wealth of master data/information here and how these details will assist you in the ongoing management of your sponsored projects. Understanding and utilizing this information will make your lives easier, revealing key specifics about each sponsored project. We look forward to seeing you at one of these two meetings, covering the same content and materials!


October 19th – Erwin Square, Room 837 (11:00 AM – Noon)

November 7th – Sociology and Psychology 130, Karl E. Zener Auditorium (11:00 AM – Noon)  (No food or beverages allowed)

LMS will be updated in the near future – so don’t forget to register.  Space is limited!  

Questions: Contact Zarrin Brooks at zarrin.brooks at

REMINDER: Evaluations Required as of July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 (the start of the new fiscal year), evaluations must be completed to receive continuing education credit for attending a training/class.  After attending a class or training, please check the LMS for any training/class requirements, such as a quiz and/or evaluation, to make sure you complete what is required for earning continuing education credit.  The Learning Assignments tab for the training/class will include links to the quiz, evaluation, and any other items you need to complete.  Each will state if it is “Required” or “Optional.” 

REMINDER:  Continuing Education Credit Changes as of July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 (Fiscal Year 2018), RCC continuing education credits will be measured on an hourly basis to equal the number of hours in length of the class/training.  With this change, certified individuals will be required to complete 15 hours of continuing education each fiscal year to maintain certifications.  For example, a 3-hour class will provide 3 continuing education credits upon successful completion of the evaluation and/or quiz.  Further continuing education information will be made available in the coming weeks.

National Contract Management Association Training Opportunity

You are invited to attend upcoming meetings of the RTP Chapter, National Contract Management Association, being held at Erwin Square, 2200 West Main Street, in the 8th floor Training Room, Rm 837.

NCMA was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 20,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums.

Upcoming meeting dates on the Duke campus are:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Thursday, June 7, 2018

Each meeting opens at5:30 pm with Registration; Networking 5:30 to 6:00 pm; the Business meeting starts at 6:00 pm; the Speaker Presentation starts at 6:15 pm; and we adjourn by 7:30 pm.  Snacks are provided.

The cost to attend each meeting is $10 for members; $15 for non-members; $5 for Full-Time Students. Duke staff members who attend NCMA chapter meetings will earn 1 hour of continuing education credit per meeting. 

The September meeting speaker is Michael Feelander.  Michael will be presenting on “New Tools and Trends in Electronic Contract Management”.  Michael is the Contracts Officer at Bennett Aerospace, Inc., managing contracts, negotiations, subcontracts and compliance for Bennett’s various contractual agreements and proposals.

RVSP no later than 9/12 for the 9/14 meeting.

Further information is contained in the RTP BizNews newsletter (pdf).