Research Education

Research Education Programs and Training

Regular Programs

Research Education Programming

Research Education provides training on a variety of topics related to the research enterprise at UTMB. Click on the program title to see more about the program. Watch Daily Announcements and other campus communications for schedule announcements, or check out the class calendar

Those involved in research administration should consider earning the designation Certified Research Adminsitrator. The certification indicates you have met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council, and demonstrated the necessary knowledge to be considered a professional sponsored programs administrator.

We have created an online course that can serve as a study guide for the test. It is based on the knowledge from those who have earned their certification. It is not all encompassing and should serve to supplement any self-study you do in preparation for the exam. 

View the online course. When prompted, select OPEN for the course to load.

Download the interactive course.

12-1 p.m.
Third Tuesdays
Research Building 6, 2.312 (unless otherwise noted)

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Research Services sponsors Clinical Coordinator Meetings for the purpose of developing the professional skills of UTMB clinical research coordinators, and to promote networking within our research community. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information on Clinical Coordinator Meetings, call (409) 772-1618.

The DBR 101 class will train users on Payroll Basics, the DBR process, DBR reports, and DBR Best Practices. The Direct Retro class will train users on how to identify when to use a direct retro, as well as best practices.  These classes are mandatory for anyone that submits DBRs and/or Direct Retros.

Noon to 1 p.m.
 2nd Tuesday
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Research Services and the Institute for Translational Science, funded in part by NIH grant UL1RR029876, are pleased to co-sponsor a Grants-for-Lunch program for the purpose of developing the grantsmanship skills of UTMB faculty and fellows, and to promote networking within our research community. Please bring your lunch and join us. Informal, interactive discussions cover grant writing and research program management with a primary focus on NIH funding. These sessions are led by experienced research faculty and research administrators, who make a short presentation on the given topic, then open the session for questions and answers. All faculty and fellows are encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information on Grants for Lunch, call (409) 266-9441.

See past presentations

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2nd Thursdays
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Grants Management Roundtable is designed to assist with grants administration questions and changes and to promote networking within the UTMB research community. Roundtables will feature participation from all aspects of sponsored programs, with the sessions designed to highlight best practices in sponsored program administration throughout the lifecycle of the grant.  The roundtable will feature speakers from central research offices, departmental research administrators as well as other individuals involved in research administration. Administrators and grant coordinators are encouraged to attend and participate.

To ensure this series meets your needs, please let us know what information you hope to take away from the program and/or any questions you might have. You may email your questions or suggested topics of discussion to or to submit questions anonymously, send them to Research Education, Route 0156.

For more information on Grants Management Roundtable, call (409) 266-9441.


    A customizable 2-3 hour classroom presentation delivered to your group. We highlight key policies for conducting human subject research at UTMB, including training on Conflict of Interest, Informed Consent, Working with the IRB, and the Velos and InfoEd systems. This training is Ideal for groups of new residents, medical students or junior faculty. We deliver to you on your schedule. Contact Research Education to schedule.

Navigating the IRB is a 3-part introduction to working with the IRB at UTMB. It is designed for investigators and study staff alike and includes information about the role of the IRB, designing and submitting protocols for IRB review and the proper method for obtaining informed consent. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate, and will receive credit for basic Velos training.

Session 1: Overview of the Institutional Review Board

Define an IRB and discuss its role at UTMB Identify the regulatory agencies and regulations that govern IRBs
List key best practices when working with protocols subject to IRB review

Session 2: Getting Started - Initial Submissions and Ongoing Research Review

Be able to explain the steps necessary to file an initial submission to the IRB
Know the various steps and procedures involved in a protocol review
Understand when events need to be reported to the IRB

Session 3: Obtaining Informed Consent

Explain the informed consent process Identify the required elements of a consent form

Research Systems Training

Research Education Programming

Research Education offers training for multiple systems used on campus for successful sponsored program management and administration.

Effort Reporting and ECRT Training is mandatory before access to the ECRT system is granted.

Primary and supporting individuals, those who receive salary from a sponsored project, must complete Effort Reporting for Investigators. It is scheduled for 1 hour and is offered quarterly in the classroom or online.

Effort Coordinators, those individuals in a department responsible for the administration of time and effort and typically grants programs, must attend a 1-time session that is only offered in the classroom.

For more information on classroom training, call (409) 266-9432.
  • Velos is a web-based clinical trials management system, and is the initial entry point for ALL submissions to the IRB.
  • All new protocol submissions to the UTMB IRB, regardless of whether they are clinical trials or not, must be initiated through Velos before submission via InfoEd. Training will introduce the user to Velos, and demonstrate the steps necessary to begin a study in the Velos eResearch system. Training in Velos is mandatory before access can be granted for the system. If you intend to submit a new protocol to the IRB, you must complete Velos training session and learn the new process and how to navigate within Velos eResearch.
  • Training is online or in a classroom setting. Visit the Training Calendar to register for a class, or self-enroll in the online version in the online learning system UTMB Learn. If you have trouble, please contact Research Education to have this training assigned to you for completion online at your convenience.
Training Materials
Video Tutorials

Training on Demand

Research Education is available to provide custom training for your group. If there is programming you need, or you have a large group of people who need the similar training, please contact us to arrange a program to suit your needs.