Research Users Group

About the Researcher Users Group (RUG)

"IT for Researchers" user group was formed in March 2009. The purpose of this group is to share information, resources and training focusing on a variety topics that will help address technical skills related to research. There will be two tiers of skills, one for graduate students/researchers/faculty doing the research, and another for grant administrators/support staff. Click here to register or email to register.

Upcoming Sessions

  • ADIS - Academic Department Information System on - contact Lori Clapper ( for assistance)
  • April 30 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. 1004 DRC1 –  “Preparation of Competitive Grant Proposals: Preliminary Steps,” presented by Melody Montgomery, Editorial Grants Specialist, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This session discusses grant development stages, including preparation and planning, gathering preliminary data, determining statistical considerations, and writing the proposal itself. Also, to align your proposed study with the proper funding agency’s mission, we will identify funding sources and look at funding trends. Overall, this session aims to provide you with tools and time-management techniques to assist you in developing your proposal, strengthen your study’s potential impact, and ultimately increase the fundability of your study. Grants Editorial Specialist Melody Montgomery will help you navigate and select the proper grant mechanism for your study, narrow down your hypothesis, and provide you with a strategy for writing a competitive proposal, start to finish.


  • May 14 from 10-11 a.m. in 2020 Bennett Hall – MyNCBI: NIH Grants' Annual Progress Reports: Meeting publication compliance – Robin Taylor, Project Coordinator, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience will demonstrate how to use My NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information when reporting publications in NIH grants' annual progress reports. She will demonstrate accessing the My NCBI system, pulling publications from PubMed, adding awards, delegating support staff to manage accounts, and formatting a PDF file to comply with the NIH mandate on using My NCBI for progress reports.
  • June 18  from 2-3 p.m. in 1004 DRC1 - IRB Updates– Sue Logsdon, IRB/IBC/ESCRO Administrator, Office of Regulatory Affairs.
  • August or September – Grant Writing: Responding to Critiques presented by Melody Montgomery, Editorial Grants Specialist, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • November 12 from 2-3 p.m., 1004 DRC (tentative) – Institutional Repository from McGoogan Library presented by Alissa Fial, Assistant Professor, Library of Medicine
  • Other possible topics – BioBank, SPA updates, Grants contracting, Redcap
  • Information Technology Services education link

If you have additional suggestions for topics, please contact one of the RUG Planning Committee Members.