Research and Sponsored Programs

Research Foundations: Jumpstarting your Research Career at UToledo

The following list is intended to help you establish the basics of a successful research career at The University of Toledo. Not all steps will be required by each researcher, of course.

SPIN Funding Opportunity Database
Create your SPIN account at while on campus using your UToledo email address. It will be approved quickly, and you'll have access to more than 40,000 funding opportunities through a search interface that lets you name and save searches. Receive new matches to your saved searches through daily or weekly emails! 

Need assistance? Try Marcie Ferguson or Rick Francis.

URFO Seed Grants
Acquaint yourself with the URFO guidelines and then mark your calendar with deadlines and programs from this deadline list.

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Your persistent research ID, used in multiple places. Established one or update your existing one and ensure it is tied to your publications.

For help, contact Wade Lee-Smith or your subject are librarian ( 

Sponsor Accounts
Do you have the accounts you need with sponsors? NSF Fastlane, NIH ERA Commons and many other sponsor systems need an account for proposal submission. Your ORCID is useful and often required! For guidance, contact your assigned grants coordinator or Anne Izzi

CITI Training
UToledo uses CITI to provide and track many types of training, including human subjects research, financial conflicts of interest (COI) and responsible conduct of research (RCR)..

If you have a CITI account already established, please affiliate that account with "University of Toledo".  You can be affiliated with more than one institution. Then update your member information to include your Rocket ID number, including the R and your UToledo email address. If you do not have a CITI account, please establish one. It's FREE. A helpful tutorial is available. Click Here.

Need assistance? Contact Marcie Ferguson. She can help you with resetting a password, getting your user name and a variety of CITI questions.

For your human subjects training courses to be reflected when you submit a protocol to an IRB, you will need to contact someone in HRPP to update your CITI email address in IRB Manager, the software used for protocol development and review.

The NSF will require SciENcv biosketches in 2020, and NIH recommends using it. If you want to create your biosketch with SciENcv, be ready with your ORCID.

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Data Management Plan Tools
An increasing number of sponsors expect your grant proposal to address how you will provide access to datasets and more after your grant has ended. The University of Toledo recommends using DMPTools, for program-specific guidance in creating a data management plan. 

Need help finding a data repository to cite in your plan? You can get lots of help a, a searchable registry of research data repositories.

Last Updated: 8/26/20