VERA offers training resources for faculty

Sponsored Programs Administration, within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, continues to support the Vanderbilt research community’s transition to the Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration system through the VERA training pageFAQs page, the dissemination of training materials and regularly scheduled training sessions.

The following training guides and videos provide faculty with a quick introduction to using VERA, and the training sessions offer many opportunities for faculty to receive support from SPA staff. While there are faculty-specific training sessions, anyone who needs help with VERA is welcome to join the sessions listed below.

Additionally, the SPA training listserv is the quickest and easiest way to stay current on the latest support offered by SPA. If you would like to be added to the SPA training listserv to receive regular updates on events, please contact Laurel Duncan Biqiku, training and policy manager for SPA, at or by phone at 615-322-0344.

Faculty guides  

SPA training sessions

VERA faculty training sessions: These faculty-specific trainings are held on a weekly basis during the times listed below, and faculty may register for them in Oracle Learning.

VERA basic training sessions: These trainings will reintroduce the basics of VERA to anyone new to the system or who needs a refresher. The three-part sessions start by covering the basics in session one to then providing more advanced details about VERA and the session topics in part three. Please register in Oracle Learning.

Basic Funding Proposals

Basic Awards

Basic Agreements

VERA office hours

Scheduled every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., these informal office hours allow VERA users to ask questions and receive assistance with VERA.

SPA office hours

Scheduled on the third Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m., these informal office hours allow the research administrator community to receive broad support from Sponsored Programs Administration.

Research Finance, SPA and grants manager meetings

Scheduled on a monthly basis from 10 to 11 a.m. on the dates listed below, these meetings allow research administrators to meet with both the Sponsored Programs and Research Finance offices to discuss a variety of aspects related to research administration on campus. Meetings include trainings and discussions on the latest topics relevant to the research community.