Call for Webinar Proposals

Do you have an idea for a webinar that would be appropriate for the PRIM&R audience? Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area? If so, we invite you to contribute to our third annual Call for Webinar Proposals.

PRIM&R offers approximately 12 webinars each year on a range of topics in the human subjects protections and animal care and use fields. We invite you to help us develop webinars that will take place next year. Whether you are a veteran presenter for PRIM&R, a past webinar attendee, or new to PRIM&R or the field, if your work is connected to research ethics, we want to
hear from you!

The information provided below is intended to serve as a guide to our Call for Webinar Proposals. If you have any additional questions about the submission process, please contact Nora Murphy, online learning coordinator, via email or phone (617.303.1876).

To review the information you’ll be asked to provide in your proposal, please download this document.

To submit your proposal, please use the online form.


We are soliciting proposals on intermediate- and advanced-level topics of interest to individuals working in the fields of human subjects protections and animal care and use—specifically, those working with human research protection programs (HRPPs) and institutional review boards (IRBs) as well as animal care and use programs and institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs).

You can view descriptions of past webinars on our website:

Learning Level

We are looking for webinar proposals at intermediate and advanced levels, as defined below. Please indicate the level of your proposed program on the submission form.

Intermediate Advanced

The program assumes working knowledge of the topic, of basic concepts and principles, or of the regulations. Intermediate-level webinars are geared toward those looking to expand their knowledge and skill set beyond fundamentals to more complex or nuanced aspects of the topic. Webinars will typically combine speaker presentations with interactive discussion.

Attendees are expected to have sufficient experience and understanding in order to actively contribute to a discussion of complex or difficult problems. The program will not review basic concepts, but instead:

  • Assume mastery of central ethical concepts and principles, of the regulations, and of the processes of applying them to the day-to-day work of protocol review or other research oversight activities. Time should not be devoted to reviewing basic principles or regulations, unless it is central to setting up a more in-depth, advanced conversation about a topic.
  • Aims to provide attendees with in-depth knowledge of a topic and a robust set of tools for addressing difficult problems and navigating “gray areas.” Advanced webinars will provide information and resources for participants to improve their HRPPs or animal care and use programs, shape or improve their institutional cultures, or advance their careers.
  • Incorporates active learning methodologies suitable for adult learners.


Most of our webinars have a running time of 90 minutes, involve two speakers who represent perspectives of different institutions and/or backgrounds, and cover complementary aspects of a given topic. On occasion we also host webinars that are 60 minutes long and feature one presenter. We are accepting proposals for both types of format/duration.

  • If you would like to present alone (60-minute webinar): Your estimated presentation time is around 40 minutes with the remaining time spent on introductions and a Q&A session. Please submit a proposal for a topic you can adequately cover in this amount of time.
  • If you would like to co-present with another speaker (90-minute webinar): Your estimated total presentation time is around 60 minutes (roughly 30 minutes per speaker) with the remaining time spent on introductions and a Q&A session. Please submit a proposal for a topic that two presenters can adequately and comfortably cover in this amount of time, and indicate both presenters’ names in the proposal, if applicable.

Please note: PRIM&R is committed to representing diverse viewpoints and honors this commitment through pairing webinar presenters from different backgrounds and institutional and/or organizational affiliations. As such, we encourage you to identify a co-presenter from a background and institutional and/or organizational affiliation different than yours. If you are open to presenting with another speaker, but don’t have anyone specific in mind, PRIM&R can help with a recommendation.

Important Dates

Call for Webinar Proposals opens May 1, 2016
Call for Webinar Proposals closes December 31, 2016

*We are soliciting proposals for webinars that will take place in January 2017 and beyond. The priority deadline was July 31, 2016, and authors who submitted by that date will be notified by August 15, 2016, regarding the status of their proposals. After July 31, 2016, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, and authors will be notified of their status within four weeks of submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the purpose of the Call for Webinar Proposals?
A: One of PRIM&R’s top priorities is ensuring that our webinar programming represents the topics, issues, and voices that are most relevant to our attendees. Therefore, we regularly solicit, and always welcome, feedback and input from our webinar attendees. The Call for Webinar Proposals takes our commitment to serving our communities’ needs to the next level by inviting members of those communities to propose and facilitate webinars on topics of interest, relevance, and importance to them

Q: Do I need to be a PRIM&R member to submit a webinar proposal?
A: No. However, if you are interested in becoming a member, please review the range of benefits that come with membership and contact Elise Davis, membership coordinator, to get started.

Q: How do I submit a webinar proposal?
A: You may submit information for your session proposal or speaker suggestion through our online submission form. To review the information you’ll be asked to provide in your proposal, please download this document.

Q: May I submit more than one webinar proposal?
A: Yes, you may! You must submit an individual online submission for each webinar proposal, and each will be reviewed independently. Please include your full contact information with each submission.

Q: Do you offer compensation to webinar presenters?
A: Presenter(s) whose webinar proposal is accepted for presentation and who complete all stages of the planning process, and deliver a webinar on the scheduled date, will receive an honorarium of $500.

Q: If my proposal is selected, can I get continuing education credits toward CIP® or CPIA® recertification?
For the holders of the CPIA credential, continuing education credit is available; please refer to the CPIA recertification guidelines for details. This opportunity does not carry credits toward CIP recertification at this time.

Q: When will I know if my webinar proposal has been accepted?
A: For proposals submitted by July 31, 2016, authors will be notified by August 15, 2016, regarding the status of their proposals. After July 31, 2016, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, and authors will be notified of their status within four weeks of submitting.

Q: Will my proposed webinar change if it is accepted?
A: We view webinars as opportunities to collaborate with presenters. As PRIM&R staff consider your proposal, we may have ideas for a different scope or focus of the proposed content, and we will discuss those ideas with you. Presenters will have the opportunity to provide feedback, but acceptance of certain topics may depend upon the presenter’s willingness and ability to modify the original idea. Please note also that all proposed faculty may not be selected to present the webinar outlined in the submission. Due to PRIM&R’s continued efforts to ensure participation by faculty of diverse backgrounds and institutional and/or organizational affiliations, we reserve the right to invite an alternate speaker to co-present the webinar with the submitter.

Q: If my proposal is accepted, what is the commitment associated with serving as a presenter of a PRIM&R webinar?
The commitments associated with developing and delivering a PRIM&R webinar include:

  • Participation in up to three planning calls (which may include initial brainstorming session with PRIM&R, content planning with the PRIM&R and another presenter, and training on the webinar technology and rehearsal).
  • Presentation of the webinar.
  • Contribution of content to a blog post following the webinar.

Q: Can you provide some examples of active learning strategies?
A: We encourage you to think about the teaching methods you’ll employ to deliver advanced level content. Advanced sessions should provide collaborative learning processes that allow opportunities for participation and interaction; learning opportunities based on attendees’ experience, knowledge, and understanding of the topic; and critical thinking and critical reflection. Examples of how best to teach advanced content include:

  • Case studies—presentation, analysis, discussion
  • Discussion questions—pre-planned questions posed during the webinar to facilitate guided exploration of important concepts or issues
  • Readings or other resources—provided for participants to review either before or after the webinar
  • Pre- and post-session polling questions—questions posed at the beginning and/or end of the webinar and the participant feedback incorporated into the post-webinar discussion

PRIM&R is happy to help you think about how to develop your presentation to incorporate adult learning techniques. Just let us know how we can help!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nora Murphy, online learning coordinator, via email or phone (617.303.1876).