Call for Webinar Proposals

The Call for Webinar Proposals is now closed. It will reopen in spring 2020.

Do you have an idea for a webinar that would be beneficial 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 sixth annual Call for Webinar Proposals.

PRIM&R offers 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 in 2020. 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 email


We are soliciting proposals on general-, 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 IRBs as well as animal care and use programs and 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, that incorporate active learning techniques. Please indicate the level of your proposed webinar on the submission form.

Intermediate: The intermediate webinar 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.

Advanced: Advanced webinars:

  • a) 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, and
  • b) provide attendees with in-depth knowledge of an area and a robust set of skills for addressing difficult problems and navigating "grey areas" related to the topic, improving their human research protections programs or animal care and use programs, shaping their institutional cultures, or advancing their careers. Webinars will make heavy use of active learning techniques, including case studies and polling questions. These sessions will not review basic concepts.


Most of our webinars have a running time of 75 minutes, involve two speakers who represent the perspectives of different institutions and/or backgrounds, and cover complementary aspects of a given topic. On occasion we host webinars that feature one presenter. We are accepting proposals for both types of format/duration.

  • If you would like to present alone: Your estimated presentation time is around 45 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: Your estimated total presentation time is roughly 25-30 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. Please 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 April 12, 2019
Priority submission deadline* for a webinar to be held in 2020 August 12, 2019
Call for Webinar Proposals closes December 31, 2019

*We are soliciting proposals for webinars that will take place in January 2020 and beyond. The priority deadline is August 12, 2019, and authors will be notified by September 2, 2019 regarding the status of their proposals. After August 12, 2019, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, and authors will be notified of their status within four weeks of submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Call for Webinar Proposals?

One of PRIM&R's priorities is ensuring our webinars represent 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.

Do I need to be a PRIM&R member to submit a webinar proposal?

No. However, if you are interested in becoming a member, please review the range of benefits that come with membership and email Kayla Parker to get started.

How do I submit a webinar proposal?

You may submit information for your session proposal or speaker suggestion through our online submission form. The priority deadline for having your submission considered is August 12, 2019.

May I submit more than one webinar proposal?

Yes, you may! You must complete a separate online submission for each webinar proposal, and each will be reviewed independently. Please include your full contact information with each submission.

Do you offer compensation to webinar presenters?

Presenter(s) whose webinar proposal is accepted for presentation and who complete all stages of the planning process, including participation in planning calls, development of a program description, webinar discussion guide, additional resources guide, delivery of a webinar on the scheduled date, and completion of a follow-up blog post, will receive an honorarium.

If my proposal is selected, can I earn 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.

When will I know if my webinar proposal has been accepted?

For proposals submitted by August 12, 2019, authors will be notified by September 2, 2019 regarding the status of their proposals. After August 12, 2019, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, and authors will be notified of their status within four weeks of submitting.

Will my proposed webinar change if it is accepted?

We view webinars as opportunities to collaborate with presenters. As we 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 speakers may not be selected to present the webinar outlined in the submission. Due to PRIM&R's continued efforts to ensure participation by speakers 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.

If my proposal is accepted, what is the commitment associated with presenting a PRIM&R webinar?

The commitment associated with developing and delivering a PRIM&R webinar includes:

  • Participation in up to three planning calls (which may include initial brainstorming session with PRIM&R, content planning with PRIM&R and another presenter, and training on the webinar technology and rehearsal)
  • Development of a program description, discussion guide, and additional resources list to accompany the webinar
  • Presentation of the webinar
  • Contribution of content to a blog post following the webinar
Can you provide some examples of active learning strategies?

We encourage you to think about the teaching methods you'll employ during the webinar. Examples of active learning strategies during a webinar include:

  • Case studies – presentation, analysis, and discussion
  • Polling and challenge questions questions posed during the webinar to encourage interactivity between the speakers and audience

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