Tag: research project

Research Projects

Academic departments have the option to automatically pull in research project information to their CMS website. The information comes from a database of projects that are approved for public knowledge by the Research Office. The standard information that is pulled in is:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Co-PI
  • College/School
  • Department(s)
  • Sponsor
  • Center/Institute

The PI and Co-PI fields will automatically link names to their faculty page if one is set up in the CMS.

Example of research projects listed on a website.

Departments can be given the ability to override this information (as viewed on your departmental website only) or manually add projects that are not listed. If you have never used this function before, you must contact cmshelp@mtu.edu to get set up. Departments currently set up are Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science.

  1. From the Pages List View navigate to the research projects folder.
  2. From the dropdown next to the green +New button at the top of the screen select Research Project.
    Create Research Project screen
  3. Page Title: Enter the name of the research project.
  4. Filename: Enter the IR Number or a short project name in the filename using only lower case letters, numbers, and hyphens.
  5. Leave the Research Project Options as is.
  6. Click the blue Create button. The item will open you up to the Edit screen which is not used.
  7. From the Properties tab, go to MultiEdit Content.
    Research Project MultiEdit Content screen.
  8. Project Title: This field will already be populated based on what you entered when you created the Research Project item.
  9. Start Date: Select a start date for when you want the content to go live.
  10. End Date: Select an end date for when you want the content to no longer be live.
  11. IR Number: Enter the IR Number for the project. If this number matches an existing IR number that is displaying on your page, the information you enter in the fields will override the information that comes from the database.
  12. Award Amount: Enter the award amount for the project including the $.
  13. College/School: Enter the college or school name that the project is under.
  14. Department: Enter the department name for the project.
  15. Sponsor: Enter the name of the sponsor for the project.
  16. Center/Institute: Enter the name of associated centers or institutes for the project as needed.
  17. Principal Investigator Name: Enter the name of the principal investigator for the project.
  18. Principal Investigator Email: Enter the email address for the principal investigator for the project in order to link to an existing personnel item.
  19. Co-Investigator 1-4 Name: Enter the names of up to four co-investigators for the project.
  20. Co-Investigator 1-4 User IDEnter the corresponding user ID for the co-investigator(s) listed in order to link to existing personnel items.
  21. Body: Use the mini-editor to add additional information to the research project.
  22. Save the changes with the blue Save button at the bottom of the screen.
  23. Publish the item.

Create New Content

To create a new page or section,

  1. From the Pages list view navigate to the folder in which you want to create the new content.
  2. Click on the green +New button at the top of the page.
  3. Select the type of item you want to create.

If you are creating a tab level folder that will not have a landing page, you should still create a New Section, not just a Folder.


Creates an empty folder that is only used for file or image organization. Do not use this to create webpages or navigation.

Alumni Profile

This item is used to create individual people that can appear on the Alumni Profiles page or in department Academies. See the Alumni Profiles post for more information.

Personnel Information

Creates a faculty/staff profile page when the person does not have a full-page listing. This must be created for each employee that will be listed. If you are including an employee who is already listed in another department, you will still create this page, but you will make a special selection in the Parameters, which is explained later. If the person will have a full page listing, you should create a new section w/personnel instead. See the Personnel Items post for more information.

Research Project

This item is used to add information or projects to academic department research project listings. This functionality must be specifically added to a website.

Section w/Personnel

Creates a new folder with the required files inside it to create a new full-page personnel information item. See the Personnel Items post for more information.

Section w/Page

Creates a new folder with the required files inside it to create a new page. You can choose whether or not to include a link to the page in the navigation.


  • Folder Name: Enter a short, descriptive name using all lowercase letters with no special characters or spaces except hyphen (-). This will become part of the page’s URL.
  • Section Title: Used in the breadcrumb.
  • Page Title: Displayed at the top of the page, in the navigation, and in the metatitle.
  • Description: This is the meta description for the page. It is text that provides a description of the content on your page and is commonly used in search engine results as a preview of what is on the page.
  • Keywords: This is the meta keywords for the page. It is comma separated words or phrases that can have limited SEO benefits.
  • Add Navigation Item: Choose whether the page should appear in the navigation or not.
  • Leave the Index Page Options as is.
  • Click the Create button to create the page. You will be brought to the edit view for the page.

Watch a video to learn how to create a new webpage.

New Section Without a Page

If you a creating a new tab-level section that will not have a page, there are a few additional steps you must take after creating the Section w/Page.

  1. Recycle the index.pcf file.
  2. Edit the _props.pcf file and clear the Section Breadcrumb field in Properties > Parameters.
  3. Update the _nav.shtml file in the folder above the new section.
    1. If you chose Yes for Add Navigation Item, find the navigation that was added and change the link to go to the _nav.shtml file of the new section instead of the index.pcf file.
    2. If you chose No for Add Navigation Item, when you add the navigation manually create the link to go to the _nav.shtml file of the new section.