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Grants Resource Center Funding Competitveness Conference

February 20-23, 2018
Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel
1177 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
202/862-1600

Developing Agenda

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer
Registration

 

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Conference Orientation
Attendees are invited to this quick “housekeeping” session about what to expect during the conference and private consultations.

 

Presenters:
Frank Graeff, Program Manager, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Richard Wellons, Program Manager, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Leila Ali, Program Advisor, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Opening Session: NIH Update
This session will address emerging issues associated with extramural research at the National Institutes of Health.

 

Presenter: Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

   

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Member-led Session: ½ Points: Proposal Development Secrets to Make Grant Applications Distinctively Different
Sometimes the difference between securing and missing grant funding comes down to half points. In this concurrent session you will learn strategies for increasing the overall quality and competitiveness of the grant applications you submit by making them “distinctively different.” A systematic RFP Analysis Process and online tools will help you to identify sponsor hot button themes. Inserting a few more specific details in targeted places in application narratives can earn the essential benefit of the doubt points that elevate your projects into the “Funded” category.

 

Presenter:
Jeremy T. Miner, Director of Grants and Contracts, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 

       

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Member-led Session: EDA Awardee

 

Presenters:
Janice Welborn, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants, Western State Colorado University
Julie Baca, Chief Financial Officer and Project Director, Western State Colorado University

 

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Montpelier
Networking Reception and Introductions
Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with GRC staff, GRC advisory board members, and sponsors.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer
Registration

 

   

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Montpelier
GRC Services Overview
This session is highly recommended for individuals attending their first GRC conference or long-time members looking for a refresher. This is a great opportunity to learn about GRC resources and services, and ask questions about membership.

Presenters:
Willette Brown-Fatoyinbo, Program Manager, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Frank Graeff, Program Manager, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Networking Breakfast
Seasoned GRC conference attendees are invited to reconnect with colleagues from across the country.

 

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Welcome 

Presenter:
John Ballard, Vice President of Research and Military Relations, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

       

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Federal Update
This session will help us understand the federal funding outlook for FY 18 and beyond.

 

Presenters:
Michael Zola, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Barmak Nassirian, Director, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Keynote Address

Presenter: TBD

   

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: Updates on the DARPA Young Faculty Award 

Presenter: Kristen Huff Fuller, Assistant Director, Program Management, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Sciences Office (DARPA/DSO)

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: NEH Preservation and Access for Cultural Collections
Colleges and universities often house unique cultural collections that hold value to humanities researchers as well as surrounding communities. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers grants to preserve and make these materials available including collections of books, serials, manuscripts, sound recordings, still and moving images, works of art, objects of material culture, and rapidly expanding digital collections.

 

Presenter:
Cathleen Tefft, Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities

   

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Advisory Board Lunches
Attendees will break into groups based on full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment size for an open forum discussion of issues of common interest.

 

Adams A
Category A: Institutions with Less than 5,000 FTE
Facilitators: 
Anika Bissahoyo, Executive Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Bowie State University (Md.)
Rod Granec, Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
University of West Alabama
Linda Marston, Director, Grants and Sponsored Research, Springfield College (Mass.)

 

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Adams B
Category B: Institutions with 5,000 to 10,000 FTE
Facilitators:
Jeremy T. Miner, Director of Grants and Contracts, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 
Pam Vargas, Director, Research and Grant Development Office, Southeast Missouri State University
Kortnay Woods, Executive Director, Grants and Sponsored Research, The College of New Jersey

 

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Hamilton
Category C: Institutions with Greater than 10,000 FTE
Facilitators: 
Jennifer Deering, Grant Writer for Sponsored Programs, University of Central Arkansas
Doris Nyaga, Research Development Administrator, University of Northern Iowa 
Andrew Sustich, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Arkansas State University   

   

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: Updates from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. This presentation will cover NIFA funding opportunities for various entities including universities to address food security issues in low income populations in both urban and rural communities.

 

Presenters:
Jane Clary Loveless, National Program Leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jodi Williams, National Program Leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

   

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Corporation for National and Community Service

 

Presenter: TBD

   

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Veterans Affairs Research Programs

Presenter: TBD

   

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: Using Fulbright Programs as a Resource for Campus Internationalization
The Fulbright Program offers scholarly opportunities for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. IIE Fulbright Specialist Sarah Causer will discuss the Fulbright experience as a resource for campus internationalization and the life changing value of several Fulbright programs.

 

Presenter:
Sarah Causer, Outreach and Recruitment Analyst, Fulbright Programs, Institute of International Education

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Sustaining and Innovating Museums and Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offers a variety of programs that provide support for museums and libraries, with an emphasis on projects that lead to innovations in library and museum services, access, and community engagement. Attendees will receive the latest updates on IMLS museum and library funding opportunities and priorities.

Presenters:
Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer, Office of Library Services, IMLS (invited)
Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer, Office of Museum Services, IMLS

 

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is committed to being a transformative force in the criminal justice field by fostering science-based criminal justice practices that support rigorous scientific research to ensure the safety of families, neighborhoods and communities. This presentation will focus on ways to contribute to NIJ’s mission.

Presenter:
Renee Cooper, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation

Presenter: TBD

Dinner on Your Own
Attendees are encouraged to explore the many restaurant offerings Washington, D.C. has to offer.  Ask GRC or hotel staff for suggestions.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 22, 2018


7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer
Registration

 

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Networking Breakfast

   

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: DOLETA

Presenter: TBD

   

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: NIH

 

Presenter:
Emmanuel Peprah, Center for Translational Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

       

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: SAMHSA Programs

Presenter: TBD

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Cybersecurity Funded PI

Presenter: Jim Jones, Associate Professor, Computer Forensics, George Mason University (Va.) (invited)

   

Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Networking Lunch

     

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Foundation Center

Presenter: TBD

   

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Broader Impacts

 

Presenter: TBD

   

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: NEA Visual Arts Support
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is committed to supporting visual arts activity—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, and public art—that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Colleges and universities have unique resources and capabilities in the visual arts as well as unique connections with their surrounding communities. Director Wendy Clark will speak about how colleges and universities can use their unique resources and relationships to collaborate with NEA.

 

Presenter:
Wendy Clark, Director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity, National Endowment for the Arts

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: ED OSERS

 

Presenter: TBD

     

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: International Potpourri
This session will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about funding programs within international organizations focused on various countries or regions.

 

Presenter:
Amanda Rohm Daquila, Program Director, Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, Cultural Vistas

   

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Montpelier
Networking Reception
Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with GRC staff, GRC advisory board members, and sponsors.

 

 

Friday, February 23, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer
Registration

 

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Networking Breakfast

     

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: NSF Update
This session will cover recent policy and program changes, and new agency priorities based on the new administration. 

 

Presenter:
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, National Science Foundation (invited)

   

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: ED OPE

Presenter: TBD

                 

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Closing Remarks

Presenter:
John Ballard, Vice President of Research and Military Relations, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

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