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Grants Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference

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

Final 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
Opening Session: Conference Orientation
Attendees are invited to this quick “housekeeping” session about what to expect during the conference and private consultations.

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
Richard Wellons, Program Manager, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General 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 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 POWER Awardee
Presenters from GRC member Western State Colorado University will share insights gained from an award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), which was used to support its regional business incubation and entrepreneurship programs: the Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship (ICE) House and the ICE Accelerator Innovation Center. Additionally, representatives from the EDA will highlight opportunities for universities and colleges to continue working with EDA and how to facilitate integration of economic development resources across programs and agencies.

Presenters:
Julie Baca, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Western State Colorado University
Janice Welborn, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants, Western State Colorado University
Doug Lynott, Director, Economic Development Integration, U.S. Economic Development Administration
Nancy Gilbert, Policy Analyst, Economic Development Integration, U.S. Economic Development Administration

 

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Montpelier
Networking Reception and Introductions
Enjoy beer, wine 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

 

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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:
Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

   

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: Updates on the DARPA Young Faculty Award 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) provides funding to untenured U.S. junior faculty pursuing high risk, high payoff fundamental research in military-relevant areas. Learn about how your faculty can take advantage of individualized research support for groundbreaking research in a multitude of scientific fields

Presenter:
Michael Fiddy, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Sciences Office

 

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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, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and Interim Director of Title III Administration, Bowie State University (Md.)
Rod Granec, Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, University of West Alabama
Linda Marston, Director of 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: Overview of National Institute of Food and Agriculture Programs
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the Department of Agriculture provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. This session 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. It will also provide best practice tips on writing successful proposals.

Presenters:
Jane Clary Loveless, National Program Leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jeanette Thurston, Science Program and Analysis Officer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jodi Williams, Acting Division Director, Food Safety, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Educators in the Wild--NEA Foundation Overview
Learning is a lifelong experience—felt inside and outside of the classroom. This session will highlight the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s vision and mission, with attention given to funding opportunities for educators and programs crafted to drive student success. Attendees will learn about successfully funded projects to help expand the conversation with faculty and future teachers on your campus.

Presenter:
Jesse Graytock, Grants Program Manager, National Education Association Foundation

   

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Member-led Session: Supporting Faculty—What We Do And What We Hope To Do
As directors of sponsored programs and research offices, we have a critical responsibility to support faculty in their grant-seeking. In this interactive session, the presenters will share their strategies at non-research intensive institutions. We hope to facilitate a conversation with attendees -- including members at research intensive universities -- about what we do, what is effective, and what we hope to do in the future to provide better support for externally-funded faculty scholarship.

Presenters:
Anika Bissahoyo, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and Interim Director of Title III Administration, Bowie State University (Md.)
Linda Marston, Director of Grants and Sponsored Research, Springfield College (Mass.)
Karen Frank Mays, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Fitchburg State University (Mass.)

   

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, 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, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer, Office of Museum Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services 

 

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: Building an Applied Research Portfolio in Cyber Security
Dr. Jones will share experiences and lessons learned from the last five years of establishing a sustainable research program in cyber security. This session will provide specific examples of what worked and what didn't, why, and how his team adapted a strategy as they learned and the landscape shifted. Points include funding targets, preliminary research, working with students and colleagues, inter-department, inter-school, and inter-university relationships, publications, and working with industry.

Presenter:
Jim Jones, Associate Professor, Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, George Mason University (Va.)



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
Sponsor Breakfast: Computational Reproducibility with Code Ocean
The research grant landscape has become increasingly competitive as many funding bodies require data management plans (DMPs) and/or require not only the underlying data but also the code and software to support the claims. Universities looking to arm their researchers with workflow tools can turn these requirements into a competitive advantage. Thanks to recent advances in reproducibility technology, researchers and students can now not only make their code and data available for their academic papers, but enable others to reproduce the results with a single-click. Code Ocean is an easy-to-use online computational reproducibility platform that facilitates reproducibility, replication, and reuse of research code. This demo will provide an overview of the platform and integration opportunities for institutions.

Presenters:
Travis Hewgley, Director of Institutional Partnerships, Code Ocean
Pierre Montagano, Lead for Sales and Business Development, Code Ocean

 

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

   

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Concurrent Session: Finding Success with AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is tasked with producing evidence to make healthcare safer, accessible and affordable. Attendees will hear about research grant opportunities, and training and career development grant opportunities for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and career development researchers who are interested in health services research.

Presenter:
C. Jean Hsieh, Staff Fellow/Program Officer, Division of Research and Education, Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: From Farm to Table and Beyond: Overview of FFAR Programs
Food systems touch so many aspects of academic and everyday life. This session, led by Julie Reynes, from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), will highlight FFAR’s mission, programs, challenge areas and funding priority areas.

Presenter:
Julie Reynes, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

   

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Farm Bill Reauthorization Updates
The Agricultural Act of 2014 or the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2018. This session will provide updates on the impact the new bill may have on higher education.

Presenter:
Josh Stull, Congressional and Stakeholder Affairs Officer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

       

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Higher Education Updates from OPE
The Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) houses some of the most important grant programs within the federal government. This session will highlight the ongoing developments within OPE in FY 18 and beyond.

Presenter:
Adam Kissel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

 

 

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

   

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Higher Education Initiatives at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest and most influential private philanthropic foundations in the world. The Foundation works to enhance healthcare, reduce extreme poverty, and expand education access and opportunities for people around the world. Travis Reindl will speak with attendees about the Foundation’s higher education initiatives and provide guidance for applying to and working with the Foundation.

Presenter:
Travis Reindl, Senior Communications Officer, Postsecondary Success, U.S. Policy, Advocacy, and Communications (USPAC), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

   

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: Funding Opportunities in NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate
This session will provide an update of social science research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Deputy Director Schneider will provide an overview of the SBE directorate, supporting research into human behavior; social organizations; and social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces.

Presenter:
Tamera Schneider, Deputy Division Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation

   

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 and performing arts activities that demonstrate exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Colleges and universities have unique resources and capabilities in the visual and performing arts as well as unique connections with their surrounding communities. NEA Specialists Meg Brennan and Carol Lanoux Lee will speak about how colleges and universities can use their unique resources and relationships to collaborate with NEA.

Presenters:
Meg Brennan, Visual Arts Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Carol Lanoux Lee, Musical Theater/Theater Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

 

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Montpelier
Concurrent Session: Funding Opportunities to Prepare Special Education Personnel
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. This session will focus on OSEP’s Personnel Development Program which administers grants to institutions of higher education to fund the preparation personnel–special education teachers, early intervention/early childhood special education personnel, and related services providers pursuing graduate degrees—who deliver services to children with disabilities.

Presenter:
Sarah Allen, Lead for Professional Development, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

     

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.

Presenters:
Jennifer Clinton, Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Vistas
Sally Yerkovich, American Scandinavian Foundation, Director of Special Projects

   

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Montpelier
Networking Reception
Enjoy beer, wine 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
GRC conference attendees are invited to reconnect with colleagues from across the country.

     

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: NSF Update
This session will cover recent policy and program changes at the National Science Foundation, including new capabilities for proposal preparation and submission in Research.gov and the newest version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

Presenter:
Jeremy Leffler, Outreach Specialist, Policy Office, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management, Division of Institution and Award Support, National Science Foundation

   

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Dolley Madison Ballroom
General Session: SAMHSA Grant Programs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA also has funding opportunities specifically for colleges and universities. This session will focus on the funding available through SAMHSA to support its mission.

Presenters:
Rosalyn Blogier, Public Health Advisor and Suicide Prevention Branch/Campus Team Coordinator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Judith Ellis, Lead Public Health Advisor, Community Grants and Program Development Branch, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

                 

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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