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Funding Competitiveness Conference

August 19- 21, 2013 - Washington, DC

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Monday, August 19 2013

11:00 Registration Opens


1:00 - 1:10 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


1:15 – 2:05 General Session: Paris Ballroom
National Science Foundation Update
NSF will provide its semi-annual update with the latest insight on the competitions GRC member institutions and their partners are relying on in FY 14. Topics to be covered include the 2013 cancellation of TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science), the new comprehensive undergraduate program, CAUSE (Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education) and the ECR (Education and Human Resources Core Research) Program.
Samantha Hunter, Grants Policy Specialist, NSF Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, National Science Foundation


2:15 – 3:05 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Department of Energy FY 14 Overview
Get updated on FY 14 funding and research opportunities within the DOE. Learn about the research directions of Science and Technology for Clean Energy, and discover innovative ways your university can get involved with DOE research.
Eric Rohlfing, Director, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy


3:15 – 4:05 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Federal Update

The American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS's) R&D Budget and Policy Program has provided timely, objective, and accurate information on federal R&D support since 1976. This session will feature two AAAS speakers, who will focus on the FY 14 R&D budget and appropriations so far, as well as the Presidents' FY 14 science education and workforce development proposal.
Matt Hourihan, Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program Office, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Richard Weibl, Director, Center for Careers in Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science


4:10 - 5:00 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Keynote – Judging Sponsored Programs/Research Effectiveness
Demands for institutional accountability to justify public funding are increasingly coming from state legislatures, governors, and federal officials. The calls for performance funding and the development of metrics will have a profound influence on the field of research and sponsored programs administration. Institutional development and individual careers will be dependent on our capacity to prove the value of investments in research and education. This session will focus on the management of the demands for accountability from the state system and the Washington government agency/association perspectives.
Mark A. Nook, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin System


5:15 – 6:45 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

7:00 – 8:00 Concurrent Events
Guests/First Timers’ Breakfast

Member Breakfast
Paris Ballroom


8:00 - 8:50 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Impact and Opportunity: The Overhaul of Federal STEM Education
At the request of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the federal government is undergoing a comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) inventory of its federally-funded STEM initiatives. This session will address this coordinated effort to provide increased STEM education program effectiveness and to reduce STEM education program redundancies across federal agencies.
Camsie McAdams, Senior Advisor of STEM, Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator of Education Integration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration


9:00 – 9:50 Concurrent Sessions
NIH/BUILD Program Overview
Paris Ballroom
This session will provide an overview of NIH’s new Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Program that is designed to provide relatively under-resourced institutions with the opportunity to provide a series of rigorous, mentored research experiences to their students. The BUILD initiative aims to increase the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce by supporting collaborative programs that include novel approaches for enhancing undergraduate education, training, and mentorship, as well as infrastructure support and faculty development to facilitate those approaches.
Toya Randolph, Program Officer, Common Fund Diversity Initiatives, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
Michael Sayre, Division of Scientific Programs, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health

Overview of NEH’s Research Division
The National Endowment for the Humanities maintains a robust range of research grant opportunities in the humanities for colleges and universities. This session will provide insight and information about grant initiatives throughout the NEH Division of Research Programs.
Jane Aikin, Director, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities


10:00-10:50 Concurrent Sessions
Paris Ballroom
Finding Funding for Behavioral and Social Sciences Researchers
GRC member institutions support an active research portfolio in the behavioral and social sciences. This presentation will cover NIH's varied interests as well as those from the American Sociological Association.

Wendy Nilsen, Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
Jean Shin, Director, Minority Affairs Program, American Sociological Association

Opportunities in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
This session will cover support for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institute programs that help people make informed health care decisions, and improve health care delivery and outcomes, by producing high integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by stakeholders. The session will also cover a discussion of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality solicitations for new applications in FY 13-14 for PCOR training, research, and dissemination projects.
Kara Odom Walker, Office of the Chief Science Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Scott Smith, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


11:00 – 11:50 Concurrent Sessions
CompetitionSpace: Simple Solution to Internal Competitions on Campus
Paris Ballroom
InfoReady Corporation recently unveiled CompetitionSpace, a program designed to simplify the management of internal funding competitions at colleges and universities. This session will provide a GRC member-led demonstration of this new tool that could save sponsored programs offices hours of valuable time.
Scott Maynard, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Client Engagement, InfoReady Corporation
Janet Rentsch, Director Sponsored Programs and IRB Research Compliance, Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)

NSF/BIO Proposal Modifications and 2014 Program Opportunities
This session will provide both an overview of NSF’s FY 14 program priorities and opportunities in the biological sciences, and cover how changes in pre-proposal requirements for the BIO Directorate may impact newer principal investigators.
Jane Silverthorne, Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, Directorate for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation


12:00 – 1:15 Concurrent Events
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.

Category A-Institutions with less than 5,000 FTE
Facilitators: Patricia Gibbs, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Contracts, Elizabeth City State University (N.C.)
Linda Marston, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Springfield College (Mass.)

Category B-Institutions with between 5,000 and 10,000 FTE
Dawn Underwood, Sponsored Programs Director, Indiana State University
Joan West, Director, Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts, University of Tennessee Martin

Category C-Institutions with greater than 10,000 FTE
Syd Conner, Information Specialist, Sponsored Programs Administration, University of Southern Mississippi


1:20 – 2:20 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Foundation Funding Update
In the current climate of government spending cuts, access to private sector funding has never been more necessary. At the same time, foundations are increasingly re-thinking their focus as well as the ways in which they distribute and award grant funding. The presenter will walk the audience through current trends in foundation grant funding, share how applicants can position themselves in the current funding environment, address the role of social media, and demonstrate new tools for finding foundation grant opportunities.
Patricia Pasqual, Director, Washington, DC Office, Foundation Center


2:30 – 3:20 Concurrent Sessions
Program Updates from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education
Paris Ballroom
Program directors from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education will share their thoughts and expert guidance on several program opportunities that seek to strengthen and support undergraduate students and institutions. Discussions will include information on Advanced Technological Education (ATE); Cybercorps Scholarship for Service (SFS); and thoughts surrounding the proposed consolidation of several programs into the Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE) program.
Victor Piotrowski, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation
Lee Zia, Director, STEP Program, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation

IMLS Support for Colleges and Universities
This session will provide strategies for colleges and universities to pursue funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, both directly and through partnerships. Representatives from the Office of Museum Services and the Office of Library Services will provide insight into the full scope of IMLS offerings, as well as areas of funding emphasis for the coming year.
Connie Cox Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Office of Museum Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services


3:30 – 4:20 Concurrent Sessions
Overview of HUD Research Partnerships Program
Paris Ballroom
The Research Partnerships Program accepts unsolicited research proposals that address any of HUD's priorities. This session will include an overview of the program and how researchers can develop competitive proposals.
Kinnard Wright, Program Officer, Office of University Partnerships, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Building Collaborations with DoD
Have you ever wondered who to approach about doing business with the different U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) branches? Perhaps investigators have asked questions about funding trends or the elements of a good white paper. In this session, presenters will discuss opportunities for collaboration and “steps to doing business” with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Theresa Bailey, Director of Sponsored Programs, Butler University (Ind.)
Ed Lee, Program Coordinator, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Defense


4:30 – 5:20 Concurrent Sessions
Knowledge is Power: Understanding Responsible Conduct in Research
Paris Ballroom
Don’t be left in the dark. Join us for a detailed discussion on required federal compliance issues for sponsored programs and hear about the potential consequences to institutions (and individual principal investigators) for research misconduct.
William J. Kilgallin, Senior Advisor, Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, National Science Foundation

What’s New at the U.S. Institute of Peace
USIP provides grants and fellowships to support peacebuilding projects around the world, especially in conflict zones. This session will discuss how scholars and new researchers obtain USIP funding to advance their research interests.
Steven Riskin, Special Assistant to the President for Grants, U.S. Institute of Peace


5:30 – 7:00 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Networking Reception

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8:00 – 8:45 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Demystifying Compliance Issues – Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clauses within Department of Defense Contracts
Contract and subcontracts governed by Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) or the Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulations (DFAR) can be challenging to negotiate. In this session, problematic clauses (as well as preferred alternative clauses) will be discussed, along with strategies of negotiating changes, and tools available to sponsored programs staff for review.
Paris Ballroom
Dawn Underwood, Sponsored Programs Director, Indiana State University


9:00 – 10:00 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Threats to our Survival; Opportunities for Prosperity
Paris Ballroom
Public higher education is confronting a series of challenges; rising tuition and student debt, a broken business model, increasing numbers of competitors, technology that questions our most basic assumptions about our enterprise, and an increasingly skeptical public. Yet beyond those threats lies enormous opportunity in reaching more students, increasing learning outcomes, and addressing new markets. This session will describe some of the challenges and opportunities, focusing in particular on the role sponsored programs/research plays in institutional prosperity.
George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


10:15 – 11:15 General Session: Paris Ballroom
FY 14 OPE Update
This session will address what stakeholders can expect from the Office of Postsecondary Education during Obama’s second term.
Lenore Yaffee Garcia, Acting Senior Director, Strategy and Communications, International and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education
Gaby Watts, Director, TRIO Upward Bound and Educational Opportunity Centers Division, U.S. Department of Education
Frederick Winter, Program Officer, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Sofitel Hotel

Sofitel Lafayette Square

806 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202.730.8800

GRC Staff Roster

Richard Dunfee

Linda Anthony

Sandra George

Allyson Lords

Kenneth McDonald

Irelene Ricks

Erika Thompson

Richard Wellons