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Funding Competitiveness Conference

February 19- 22, 2014 - Washington, DC

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

11:00 - 4:00 Registration Opens

1:00 - 2:00 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Organizational Culture’s Impact on the Effectiveness of Research Administration Units
Based on a multi-case study conducted by Theresa L. Bailey of Butler University, this session will focus on the relationship between organizational culture and effectiveness within research administration units at selected higher education institutions.

Theresa L. Bailey, Director, Butler Institute of Research and Scholarship, Butler University


2:15 – 3:15 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Research and Sponsored Programs Innovation: Case Study
The session will feature a brief overview of the AASCU/GRC Innovations Exchange program, followed by a case study of sponsored programs innovation. Janet Woolman of McNeese State University (La.), a GRC member institution, will discuss the development of McNeese’s Innovation Center, covering the center’s concept, and its effects on students, the university, businesses and the wider community.

Janet Woolman, Director-Research and Government Relations, McNeese State University
Dan Hurley, Associate Vice President for Government Relations and State Policy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


3:30 – 4:30 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research: What Research and Sponsored Program Offices Can Use and Contribute
Since the release of the Council on Undergraduate Research's Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) in 2012, diverse academic institutions have used the document in strategic planning, self-studies, and accreditation processes. For research and sponsored program professionals, two of the most compelling reasons to consider COEUR as a resource is that it highlights the need for a whole institution approach to undergraduate research, and it singles out the importance of a solid research infrastructure to undergraduate research success. In this interactive session, a brief overview of the COEUR document will be provided, followed by a discussion among participants as to how COEUR might be used by research and sponsored programs offices, and how these offices can contribute to improving undergraduate research programs on their campuses.

Elizabeth L. Ambos, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research


4:45 – 5:45 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7:00 – 8:00 Concurrent Events
Guest & First Time Attendees Breakfast
Individuals attending their first GRC meeting should take this opportunity to learn about GRC resources and services and hear strategies for getting the most out of the conference agenda.

Networking Breakfast
Paris Ballroom
Seasoned GRC conference attendees are invited to reconnect with colleagues from across the country.


8:15 - 8:30 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


8:30 - 9:30 General Session: Paris Ballroom
NIH Update
This session will address emerging issues associated with extramural research at the National Institutes of Health

Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health


9:45 – 10:45 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Federal Update
Federal support for the sciences, technology and education is still alive and the government is indeed making new investments in FY 14. Our speakers will help us understand the outlook for future funding in FY 14 and beyond.

Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director, Federal Research and Development, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Barmak Nassirian, Director, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities


11:00 - 12:00 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Keynote Address: Developing a Robust Research Capacity
Eduardo M. Ochoa, formerly head of the Office of Postsecondary Education in the Obama administration and currently president of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), will review strategies for building a robust research agenda during this period of fiscal constraints. The topic will be approached from both a campus planning and Federal policy perspective.

Eduardo Ochoa, President of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Cindy Lopez, Director of Sponsored Programs at CSUMB


12:00 – 1:20 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Networking Lunch


1:30 – 2:20 General Session: Paris Ballroom
NSF Update
This session will cover recent policy and program changes resulting from sequestration, government shutdown, and new agency priorities based on FY 14 and FY 15 budget requests. The 2014 Proposal and Awards Policy and Procedures Guide modifications will also be highlighted.

Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, National Science Foundation


2:30 – 3:20 Concurrent Sessions
NIH Support for the AREA Program
Paris Ballroom

TThe Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is a longstanding National Institutes of Health (NIH) program that supports faculty research projects at colleges and universities that have not received much NIH funding in the past. This session will review the key requirements of the program. This session will review the key requirements of the program and introduce the new AREA program director.

Michelle Timmerman, AREA Program Director, National Institutes of Health

Update on OEL’s  Primary Education Priorities

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning (OEL) is the principal office charged with supporting the goal of improving the health, social-emotional and cognitive outcomes for children from birth through third grade. This session will provide insight on how colleges and universities can support OEL’s initiatives and give an update on future competitions.

Steven Hicks, Special Assistant on Early Learning, Office of Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education


3:30 – 4:20 Concurrent Sessions
NIH/DOJSupport for Projects that Address Violence Prevention
Paris Ballroom

This session will provide insight on grant opportunities from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institutes of Health that focus on violence prevention programs and research.

Robert Freeman, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health
Dara Blachman-Demner, National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice


USAID's Changing Relationship with Higher Education

This session will explore the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) changing approach to working with colleges and universities. This approach has been characterized by the end of its Higher Education for Development program, as well as a shift to more direct work with colleges and universities on the development of research laboratories to work on solutions to problems in the developing world.

Gary W. Bittner, Division Chief Higher Education, Workforce Development and Training, USAID


4:30 – 5:20 Concurrent Sessions
NSF GOALI and EPSCoR(s): A Win-Win for Industry/Academe Partnerships
Paris Ballroom

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has worked hard over the last several decades to encourage closer collaborations between industry and academe. With shrinking federal and state expenditures to higher education, proactive steps to engage industry as active partners on college campuses is a win-win for students, faculty, and the workforce. Program directors will explain how GRC campuses can get involved, bring in new money, and create postgraduate job opportunities for their students.

Don Senich, Senior Advisor, NSF Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)
Sian Mooney, Program Director, NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)


NEA's Collaborative Research Efforts And Funding Landscape

This session will examine the National Endowment for the Art's (NEA) research on the intersection of the arts with other fields and present information on key NEA funding opportunities.

Melissa Menzer, Program Analyst, Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Jen Hughes, Design Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts


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Friday, February 21, 2014

7:00 – 8:15 General Session: Paris Ballroom

8:15 – 9:15 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Cause Célèbre: New Information on NSF CAUSE and other DUE Grant Opportunities

This session will provide updates on the status of the Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education (CAUSE), and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant opportunities within the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Lee Zia, Program Director, NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)


9:30 – 10:20 Concurrent Sessions
Partnering with Federal Labs
Paris Ballroom

This session will clarify what the Federal Lab Consortium (FLC) is, what it provides to its members, who its current partners are, and how GRC members can benefit from FLC networking events and training opportunities. Additionally, a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service will discuss how federal lab partnerships are developed at USDA and how universities can get involved.

Honeyeh Zube, CRADA and License Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bob MacDonald, Coordinator, Partnerships and Grants Office of National Programs, Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture


HRSA Update

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports a wide range of programs to strengthen the health care workforce, build healthy communities, and improve health equity. This session will provide an overview of HRSA programs for colleges and universities.

Marcia Brand, Deputy Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration


10:30 – 11:40 Concurrent Sessions
Using History's Greatest Wit to Reinforce Today's Best Practices
Paris Ballroom

Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong." And so it is today for the innovators who are characterized, not just by a drive to break the traditional boundaries of research and discovery, but also by an unquestionable commitment to all that is ethical and correct where matters of leadership and administration are concerned. This session will use some of Wilde's best-turned witticisms and aphorisms to examine the fine balance between upholding critical virtues and flouting the status quo.

Megan Cantwell, Strategic Planning and Proposal Development Consultant, MQC Consulting
Diane Samuel, Director of Research and Grant Development, Southeast Missouri State University

Overview of the Study of U.S. Institutes Programs

Each year, the U.S. Department of State solicits colleges and universities to design and implement Study of U.S. Institutes programs that target international professionals and undergraduate students to learn about U.S. culture and policy centered on specific topics. This session will provide insight on how attendees can develop competitive programs.

Kevin Orchison, Program Officer, Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders, U.S. Department of State

12:00 – 1:20
Concurrent Category Lunches

Bastille, Category A-Institutions with less than 5,000 FTE
Paris Ballroom, Category B-Institutions with between 5,000 and 10,000 FTE
Madeline, Category C-Institutions with greater than 10,000 FTE

These break-out lunches provide attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues from similar-sized institutions, and participate in discussions (led by GRC Advisory Board members) on how GRC can best serve its members.


1:30 – 2:20 General Session: Paris Ballroom
Corporate Foundation Giving

This session will cover recent trends in corporate foundation giving, and give tips on how to find, establish and maintain the right corporate funding relationships.

Reina Mukai, Senior Research Associate, The Foundation Center


2:30 – 3:20 Concurrent Sessions
Getting Involved With DARPA
Paris Ballroom

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in several fields. This session will provide details on how colleges and universities can get involved and the programs available in FY 14 and 15.

Scott Ulrey, Deputy Director, Contracts Management Office


ED Funding Prospects for the Remainder of FY 14

This session will give an overview of the funding prospects for ED's higher education programs during the remainder of FY 14 and give insight on what stakeholders can expect in FY 15.

Frederick Winter, Program Officer, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education


3:30 – 4:20 Concurrent Sessions
R U Interested? More info on Research for Undergraduate Institutions
Paris Ballroom

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in several fields. This session will provide details on how colleges and universities can get involved and the programs available in FY 14 and 15.

Michael Mishkind, Program Director, RUI,Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

NEH Digital Humanities

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities features programs designed to explore how cutting-edge technology can be harnessed for humanities research, as well as programs designed to study emerging digital culture from a humanistic perspective. This session will feature an in-depth overview of opportunities for colleges and universities within NEH's Office of Digital Humanities Program.

Perry Collins, Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment of the Humanities


4:30 – 5:30 Roundtables
These GRC member-led discussions offer attendees an intimate setting to discuss the latest trends in sponsored research.

Variables Effecting Federal R&D Funding Success at State Comprehensive Universities

Certain factors may be associated with the success of state comprehensive universities in attracting federal R&D funding. In this Roundtable, the results of a recent dissertation study that reviewed factors effecting the success of state comprehensive universities in acquiring federal R&D funding will be shared.

Michael Wetherholt, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Columbus State University (Ga.)

Crowdfunding – A Method for University Research Support?

Crowdfunding sites could offer a new way for students and faculty to obtain support for their research and other projects. This discussion will ask: What are the pitfalls in using this type of website? Should we even be allowing its use for university sponsored research or creative efforts? The discussion will also include some of the common crowdfunding websites, with examples of funded projects, and possible implications for research administration.

Carol A. Darstein, Director, Pre Award and Contract Services, Office of Research and Economic Development, Buffalo State College

Improving Work Flow Within Your Grants Office

A discussion of office operations supported Grants Offices at academic institutions to include issues that arise during grant searches, support of grant writing and submission, contracting, audits, and compliance. Discussion will center on how workflow is coordinated among administrators, faculty, and support staff to ensure support of Grants Office objectives.

John M. Hranitz, Professor of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Interim Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Bloomsburg University

5:45 - 6:45 Reception


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

7:30 – 8:45 General Session: Paris Ballroom

8:45 – 11:15 General Session: Paris Ballroom
NIH Grantsmanship Workshop

Back by popular demand, this session will include tips for writing competitive proposals to the National Institutes of Health, as well as a mock peer review session of a proposal submitted to NIH for funding.

Peter Jackson, Scientific Review Program, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Hortencia Hornbeak, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
René Etcheberrigaray, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
Betty Poon, AIDS Review Branch, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Richard Crosland, Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health


Meeting Adjourns


11:30 Closed Session
GRC Advisory Board Meeting


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

Leah Jacobs

Allyson Lords

Kenneth McDonald

Irelene Ricks

Erika Thompson

Richard Wellons