Grants Resource Center: Conference on Funding Competitiveness
February 20 – 23, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A 360 Approach to Getting More Proposals out the Door
GRC members have driven the development of strategic partnerships, agency advocacy, peer-to-peer support, and best practice adoption throughout the GRC network. During this opening session, GRC, InfoReady Corporation, and Evisions will brief attendees on joint efforts to develop a full continuum of pre-award support serving the particular needs of non-research-intensive institutions. Attendees should come prepared to analyze their institutional approach to grant-related strategic planning, communications, and system adoption; to identify service gaps and other factors that can limit efficiency and productivity; and to contribute to a discussion about systemic approaches to increasing submission volume and, ultimately, grant revenue.
Meg Cantwell, Senior Consultant for Special Initiatives, Grants Resource Center, AASCU
Scott Maynard, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Client Engagement, InfoReady Corporation (Provider of In4Grants)
Matt McLellan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Evisions (Provider of Cayuse 424)
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
NIH Support for the AREA Program/GRC's NIH Proposal Pre-Review System
The National Institutes of Health has invested in research at non research-intensive institutions for over 30 years. This session will provide an overview of the Academic Research Enhancement Award plus provide an introduction to a new NIH proposal pre-review process developed for GRC members by GRC's Health Research and Education Task Force.
Jack Blazyk, Co-Chair, GRC Health Research and Education Task Force and Associate Dean for Research, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University
Erica Brown, Director, Academic Research Enhancement Program, National Institutes of Health
Vonda Smith, CSR AREA Liaison, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
David Stone, Co-Chair, GRC Health Research and Education Task Force, and Associate Provost for Research, Northern Illinois University
Thursday, February 21, 2013
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
NSF and NIH Policy Updates
This session will address emerging issues associated with grants policy and grants management at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Michelle Bulls, Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, National Institutes of Health
Samantha Hunter, Grants Policy Specialist, Policy Office, National Science Foundation
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Federal Update – What Universities Can Expect from the Obama Administration's Second Term
The Obama Administration will be continuing to promote policies for a strong U.S. science, engineering, technology, and innovation enterprise in the second term, including: sustaining strong federal investments in science and engineering research including academic research, investing in innovation to meet national challenges, and working with universities to integrate research and education in STEM fields to ensure a skilled, innovative U.S. workforce of the future. The Obama Administration's support for education programs, on the other hand, is less certain. The speakers will address the dual sides of the coin: federal support for STEM and education.
Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Makese Motley, Program Manager, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
11 a.m. – Noon
Keynote Address: Regional Partnerships and Sponsored Programs/Research
This session will address issues of partnership development and securing private and public support for regional initiatives from a campus perspective. The emphasis that the Obama administration places on innovation and entrepreneurship, and current funding opportunities at the federal level will also be reviewed.
Nish Acharya, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration & Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
Robert Nelsen, President, University of Texas Pan American
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Focus on Climate Change
Climate extremes are now commonplace and climate research and infrastructure programs have become a high priority at several federal agencies. Find out how your campus can get involved with NOAA's Climate Program Office and NSF's support for climate research by taking part in this discussion on how climate variability and change affect our health, economy, and well-being on a regional, national, and global scale.
Robert E. O'Connor, Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
Adam Parris, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Graduate Education: Building a Competitive U.S. Workforce in STEM and STEM-Related Professions
This session will present specific details on NSF’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program and its implementation in two to three GRC member institutions. It will also address NSF graduate education opportunities in general as well as address policy implications of graduate education on national workforce development priorities, particularly as those priorities relate to the academic institutions that develop graduate students.
Sylvia James, Acting Director, Division of Human Resource Development, National Science Foundation
Jim Lightbourne, Director, Division of Graduate Education, National Science Foundation
The Future ED Teacher Prep Programs
Teacher preparation programs have been largely on hiatus as passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is still pending. However, the FY 13 outlook expects to be promising in this area with new programs proposed such as the Effective Teaching and Learning and Hawkins Center of Excellence programs. This session will focus on what K-12 stakeholders can expect from the U.S. Department of Education in FY 13 and beyond.
Patricia Barrett, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
Beatriz Ceja, Team Leader, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Overview of Obesity Prevention Programs
The USDA reports the number one nutrition-related problem in the U.S. is obesity among children, and since food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity, and the USDA has a unique responsibility for addressing the food system in the U.S. NIH supports a broad spectrum of obesity-related research, including research toward preventing & treating obesity through lifestyle modification & preventing & treating obesity through pharmacologic, surgical, or other medical approaches. This session will discuss these topics.
Sonia Arteaga, Program Director, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Jane Clary, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U. S. Department of Agriculture
NEH Bridging Cultures Program
The Bridging Cultures Initiative at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an agency-wide program that “engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.” It has stand alone grant programs, but applications that “bridge cultures” are encouraged in most NEH solicitations. Attend this session for a description of the many ways this program affects the agency, and tips on proposal writing.
Patti Van Tuyl, Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives, National Endowment for the Humanities
Friday, February 22, 2013
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Complying with NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest Regulatory Requirements
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires that institutions receiving NIH funding must make their Financial Conflict of Interest policy publicly accessible. This session focuses on the regulations and some of the issues campuses deal with as they implement their policies.
Kathy Hancock, Assistant Grants Compliance Officer, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, National Institutes of Health
David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research, Northern Illinois University
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
NEH Division of Education Mock Panel Review
This session will feature the NEH review process in general, with a particular focus on the Division of Education Programs. Two proposals will be shared with the conference participants, reviewers will be selected from the audience to serve as panelists, and each proposal will be given a thorough evaluation. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge about the process of reviewing an application submitted to NEH, but will also learn about the application review process in general.
Wilsonia Cherry, Deputy Director, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities
9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
NSF Undergraduate Education Update
What can happen in Washington in a six-month period? Nothing or everything, depending on where you're sitting. 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 13 and FY 14.
Kathleen Bergin, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation
10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Back to Basics at NEA
Art Works is the foundational grants program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and one of the most important funding sources available for all disciplines of art. With the recent absorption of Arts in Media program (formerly Arts on Radio and Television) and the addition of programs like Our Town questions have arisen regarding limited submission and eligibility. This session will lay out the current structure of the NEA grant programs, with a focus on Art Works.
Michael Orlove, Director of Presenting and Artist Communities, National Endowment for the Arts
HRSA's Nurse Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs
This session will showcase programs from the Division of Nursing and Public Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration that often get overlooked, but are good resources for nursing faculty and students.
Sheila Norris, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Health Resources and Services Administration
1:30 p.m. -- 2:20 p.m.
NSF Priorities for Multidisciplinary Research
Every federal grantmaking agency has acknowledged a growing emphasis on collaborations that cross disciplines, institutions, and sectors. This session will be an opportunity to hear about the National Science Foundation's priorities for inter- and cross-disciplinary activities related to STEM research and education.
Fahmida Chowdhury, Program Director, Office of Mulidisciplinary Activities, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
Overview of Fulbright Programs
The Fulbright Program is known worldwide for programs that prepare teachers and researchers in the international affairs. This session will give tips on how colleges and universities can best prepare their students and faculty for this life changing opportunity.
Alma Ford, Program Officer, Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Institute of International Education
GRC and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) are pleased to offer attendees several complementary program options on the afternoon of Friday, February 22. No additional fee is required to participate in the CUR session exchange. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. See Allyson Lords for details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The sessions identified with the preface "CUR Dialogues" below will be held at either the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel (Franklin Park) located at the corner of 14h and K Streets, NW, or the Almas Temple (Nemesis Room or Oasis Room) located around the corner from the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel on K Street. Both are a short walk from the Sofitel.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Almas Temple, Nemesis Room
CUR Dialogues: Developing a New Generation of Globally-Engaged Scientists and Engineers
Location: Almas Temple, Nemesis Room
A critical priority for the National Science Foundation (NSF) is preparing a globally engaged workforce of future scientists and engineers in the U.S. This session will provide information on opportunities such as Research Experiences for Students and International Research Experiences for Students programs, which are part of the broad portfolio of NSF funding for undergraduates and their faculty mentors across all STEM fields.
David Stoner, Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Franklin Park, Hamilton Hotel
CUR Dialogues: NSF's Major Research Instrumentation Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program supports the acquisition and development of research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly or otherwise inappropriate for support through other NSF programs. Attendees at this session will receive an overview of the MRI program, recent statistics on award sizes and funding rates, and a brief synopsis of successful strategies.
Randy Phelps, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
DOE Office of Science Funding Update and Research Opportunities
This session will present a detailed overview of DOE funding and research opportunities, discuss the research directions of Science and Technology for Clean Energy, and some innovative ways for getting involved with other DOE research.
John Miller, Team Lead, Chemical Transformations, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Almas Temple, Oasis Room
CUR Dialogues: NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions
All NSF directors participate in the Research in Undergraduate Institutions activity, which supports research by faculty members of predominantly-undergraduate institutions through the funding of individual and collaborative research projects and the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation. A recipient for several RUI awards will describe what makes an excellent proposal, how to get the most out of an award, and how to establish a track record for future successful applications.
Thomas Wenzel, Professor of Chemistry, Bates College
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Almas Temple, Nemesis Room
CUR Dialogues: American Educational Research Association
The American Education Research Association (AERA) Grants Program provides small grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods to analyze the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation. This presentation will deliver a program overview, discuss the grant application process, and provide examples of funded projects.
George Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, American Educational Research Association
3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Kresge Foundation Overview
This session will review the Kresge Foundation's core priorities and grantmaking policies. Attendees will hear details on the foundation's approach to educational grants, including the role colleges and universities play in helping Kresge execute its longstanding and emerging priorities.
William F.L. Moses, Program Director, Education, Kresge Foundation
Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Attendees should be prepared to analyze current research and sponsored programs challenges, brainstorm the development of new resources, and think critically about how best practices from across the U.S. can be adapted to meet campus-specific needs. Current Roundtable discussions are:
1. Approaches to Community and Economic Development Partnerships
This roundtable will start with a re-cap of the work being done by the GRC Community and Economic Development Task Force. Following the summary, we'd like to spark a conversation about what our member universities are doing on campus in regards to community and economic development, regional collaborations, and share, both, successful and unsuccessful attempts at fostering engagement within the local community.
Tom Atkinson, Chair, Economic and Workforce Development Committee, Community and Economic Development Task Force, and Assistant Provost and Director of Sponsored Programs, University of Central Arkansas
2. GRC's New NIH Proposal Pre-Review Process
This discussion will focus on GRC's Research and Education Task Force's new resource - an NIH proposal pre-review process whereby potential NIH applicants have the option to have their Specific Aims page reviewed by a GRC member NIH awardee.
Jack Blazyk, Co-Chair, GRC Health Task Force, and Associate Dean for Research, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University
3. Issues in Research and Administration Efficiency and Compliance
The Efficiency and Compliance Task Force (formerly known as Grants.gov Task Force) has a new and expanded mission to structure resources that will assist primarily pre-award research administrators to find information regarding policies, templates, frequently asked questions, presentations, etc. This roundtable will give participants a chance to consider what resources should be made available. Additionally,�participants will be asked to make suggestions for a planned �Frequently Asked Questions� in all areas of research and sponsored programs. The plan is to get the resources and a list of Q&As on the GRC website by March.
Carol Darstein, Co-Chair, GRC Efficiency and Compliance Task Force, and Director, Pre-Award and Contract Services, Research Foundation of SUNY, Buffalo State College
4. Update on GRC's Faculty Alert Resource
During this discussion you will hear about the latest update to GRC's Faculty Alert System. Faculty can now set up their deadline alerts online to get monthly notifications sent directly to their work email! They can also review their request and make adjustments online. Questions and comments welcome.
Allyson Lords, Staff Associate, Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Third Time's a Charm: A Case Study on Revising a Declined NSF Proposal
That wonderful proposal for exciting science has just been declined. Again. The program officer will tell you "there are many good proposals for good projects that don't get funded," which is certainly true, but not really helpful. What should be done next? Michael Briley, a former rotator in NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences, has overseen the review of hundreds of proposals, some more than once. In this session he will give an overview of the NSF review process and discuss different strategies for tuning that proposal to be even more attractive to reviewers the next time through.
Michael Briley, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Appalachian State University