NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 10, March 11, 1994



National Institutes of Health


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring an NIH Regional

Seminar on Special Topics May 18-19, 1994, at the Condado Plaza Hotel

in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This seminar is being offered in

conjunction with the Society of Research Administrators (SRA)

Southern Section and the National Council of University Research

Administrators (NCURA) Region III (Southeastern), whose combined

regional meeting will be held on May 15-18, 1994 at the same

location.  This 1.5-day seminar will be of interest to both new and

senior research administrators and investigators, focusing on special

topics.  The "NIH Update" will be offered during the regular program

of the SRA/NCURA regional meeting.

The NIH seminar will begin at noon on May 18, with a Fundamentals

Workshop.  This workshop is designed for research administrators and

investigators from minority and less research-intensive institutions.

The workshop will cover organization of sponsored projects offices,

the NIH award mechanisms, application process, peer review, and NIH

research administration (grants management and program, pre- and

post-award).  Staff from established grantee institutions are also

strongly encouraged to attend this workshop in order to join in the

discussions, network with other participants, and to facilitate the

interaction and dialogue during Thursday's workshop.

The full-day special topic workshop on May 19 will be on Project

Monitoring -- Streamlining Research Administration.  This workshop is

intended to enable a dialogue between NIH staff and institutional

officials regarding the requirements for proper stewardship of

Federal funds, both from the agency perspective and the institutional

perspective.  Specifically, panel presentations by NIH and grantee

institution staff, as well as a joint panel of both, will address

such issues as project reporting (progress and financial),

institutional and project-specific assurances, preaward costs versus

deficit spending, change of scope, unobligated balances, rebudgeting,

research integrity, the responsible conduct of research, and conflict

of interest.  SRA has agreed to produce a discussion paper featuring

the highlights of this workshop.


Seminar Leader

Geoffrey Grant, Acting Director

Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

Seminar Coordinator (NIH)

Joellen Harper, NIH Grants Policy Office, 301/496-5967

Seminar Coordinator (SRA)

Frederick B. Mesler, Texas A&M Research Foundation, 409/845-8629

Seminar Registration

Advance seminar registration is required by May 2, 1994.  For

registration materials, send a fax that provides your name,

institution, address, telephone number, and anticipated number of

registrants to:  Frederick B. Mesler, FAX:  409/845-7143.  Allow 7 to

10 days for receipt of the materials.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the 1.5-day NIH seminar is $125.  This fee

includes the materials for both workshops, as well as lunch on

Wednesday, the reception on Wednesday evening, and continental

breakfast and lunch on Thursday.


The seminar will be held at the Condado Plaza Hotel.  Hotel

reservations can be made directly by calling 800/624-0420 or 809/721-

1000.  A special room rate of $120 is being offered to conference

participants.  The cut-off date is April 2, 1994.  (After that date,

the negotiated room rate cannot be guaranteed.)  Reference the NIH

Regional Seminar when making reservations.


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