NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD - Save the Date - May 6-8, 2015

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The highly anticipated dates for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland are here! Mark your calendar for May 6-8, 2015.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday-Friday, May 7-8, 2015: 2-Day Seminar
  • Venue and Seminar Hotel: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
  • Seminar & Workshop Registration: The registration process is being finalized and will be announced in early 2015.
  • Room Reservations: Special rates will be available and also announced in early 2015.

(Sample registration and room prices are available on last year's Regional Web site available on the Regional Seminar home page.)

What does the 2-day seminar offer?

The NIH Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program for the NIH extramural community about the NIH grants process and related policies, including such topics as Fundamentals of the NIH, compliance, peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, animal and human subject research, and how to interact electronically with NIH. In addition to a strong, track for of sessions for administrators, a redesigned track for new investigators will provide step-by-step guidance on mapping your career, an understanding of the funding process and what can be expected up to the time of award. To add to the array of topic choices, special interest sessions are provided on topics like research integrity, data sharing, foreign collaborations, and more. .

New Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops offered

The electronic Research Administration experts will once again be offering optional 1/2 day workshops on application preparation and submission, as well as the topic issues related to the eRA Commons. In addition, we've added 2 new optional workshop opportunities, never offered before. This year, you'll also have the chance to participate in a 1/2 day NIH Boot Camp designed for administrators as well as a full day workshop for investigators on how to get research protocols through human subjects review.

Who will be there from NIH and HHS?

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and attend sessions provided by approximately 45 NIH and HHS policy officers, grants management, review and program officials, as well as NIH senior leadership all in a central location and ready to share their knowledge and experiences. Many other Institutes from NIH will be represented for 1:1 opportunities that provide attendees 10-15 minute discussions with experts in a small setting throughout the 2-day seminar.

Who should attend?

The NIH Regional Seminar is intended for those new to the grants process, including sponsored project officers and departmental administrators, investigators, faculty, graduate students, and others involved in the NIH grants process. Over the course of two days, it also provides an opportunity to those with more experience to obtain updates on grants policies and procedures.

Approximately 600-700 attendees are expected, providing extended opportunities for sharing and learning from peers as well as the NIH experts.

What's the goal of the Seminar?

The goal of the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is to offer participants an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs, network with their peers, gather helpful NIH contacts, so that they may return to their offices and/or labs with useful information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards.

When can you register?

Registration will open in early 2015! When it becomes available, an announcement will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, as well as on the NIH Regional Seminar home page. These seminars often reach capacity before the seminar dates so start making plans soon. Once again, a "Trainee Discount" will be offered (further details on the registration site.)

Watch for Info on a 2nd Regional Seminar

We are currently planning to offer a 2nd NIH Regional Seminar in late summer or early fall 2015. Negotiations are underway and a NIH Guide Notice will be published when an official announcement is ready.

We hope to see you in 2015!


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