Register Today - Space is Limited and Savings End Soon for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration: Washington, D.C. - May 2-4, 2018

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-148

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Release Date: March 9, 2018  

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Why is the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration such a valuable and unique opportunity for those new to working with the NIH grants process and policies?  Why do you need to register as soon as possible? We could say it over and over, but check it out for yourself…

  • Over 700 investigators, research administrators, grant writers and others working with NIH grants and contracts will be in attendance from almost every state and numerous countries around the globe. (This means session questions and discussions from those with roles similar to yours.)

  • Over 65 presenters including NIH officials representing Program, Grants Management, Review, and the OER Policy office.  HHS experts from OHRP, OIG & ORI. (See the online Faculty Page for details).  

  • Over 40 additional NIH Institute and Center staff will be available for smaller, more personal discussion opportunities in our "1:1 Meet the Experts" chats.

  • Over 45 different topics during the 2-day seminar within 3 unique tracks based on roles: Administrators, New Investigators, and All Interests (specialty topics). An agenda and list of session descriptions are available.

  • Over-the-top opportunities to learn even more during the Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops on topics such as electronic Research Administration (eRA), Human Subject Research Protections (collaboration between OHRP & NIH), Intellectual Property & iEdison, and an Administrators Boot Camp.   

  • On Saturday, March 17…General Registration Rates will be over and Late Registration begins!  These seminars traditionally reach capacity weeks before the event, so don't miss out!

If you think this seminar sounds like this seminar offers opportunities that could benefit you and the following dates and location work out, then what are you waiting for?

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 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, foreign collaborations,, public access, and so much more. 

Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops offered
A variety of optional workshops are offered on the day prior to the 2-day seminar for attendees wanting a more in-depth look at various grants policies and processes.  These include half-day and full day options.  NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) experts provide a workshop on application preparation and submission, as well as topic issues related to the eRA Commons; policy and grants management experts provide a half-day NIH Boot Camp designed for administrators with no or very little experience working with NIH; for those involved in Intellectual Property policies and iEdison, NIH experts will be providing two workshop options; and a full day OHRP-NIH workshop provides guidance 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 65-70 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.  See our online Faculty Page for a full listing. 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
  • HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
  • HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

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 700-800 participants are expected, providing extended opportunities for sharing and learning from peers, as well as the NIH & HHS 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 is open for the Washington, DC NIH Regional Seminar, but space is filling fast. In addition, the special rate rooms at the seminar hotel are almost gone!

Are there other dates and locations?
The NIH Regional Seminar is offered once or twice each calendar year.  Plans are underway for a Spring 2019 seminar but the dates and location have not been confirmed at this time.  In addition, there is a possibility of a second seminar this year in October.  If you are unable to attend the Spring seminar in Washington, D.C., then watch for updates in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, as well as on the NIH Regional Seminar Home Page.


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