Early Registration Ends June 29 for Fall 2018 NIH Regional Seminar in San Francisco, CA

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-192

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Release Date: June 14, 2018

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Don't miss your opportunity to take part in the Fall 2018 NIH Regional Seminar in San Francisco, California from October 17-19. Each year, new investigators, research administrators, and those new to working with NIH grants and contracts, participate in the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. This 2-day seminar, with a 3rd day of optional workshops, provides a wealth of information for those who desire a better understanding of how the NIH grants process works and the policies behind it all.

Interested? Read on

  • 65 NIH & HHS presenters: Review, program, grants management and policy officials are looking forward to sharing their expertise and guidance.
  • 1:1 Meet the Experts: You'll have the opportunity to meet with an expert of your choice for a 15-20 minute conversation during the 2-day seminar. Often mentioned in our evaluations as one of the most valuable components of this event.
  • HHS experts: Hear from and talk to experts from the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), Office of Inspector General (OIG) & Office of Research Integrity (ORI).
  • A variety of NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) represented: A great opportunity to receive guidance and hear expert perspectives from a variety of NIH ICs.
  • Over 45 different topics: You ll find a wide variety of seminar topics included in 3 tracks during the 2-day seminar, including a track for Administrators, New Investigators and All Interests. Review the draft agenda and list of session descriptions today!
  • Interested in delving into some topics even more than what a 1-hour session can provide? Then, consider the Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops on topics such as electronic Research Administration (eRA), Human Subject Research Protections, Intellectual Property & iEdison, and an Administrators Boot Camp.

Early Registration Rates end on Friday, June 29! Rates will increase after midnight, so take advantage of the savings and register today for the 2018 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in San Francisco:

What does the 2-day seminar offer?
The NIH Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program 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. In addition to providing higher level topics that provide insight into the leadership perspective NIH's approach to funding and support of the biomedical research enterprise, we offer additional special interest sessions on topics like research integrity, foreign collaborations, clinical trials, 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 day and full day options on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Half Day:

  • NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) experts provide workshops on application preparation and submission, as well as topic issues related to the eRA Commons;
  • "NIH Boot Camp: Getting Started with NIH" is designed for research administrators with no or very little experience working with NIH; and
  • Intellectual Property experts will provide two workshop options depending on your knowledge level.

Full Day:

  • Workshop on Human Research Protections: OHRP & NIH collaborate to provide this workshop on how to get research protocols through human subjects review.

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. The presentations during the 2-day seminar are considered basic fundamentals. However, there are a few sessions designed for those with slightly more experience. Approximately 650-850 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! Early Registration Rates end on Friday, June 29 and General Registration Rates will go into effect. 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.)

Are there other dates and locations?
Plans are underway for the Spring 2019 NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore, MD. Please check the general NIH Regional Seminar home page for updates at https://grants.nih.gov/news/contact-in-person/seminars.htm (ListServ info also available).


Please direct all inquiries to:

Fall 2018 NIH Regional Seminar Website San Francisco, CA:

October 17-19, 2018: 2018 NIH Regional Seminar San Francisco, CA

General NIH Regional Seminar Home Page:


Inquiry Email: NIHRegionalSeminars@mail.nih.gov