New to Working with the NIH Grants Process & Policies? Don t Miss the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration Phoenix, AZ Nov. 6-8, 2019

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-144

Key Dates
Release Date: September 13, 2019

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Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)


Are you a research administrator, investigator, grant writer, or have another role at your institution which involves working with the NIH grants process?

Are you new or feel that a better understanding of the NIH grants process and related policies could be a benefit in your job?

If so, then don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the Fall 2019 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. Take advantage of our General Registration Rates which are in effect until Oct. 11. Read on and be sure to view highlights filmed at a recent seminar to see if this is right for you (2-Minute Overview Video).

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Phoenix
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday & Friday, Nov. 7-8: 2-Day Seminar

What have some recent attendees shared with us about their experience?

  • Fantastic conference, thank you! As a post-doc and NIH-trainee, the seminar was very informative and helped me to navigate the NIH, as well as feel more prepared for my future.
  • Meet the Experts was great! Presenters were outstanding very knowledgeable.
  • I found the pre-seminar workshops to be very helpful and informative.
  • My first time here it was great! Many/all [of my] questions were answered.

Now that we have your interest here’s even more!

  • 75 NIH & HHS presenters: Review, program, grants management and policy officials are looking forward to sharing their expertise and guidance.
  • 1:1 Meet the Experts: Our NIH & HHS experts are available for 20-minute conversations throughout the seminar to help provide more personal guidance.
  • 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).
  • 3 Tracks and over 45 different topics: Within the seminar’s 3 tracks for Administrators, New Investigators and All Interests, you’ll find topics that cover the fundamentals, Peer Review Process, budgets, grant writing, research integrity, compliance, humans and animals in research, pre-award and post-award issues, contracts, and so much more! Review the draft agenda and list of session descriptions today! (Check out the 2-Day Seminar Agenda.)

Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops also 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, Nov. 6.

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?
Now - registration is open! These seminars often reach capacity before the seminar dates so register today while General Registration Rates are still in effect. (Rates increase on Oct. 12.) A $50 "Trainee Discount" is also offered and information is available on the Registration Page.

Is there a special hotel room rate for seminar participants?
Yes - but make your reservation today. A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted seminar rate at the venue hotel.

Are there other dates and locations?
Plans for a Spring 2020 NIH Regional Seminar are underway for April in Baltimore, MD. Please check the general NIH Regional Seminar Home Page for updates. (ListServ info also available.)


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