Early Registration Rates In Effect Until Dec. 31 for NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration – Baltimore, MD – April 20-22, 2020
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December 11, 2019

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It may be cold outside in your part of the world, but the savings are hot right now for the Spring 2020 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. Now through December 31, 2019, you can take advantage of Early Registration Rates. Don’t wait too long though, rates increase on Jan. 1.

If you are you new to working with the NIH grants process as a research administrator, investigator, or perhaps a grant writer…then you should be making plans to attend this seminar! Read on and be sure to view highlights filmed at a recent seminar to see if this opportunity is right for you (2-Minute Overview Video).

This NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides a unique opportunity to bring new investigators and research administrators from around the globe together with over 100 NIH & HHS experts in one location.

Where and when is the 2020 Spring NIH Regional Seminar?

  • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore Maryland
  • Monday, April 20: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Tuesday, April 21 – Wednesday, April 22: 2-Day Seminar
    Now that we have your interest…here’s even more!
  • Over 70 NIH Presenters: Review, program, grants management and policy officials are looking forward to sharing their expertise and 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).
  • 1:1 Meet the Experts: Over 30 additional NIH experts from NIH Institutes and Centers are available for 20-minute conversations throughout the seminar to help provide more personal guidance.
  • 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 ½ day and full day options on Monday, April 20.

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 700-850 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. A $50 "Trainee Discount" is also available for qualified attendees. More information is available on the Registration Page.

Is there a special hotel room rate for seminar participants?
Yes, but rooms are limited and are expected to sell out quickly due to the competitive rate for the area.

Are there other dates and locations?
If the Baltimore seminar dates or location don’t work with your schedule, consider the Fall 2020 NIH Regional Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee – October 28-30. Registration will open for the Nashville seminar in late January. Please check the general NIH Regional Seminar Home Page for updates. (ListServ info also available.)


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