NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 25, August 1, 1997


P.T. 34


  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


National Institutes of Health


A regional seminar covering topics related to program funding and

grants administration at the National Institutes of Health has been

scheduled  for September 4-5, 1997, in Nashville, Tennessee.  This

seminar, hosted by Vanderbilt University, is designed to attract

participants from the southeast  region, although interested

individuals from other regions are welcome to participate.

Individuals from small and minority colleges, for-profit research

organizations, hospitals, universities and medical centers are

encouraged to attend.  The format of this two-day seminar will be

plenary in nature and will provide information of interest to both

academic researchers and new and senior research administrators.


Discussions of current issues that affect NIH  funding and grants

administration will be featured to give seminar participants a

comprehensive view of NIH-sponsored research.  Topics that will be

addressed include: Evaluation of Science through Peer Review;

Preparation of the Scientific Research Plan; Development of Institute

Priorities and Funding Plans; Pre-award Budget Issues; Project

Monitoring; Institutional Compliance; and Electronic Research

Administration.  NIH faculty for the seminar will be drawn from a

cross-section of institutes and centers to represent the range of

extramural functions, including scientific review, program, and

grants management.  NIH staff who have been invited to participate

include Mr. Geoffrey Grant, Office of Policy for Extramural Research

Administration (OPERA); Dr. Eileen Bradley, Division of Research

Grants; Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, National Cancer Institute; Dr. Della

Hann, National Institute of Mental Health; Ms. Joellen Harper,

Division of Grants Policy, OPERA; Ms. Diana Jaeger, Division of

Grants Policy, OPERA; Ms. Mary Kirker, National Institute of Allergy

and Infectious Diseases; and Mr. David Mineo, National Institute of

Environmental Health Sciences.




Seminar Leader:

Geoffrey Grant, Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research



Seminar Coordinator (NIH):

David Mineo, Chief, Grants Management Branch, National Institute of

Environmental Health Sciences



Seminar Coordinator (Vanderbilt University):

Steven Smartt, Director, Division of Sponsored Research



Seminar Dates:  Thursday and Friday, September 4-5, 1997



Loew's Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel

2100 West End Ave

Nashville, TN


Room reservations should be made directly with the Loew's Vanderbilt

Plaza hotel by calling 1-800-336-3335.  A block of rooms has been

reserved for seminar participants at the Loew's Vanderbilt Plaza

Hotel at a rate of $115 per night, single or double occupancy.  The

conference rate is also available for participants  who arrive prior

to or depart after the conference dates.  Participants should

reference the NIH Regional  Seminar when you call.  Reservations must

be made by August 3 in order to receive the negotiated conference

room rate.


Registration Fee:  $135

The registration fee will cover continental breakfast and lunch on

Thursday and Friday, a reception on Thursday evening, and all seminar



Registration and Inquiries:

Steven Smartt at Vanderbilt University is coordinating logistics for

the host institution and may be contacted for registration materials.

Interested individuals may request registration materials by sending

an email message containing your name, title, institution, address,

telephone number, and anticipated number of registrants to: (Note: the "uansv1" character string in

this address includes a numeral "1" rather than the letter "l").

Requests for registration materials may also be made by fax at

615/322-3827 or by mail to Vanderbilt University, Division of

Sponsored Research, ATTN: NIH Seminar, 512 Kirkland Hall, Nashville,

TN  37240.



Beginning in fiscal year 1998, NIH plans to resume offering one or

two regional seminars per year in different regions of the country.

At this time, the dates and locations of future seminars have not yet

been determined, although it is likely that one of the FY 1998

seminars will be offered in the west/northwest.  Information on

upcoming regional seminars will be published in the NIH Guide and on

the NIH homepage as soon as it becomes available.



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