Presentation slides from the External Funding Conference, August 19-22, 2012


Final Program

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Paris Ballroom
1:00 – 2:30 From Grassroots to Grants: Case Studies from the Mississippi Delta
This two-part session will provide details on the conception, execution, and assessment of faculty-initiated community development projects whose success has relied on broad-based institutional support and substantial coordination among diverse groups of state, regional, and community partners.
Robin Boyles, Director, Office of Institutional Grants, Delta State University (Strategic Plan)
Garry Jennings, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Madison Center, Delta State University


2:45 – 3:45 NIH RePORTER and Like This: Tools for the Development of NIH Grant Proposals
Paris Ballroom
How does a new faculty member know if an idea for a first NIH proposal is a good one? How does the researcher find out if anyone has already been funded for this idea? Will NIH be interested in the approach? Who at NIH will evaluate the proposal? These questions – and more – can be answered with the help of NIH’s web-based tools, RePORTER and Like This. In this session, a sample project will use these tools to find other researchers working on similar projects, recent publications relating to these projects, NIH program officials who are administering the projects, and the study sections that scored the proposals. When faculty members are proficient in the use of these NIH tools, the quality of their proposals and likelihood of success can be substantially increased.
Jack Blazyk, Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Dean for Research and Grants, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University


4:00 – 5:15 Positioning Faculty to Be Competitive PIs
Paris Ballroom
This session will continue the conversation begun with two Chronicle of Higher Education articles on “How Your Grant Proposal Compares” and “Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator.” Participants will learn strategies for helping faculty understand the importance of professional positioning in grantseeking.
David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research, Northern Illinois University


Monday, August 20, 2012

8:50 – 9:45 General Session
Paris Ballroom
NSF Update
This session will provide a comprehensive review of what is new and developing with the National Science Foundation's programs, policies, people, and budgets. Participants will learn about changes affecting their institutions and new programs of interest to their researchers.
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, National Science Foundation
Samantha Hunter, Policy Specialist, Policy Office, National Science Foundation


Sally Rockey
Sally Rockey

9:50 – 10:40 General Session
Paris Ballroom
NIH Update
This session will present a general National Institutes of Health update, including information about the biomedical workforce and strategies to manage tight budgets.
Sally Rockey, Deputy Director of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health





11:00 – 12:00
Paris Ballroom

Jennifer McNelly Jane Oates
Jennifer McNelly Jane Oates

Keynote: The Manufacturing Renaissance: Workforce Development and Federal Support
The U.S. is poised for a manufacturing renaissance, which requires higher education's response to the job creation, STEM education, and public-private partnership principles set forth under the last decade's competitiveness and recovery legislation. The keynote presentation will provide a high-level briefing on the U.S. manufacturing landscape, and detailed information on the priorities that will support attendees' efforts to answer the federal call for sector-spanning manufacturing education, research, and innovation.
Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers (Feedback Loop Questionnaire)
Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

1:15 – 2:00
Paris Ballroom
High-Priority Policy Issues in Higher Education
Federal policymakers are hearing a growing demand from the American people for more affordable access to college. These concerns are leading to stronger demands for accountability and transparency, and difficult decisions for managing more programming on reduced budgets. This session will provide information on the FY 13 budget outlook, along with several ideas under consideration in Congress and across the government to infuse more accountability and transparency into higher education for consumers.
Robert Moran, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Liz Clark, Director of Congressional Affairs, National Association of College and University Business Officers
Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding


2:10 – 3:00 Concurrent Sessions

Paris Ballroom
NSF Science of Broadening Participation
In FY 12, the National Science Foundation launched an effort to stimulate more research related to the Science of Broadening Participation. This session will provide details on the initiative and strategies for developing responsive proposals that will use cognitive, behavioral, social, and economic sciences to inform approaches to broadening participation and strengthening U.S. STEM capabilities.
Kellina Craig-Henderson, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation

What’s New with CCAMPIS?
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education by giving them access to campus-based child care services. Although it is not a TRIO program, CCAMPIS falls under the TRIO umbrella of support services and follows a four-year competition cycle. This session will provide information on new priorities anticipated for an FY 13 competition.
Josephine Hamilton, Program Officer, U.S. Department of Education
Antoinette, Clark, Program Officer, U.S. Department of Education


3:15 – 4:10 Concurrent Sessions

Jean ChinParis Ballroom
NIH Support for Non-Research Intensive Institutions
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program supports small-scale faculty projects involving undergraduate and graduate students at institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. This session will provide a program update, followed by a report from the GRC Health Research and Education Task Force.
Jack Blazyk, Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Dean for Research and Grants, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University
Jean Chin, Program Director, Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health
David Stone, Co-Chair, GRC Health Research and Education Task Force, and Associate Vice President for Research, Northern Illinois University


IMLS Programs for Colleges and Universities
As the Institute for Museum and Library Services consolidates grant programs and modernizes the definitions of “museum” and “library,” the eligibility rules have changed as well. This session will clarify how IMLS funds colleges and universities directly and through partnerships, and a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program awardee will share strategies for success.
Robert Horton, Associate Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, Institute for Museum and Library Services


4:15 – 5:10 Concurrent Sessions
Paris Ballroom
AHRQ Infrastructure Program Update
Paris Ballroom
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Infrastructure Program is designed to enhance existing research capacity in emerging academic and applied research institutions to address comparative effectiveness research within the context of patient-centered outcomes research. This session will present overview of the program.
Kay Anderson, Program Director, Infrastructure Development Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Sunil IyengarMadeleine
New at NEA: Research Grants and Interdisciplinary Work
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has had a very dynamic year. Grant programs have been consolidated under the Art Works umbrella. Our Town closed a second competition in March, solidifying creative placemaking as an agency-wide priority. NEA has also been engaged in a great deal of interdisciplinary work, most notably in health and economics. This session will include an update on the NEA-led Arts and Human Development Task Force.
Sunil Iyengar, Director, Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

8:30 – 9:20 General Session
Paris Ballroom
From the Other Side of the Table: The Foundation Perspective
Private sector funding has never been more necessary, or more complicated. Most foundations are balancing an increase in application volume with stagnant endowment growth. Meanwhile, the start-up culture and impact giving trends are affecting the types of awards available and the strings attached to them. Chronicle of Philanthropy editor Stacy Palmer, who has been at the helm of the paper since its founding in 1988, will share her impressions on how current trends are changing the way funding requests are viewed.
Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

9:30 – 10:20 General Session
Paris Ballroom
Building Funding and Capacity for Regional Development
Participants will receive a new GRC guide to funding opportunities for community and economic development initiatives, and will learn strategies for using research and sponsored programs to advance community engagement initiatives.
Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Vice Provost for Research & Engagement, Plymouth State University


10:40 – 11:30 Concurrent Sessions
Paris Ballroom
NEH/NSF Documenting Endangered Languages
One of the longest standing and most successful interagency initiatives is Documenting Endangered Languages, administered cooperatively by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. This session will feature competition details and advice from the perspective of both agencies and from the program’s featured awardee from the University of North Texas.
Shobhana Chelliah, Program Officer, Documenting Endangered Languages, National Science Foundation
Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities

The Inside Story on Securing DoD’s AFOSR Funding
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory, whose mission is to discover, shape, and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force. This session will focus on the mechanics of applying for BAAs offered through AFOSR, the BAA review process, and helpful advice on what it takes to be successful at securing AFOSR funding.
Thomas Kim, Chief, Plans and Budget, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Defense
Neville Thompson, Deputy Chief, Plans and Budget, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Defense�


1:00– 1:50 Concurrent Sessions

Fred Winter
Fred Winter

Paris Ballroom
Continuing the Comprehensives: Sustaining Programs as FIPSE Moves in a New Direction 
Once a mainstay within the U.S. Department of Education, the Comprehensive Program is currently suspended while focus has turned to other FIPSE programs. Because of this, innovative programs that would have relied on the Comprehensive Program in the past now have to refocus their efforts on other funding sources. This session will highlight former programs that have been successful in their sustainability efforts and give a brief overview of what stakeholders can next expect from the FIPSE office.
Frederick Winter, Program Officer, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education


NSF Discovery Research K-12
The National Science Foundation’s Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) supports practical research partnerships to improve STEM teaching and learning for pre-K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents. This session will provide a program update and give details on framing competitive proposals to solve STEM education challenges.
David Campbell, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation


2:00 – 2:50 Concurrent Sessions
Paris Ballroom
International Potpourri
This session will give attendees the opportunity to take a trip around the world of lesser-known international organizations that award grants to U.S. researchers. During the hour, attendees will hear brief presentations from five different organizations on how to be competitive.
Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies
Nichole Duncan, Office of Scholarships, Training and Capacity Strengthening, Organization of American States
Jérôme Ferrand, Deputy Attaché for Scientific Cooperation and Policy, Embassy of France
Fumiyo Kaneko, Deputy Director of Washington Office, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Margaret Mihori, Associate Executive Director, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Ana María Ortiz Senior, Office of Scholarships, Training and Capacity Strengthening, Organization of American States

HRSA’s Grants Technical Outreach Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has recently established a technical outreach program to help potential grantees find the right grant program, write a strong proposal, understand the review process. The speaker will give an overview of this new resource.
Michael Nelson, Associate Administrator, Office of Federal Assistance Management, Health Resources and Services Administration


3:05 – 4:15 General Session
Paris Ballroom
From Spin Out to High Growth – Higher Ed’s Evolving Role
This session will provide analysis on the emerging and evolving roles colleges and universities play in the early-stage growth of startup companies.
Paul Corson, Advisor to the President for Strategic Partnerships, Lorain County Community College
Robert Behunin, Vice President for Commercialization & Regional Development, Utah State University
Letitia Green, Director and Co-Founder, Virginia Active Angel Network and Faculty Member, University of Virginia
Timothy M. Stearns, Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies and Founder/Executive Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno
Paul Wetenhall, President and Executive Director, Ben Craig Center Business Incubator, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


4:20 – 5:20 Concurrent Roundtables
1. Federal Export Control Policy for Research, Sponsored Programs and Related Activities
This roundtable will provide an interactive and didactic forum for researchers and sponsored programs administrators to participate in cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives pertaining to the federal export control regulations and institutional best practices in ensuring adherence to the policy and in addressing serious and consequential implications for non-compliance by higher education stakeholders. No previous knowledge of and skills in export control laws are required.
M. Ehi Ayewoh, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research and University Designated Official on Export Control Matters, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Sara Eastwick, Grants Development Specialist, Office of Sponsored Research, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

2. Staying Afloat and Being Competitive: Special Challenges for MSIs
A good number of HBCUs and MSIs are relatively small and for many years, have relied heavily on state funding with less support from outside sources. This discussion will focus on the impact of the current drastic reductions in state funding on research and development. What are the challenges and what are some strategies that have been tried by other institutions faced with these challenges?
Facilitator: Ken Koroma, Associate Vice President, Office of Sponsored Program and Research Administration, Grambling State University

3. Uses for Social Media in Research Administration
Whether you are currently using social media technology as a learning or communications tool with your sponsored program users or are just interested in taking part in a lively discussion, please come share your creative thoughts and ideas about how you are, or we might, integrate this new technology into our daily work.  Media sure to be discussed will include podcasts, Skype, and Twitter; if you are familiar with others, we want to learn about them.  (If we have time, let’s also exchange information about helpful productivity tools that we use on our computer, iPAd, and iphone?)
Linda Patton, Director, Office of Extramural Funding Opportunities, California State University, Fullerton

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

8:00 – 8:50
Paris Ballroom
Breakfast Session: Resources for Efficiency and Compliance
The GRC Efficiency and Compliance Task Force is leading GRC’s efforts to create a clearinghouse of the information that research and sponsored programs administrators use to do their jobs well. This means creating new resources while identifying and indexing the range of excellent materials already available, but scattered throughout agencies and institutions. This session will be an opportunity for attendees to provide guidance, make requests, and learn about the progress made so far.
Syd Conner, Information Specialist, Sponsored Programs Administration, University of Southern Mississippi


9:00 – 9:50
Paris Ballroom
Protecting Human Subjects: OHRP Update 
Every institution engaged in the conduct of human subject research has the ethical responsibility to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects of the research are adequately protected.  This session will provide an update of recent OHRP activities related to human subject protections under the HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 46.
Freda Yoder, Division of Education and Development, Office for Human Research Protections


Kathleen Bergin10:00 – 11:00
Paris Ballroom
NSF Undergraduate Education Funding
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education is the primary source of NSF support for all GRC members. This session will provide targeted advice for members preparing proposals for any of the division’s three dozen competitions.
Kathleen Bergin, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation

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DC Performing Arts Scene

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Constellation Theatre

Improv Club