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Join Me and Many Other NIH Experts at the NIH Regional Seminar

One of my favorite opportunities to meet face-to-face with the extramural research community each year is at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. If you or someone you know is new to working with NIH – or maybe just in need of a brush up on NIH funding and related topics – consider joining me June 26-27 in Baltimore, MD for the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar.

During the 2 day seminar I will be joined by approximately 40 NIH and HHS colleagues who are looking forward to exchanging ideas with researchers, research administrators, students, and others involved in the grants process from institutions around the globe. We’ll be bringing policy experts, grants managers, scientific program and review officials, and others to ensure we can answer all of your NIH grant related questions.

I’ll be kicking off the seminar and leading a session called Rock Talk which, like this blog, will be a candid discussion of hot topics and big picture issues in the minds of NIH leadership. Throughout the seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions designed to give you a better understanding of the grants process and related policies. While our Wednesday workshop on eRA Commons is already sold out, there are several sessions devoted to eRA, and our eRA staff will be available at the eRA booth during the Thursday-Friday seminar to answer your questions. Other session topics include the NIH peer review process, grant writing, compliance, budget basics, human and animal subjects, public access, data sharing, career development, training grants, advanced administrative topics, small business grants, and much more. And, of course, we provide ample opportunities for networking with presenters and attendees, as well.

If you’re interested in joining us, check out the program agenda and registration info on the 2014 seminar website. The seminar will be information-packed and is a great opportunity to make personal connections with NIH staff. I always enjoy having the opportunity to interact with those new to NIH, as well as those of you who visit us year after year.

Early registration rates end on April 29, so register this week and save. We also offer a “trainee discount” available to grad students and postdocs.  Last year, the seminar registration reached capacity prior to the event, so I encourage you to consider this opportunity soon. We hope to see you there!

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