I’m excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity for our extramural research community that’s headed to the west coast this fall! For the first time in several years, the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be offered in the western half of the United States. This 2-day event, with an optional pre-seminar workshop day, will take place in San Diego from October 14 to October 16, 2015.
Just like our NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland which took place in May, we’ll have more than 50 NIH and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff sharing the latest updates and guidance on NIH initiatives, policies, and updates on the NIH grants process. Plan on joining us to learn about topics ranging from peer review and grant writing to NIH’s implementation of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance, special grant programs and finding the right funding opportunity, animals and human subjects in research, pre- and post- award management, and much, much more. Opportunities to participate in the 1-on-1 Meet the Experts and open Q&A sessions ensure you can get your specific questions answered and receive individual guidance. If you are new to working with NIH – or maybe just in need of a brush-up on NIH funding and grant policy-related topics – consider joining us.
In addition to our ever-popular eRA pre-seminar workshops, we’ve added two new ones for 2015 that were hits at our regional seminar in Baltimore: an all-day workshop on human subject research protections, provided by the HHS Office of Human Research Protections and NIH, as well as a half-day administrators’ boot camp for those who are truly novices when it comes to working with NIH and the grants process.
Whether you are a scientist, research administrator or in another important role that works with NIH grants, I think you’ll find this to be a valuable learning experience. Perhaps even more valuable is the opportunity to network and build relationships with NIH, HHS, and your colleagues. These meetings provide a face and voice to NIH and HHS, while sharing the latest policy and process news. Networking opportunities aren’t just limited to meeting NIH and HHS experts — this event is a terrific opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with students, researchers and research administrators like you. We routinely have 10-20 different countries from around the world, as well as almost every state represented at each seminar, so it’s another great learning opportunity for attendees and presenters as they share information and experiences during the seminar.