Top 5 Reasons to Attend a 2017 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

#1:  Learning about the NIH grants process and polices directly from approximately about 65 NIH & HHS Program, Grants, Review and Policy Officials…all in a central location.

#2:  Sharing information and experiences with presenters and your peers in workshops and sessions.

#3: Connecting with approximately 600 other researchers and administrators who are attending for the same reasons you are.

#4: Meeting with experts 1:1 to get more specific questions answered.  Make your appointment to have 15 minute conversations with one or more NIH or HHS experts.

#5: Collecting resources to share with faculty, staff, and your peers in your lab or office back home…including online tools, PowerPoints, and contacts.

Are you an investigator or research administrator new to working with the NIH grants process?  If so, then don’t let the 2017 NIH Regional Seminars pass you by. Registration is underway for the Spring seminar in New Orleans, LA (May 3-5). If these dates or location don’t work for you, consider the Fall seminar in Baltimore, MD (October 25-27, 2017).

Start off your NIH Regional Seminar experience on the first day by attending one or two of the optional pre-seminar half-day workshops for an in-depth look at various topics, including intellectual property and iEdison,  electronic Research Administration (eRA), or a research administrator boot camp. As a full-day option, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and theNIH have collaborated on a workshop on human research protections that is designed to help you understand institutional review board (IRB) approval processes.

During the two-day seminar, three “tracks” of concurrent sessions for research administrators, new investigators, and general interest cover over 45 different topics.  You have the choice to stay in one track or customize your experience as you move between tracks based on the topics of interest.

  • Administrators’ Track – provides sessions that cover the latest grants policies and processes shared by NIH policy and grants management officials, including topics like budget basics, current grants policy issues at NIH, federal policy updates, compliance strategies for success, etc.
  • New Investigator’s Track – offers step-by-step guide to mapping your career with NIH and assistance with understanding the process. Gain a better understanding of the NIH peer review process with our “live” mock study section session.
  • All Interest Track – includes a variety of special topic sessions, including: scientific rigor and reproducibility, NIH’s public access policy, research integrity, biosketch, animals in research, human subjects research, clinical trials, research contracts, and so much more!

Hotel rooms are also available at a reduced rate but are filling fast. In addition, graduate students and postdocs can take advantage of a special $50 trainee discount throughout the registration period, as long as space is available.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the NIH Regional Seminars this year…and the opportunity to get your questions answered!  We hope to see you there! For more information and agendas, visit the New Orleans and Baltimore seminar websites. You can also watch for updates through notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.


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