Open Mike

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NIH IRL: Join Us at the NIH Regional Seminar

I recently mentioned how much I enjoy starting a conversation through the blog with you, the investigators, grants administrators, research staff, and others in the research community. It’s a great way to help connect you with my perspective, and mine with yours.  

At the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, I hold “Open Mike” sessions where I have no slides and no prepared remarks – I let the audience determine the topics we discuss. I love the opportunity for frank conversations about whatever is on your mind. While I meet with people in the grants community at many different events, the NIH Regional Seminar is one of my favorites because of the opportunity to hear in a common setting the perspectives and challenges of investigators and research administrators.

I’m not the only one who feels this way. We bring close to 100 staff from across NIH and HHS who are interested in making connections with you. The 1:1 Meet the Experts is an invaluable chance to sit down face-to-face with NIH staff to get answers to your questions or to offer you further guidance, straight from the source. Our attendees have provided feedback that getting to know NIH staff on an individual basis during the 1:1 sessions is one of the best aspects of the seminar, and my NIH colleagues agree.

In addition to providing a face and voice to NIH and HHS, the NIH Regional Seminar creates a learning experience where you can share your information and experiences as well as bring back useful resources to your teams. Over the course of the two days, NIH & HHS review, grants, program, and policy officials will be providing sessions on over 50 different topics. There is more in-depth content during the optional pre-seminar workshops.

Whether you are a scientist, research administrator or in another important role that works with NIH grants, I encourage you to take a look at the seminar agenda to choose the right sessions for your needs.

General Registration rates for Baltimore end Friday, March 29. Unfortunately, we can only hold these twice a year, so if the spring seminar location or dates aren’t ideal for you, the only other dates in 2019 will be in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-8.

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