Are you a researcher, new or early career scientist, or research administrator interested in learning more about applying for NIH grants, mapping your career with NIH, or managing NIH awards? Consider attending one of the 2016 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD (May 11-13) or Chicago, IL (October 26-28). More than 60 NIH and HHS policy, review, program, and grants management officials will be on hand to share the latest updates and guidance on NIH-wide programs, policies, and updates on the NIH grants process, all in a central location. In addition to 45 different topics provided during the seminar, attendees have the opportunity to have 15 minute chats with NIH and HHS staff during the “1:1 Meet the Experts.” There is no limit to the number of staff members you can meet with during the 2-day seminar. In the post-seminar evaluations, attendees often note that these opportunities were some of the most valuable activities at the NIH Regional Seminar.
During the 2-day seminar, topics range from finding the right funding opportunity and understanding the NIH peer review process, to pre- and post-award management and compliance issues. You can also learn about the latest in tools and resources for applying for funding and managing their award [for example, electronic Research application (eRA) systems]. Special topic areas include humans and animals in research, intellectual property, rigor & reproducibility, and developing a biosketch. There are also sessions provided on the small business and loan repayment programs, research integrity, financial conflict of interest, compliance, and so much more.
An optional pre-seminar workshop day is also offered to focus in-depth on: human research protections (5.5 CME credits), research administration, electronic Research Administration (eRA) systems, or–new this year–intellectual property.
If you are new to working with NIH, train others at your institution, or maybe just in need of a brush-up on NIH funding and grant policy-related topics–you’ll find this a great opportunity to learn from NIH and HHS staff, as well as from approximately 600 of your peers from around the globe. Take a look at the NIH Regional Seminar home page for links to both seminars (agendas, registration, hotel specifics, and Listserv information).