FROM OPEN MIKE
by: Mike Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research
As everything has gone virtual these days, so do we. Join us from your favorite chair, at your favorite table, and in your favorite room for the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration at the end of October.
Some things will remain the same…
This event is still geared towards administrators, early stage investigators, graduate students, and others new to working with the NIH grants process. Pros will be delighted to hear as well that there will still be in-depth sessions to learn more about the ins and outs of grants policies, processes and programs.
…while some things will be different.
The most obvious is it is virtual this year. This is a great, unique way for those who have been unable to travel to one of our Regional Seminars in the past, to get the information and answers to questions they seek. We’ll meet in the afternoons (Eastern Standard Time) over four days, from Tuesday October 27 through Friday October 30.
Also new this year will be over 40 virtual booths for each of NIH’s institutes, centers, and offices, some trans-NIH programs, as well as policy, compliance, eRA, MyNCBI and more. As most booths will be staffed by NIH and HHS experts, this is an unprecedented opportunity to get your questions answered, learn more about NIH funding opportunities and programs, and download valuable resources to your personal “swag bag”.
Sessions are focused on the NIH grants process, programs and policies and allow for Q&A. Stick around Tuesday through Thursday for some “after hours” panel discussions on the future of the workforce as well, including enhancing diversity and mentoring. The full agenda is here. If you miss a session, don’t worry, recordings will be available the following day. And, there will be an On-Demand Library of additional presentations. So, feel free and drop in on sessions of interest and catch any you miss later.
We know many of us enjoyed sharing ideas and connecting with others at past NIH Regional Seminars in person. Now we will do it virtually in the NIH Lounge. You will find chat rooms here for administrators and researchers reflecting on their experience with the NIH grants process, early-stage investigators sharing information about relevant policies, international visitors wanting to make global connections, and a proposal writers meet and greet. Leave some ideas on the Wonderwall too on ways NIH can continue supporting the research enterprise going forward.
And, if that is not enough, the best part of it all is the event is free. Don’t miss out, register today
! We look forward to seeing you soon.