GRC Virtual Conference Sessions: Aug. 23 - Aug. 25

OSP will present a series of virtual conference sessions from the Grants Resource Center's (GRC) 2010 External Funding Conference, Monday, Aug. 23-Wednesday, Aug. 25.  UNI faculty and staff are invited to attend any or all of the virtual sessions.  All sessions will be presented in the Office of Sponsored Programs (213 East Bartlett Hall) unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact OSP at 273-3217.

Schedule of sessions:

Monday, Aug. 23

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote I: Teacher Education Policy Overview
With the pending reauthorization of the Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind, change is definitely coming in Washington.  In this session, the speaker will give perspectives on how this upcoming policy change will affect teacher education programs over the next several years.
Gary Huggins, Director of the Commission on No Child Left Behind, Aspen Institute (invited)

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote II: Science Policy and Funding
With the pending reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act comes debate on which agencies (the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Standards and Technology) and topics (climate change, STEM education, national defense, healthcare, and innovation) will take greatest priority. This session will describe the expectations for discretionary science funding during the next two fiscal years, followed by agency and field perspectives on grants administration.
David Blockstein, Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment
Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, Aug. 24

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Foundation Center: Trends in Private Giving
The speaker will discuss one of philanthropy's largest and growing sources of funding, private foundations. She also will demonstrate some of the tools and resources available for institutions to work with to find private funding opportunities that meet their needs.
Patricia Pasqual, Director of the DC Office of the Foundation Center

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:

NIH and NSF Social and Behavioral Sciences Research
Because there is no U.S. Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, finding support for projects in these areas is not often obvious. There are, however, divisions within the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, that promote funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research.
Ron Abeles, Office of the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
Fahmida Chowdhurry, Program Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

Overview of NIJ Grant Programs
The National Institute of Justice is the primary research office of the U.S. Department of Justice.  This session will explore the myriad opportunities available within NIJ, including pending priorities for FY 11.
Angela Moore, Division Director, Justice Systems Research Division, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

International Research and Educational Partnerships in Developing Countries
As the world becomes increasingly global, many organizations are providing a myriad of international funding opportunities for IHEs. The session will highlight opportunities provided by NIH's Fogarty International Center, which promotes health-related research funding to the developing world. The session will also highlight funding opportunities from Higher Education for Development, which coordinates the engagement of the higher education community to address development challenges.
Jeanne McDermott, Program Officer, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
Roy Zimmermann, Director, Programs, Higher Education for Development

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

ONR's Support for STEM Education
The Office of Naval Research recently released a program announcement in support of education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The speaker will address, among other things, ONR's support for teacher STEM education and training.
Anthony Junior, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)

Wednesday, Aug. 25

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

What's New With TRIO: Member-Led Q&A
Application delays, new five-year cycle, Upward Bound evaluation debacle...TRIO has been entangled in more than its share of controversies over the last few years.  But, TRIO is still the hallmark of the U.S. Department of Education. This general session will be an informal opportunity for participants to ask questions and generate discussion about upcoming TRIO program competitions and what to expect in the future with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Virginia Pinkney, Senior Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Gaby Watts, Program Officer, U.S. Department of Education

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

NSF Policy Update
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, National Science Foundation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Leveraging Grant Awards
Successful proposal development efforts advance investigators' careers, enhance student learning, and improve the institution as a whole. But one-time funding such as Recovery Act awards, challenge grants, and construction grants demand efforts to leverage the funding strategically and, often, creatively. Participants in this session will learn transferrable, adaptable strategies for spotting opportunities to leverage funding, working through institutional channels, and providing research and sponsored programs leadership to extend the impact of grant awards.
Teresa Wilke, Director of Grant Development, Southeast Missouri State University