Sponsors and Agencies (SA)

Covers: the nature of “sponsorship”; defining roles and responsibilities between sponsors, grantors, awardees; private sector sponsors: technology, foundations; state sponsorship issues; federal agency updates; new initiatives in research; international agency relations;  working with program officer leadership; and sponsoring agency rules.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

WS9: Foundation Funding - Is It Enough, Easy, and Worth It?
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Content level: Intermediate

Everyone needs to diversify their research funding. This workshop will concentrate specifically on finding appropriate foundations for funding. We’ll discuss differences in terminology, foundations’ different approach to indirect costs, and maintaining good relationships. Foundation staff that hold the proverbial purse strings will be on hand to discuss their practices, give tips, and offer actionable suggestions to make your proposal successful, while at the same time, help the foundations fulfill their mission. Whether your institution is rich or poor, in healthcare or agriculture, this session will help you be better prepared to seek and secure foundation funding.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify possible sources of foundation funding.
  2. Know the differences between a foundation grant and a government grant.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Kevin Titus, MBA, Business Director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Monday, May 8, 2017

M104: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): From Application Submission to Award Management
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Content level: Intermediate

Applying for and managing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awards can be challenging. While DARPA awards many projects to academic institutions and for-profit companies, they are not a well-known sponsor for most research administrators. In this presentation, the speaker will give a brief overview of DARPA, discuss where to find funding opportunities, explain how to respond to DARPA's funding announcements (BAAs) and address key issues to be aware of when managing DARPA grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The speaker will share his and colleagues' experiences on working with DARPA throughout the proposal submission process, transitioning from a "proposer" to a "performer" during the negotiating phases and working with the sponsor throughout the performance of the project.

Learning objectives:

  1. Effectively assist principal investigators throughout the application process by understanding the common funding announcement requirements.
  2. Identify key compliance and award management issues, including additional IRB/IACUC requirements and reporting obligations.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

William Helmrath, MSM, CRA, Grants and Contracts Coordinator, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

M204: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Update
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Content level: Basic

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about what is new and being developed within the National Institute of Health's (NIH) programs, policies, and budgets.  In this comprehensive review participants will learn about the newest policy updates and how their respective institutions may be impacted. Upon completion of the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about new and existing policies and procedures.  Topics include recent and upcoming changes to NIH policy, compliance requirements, and so much more!

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about NIH's budget priorities.
  2. Participants will learn about new policies and compliance initiatives.
  3. Participants will gain insight into current issues at NIH.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Shellie Wilburn, Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, OER, National Institutes of Health, HHS

M306: Letters of Intent, White Papers, Preproposals, Logic Models and Abstracts
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Content level: Intermediate

Many grant agencies are beginning to require a short preliminary paper before a full proposal can be submitted. These documents serve multiple purposes in funding agencies but sometimes have little detail on how to prepare them. This session will provide definitions of these types of papers, their multiple purposes, and which funding agencies require them. The speaker will offer effective strategies to increase chances of funding success with well-developed short papers that meet agency needs. Agency-specific formats will be illustrated and a template will be provided for use with agencies that do not offer specific instructions.  

Learning objectives:

  1. List many of the U.S. funding agencies that require these short papers and the multiple purposes they serve in the grant process.
  2. Describe qualities of successful short papers and apply knowledge of these qualities and strategies to help ensure a successful grant.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Marjorie Piechowski, PhD, Emerita Director of Research Support, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

M304: Office of Naval Research Agency Update
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Content level: Basic

Overview of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and current information on awards administered by the ONR Regional Offices.

Learning objectives:

TBD

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Susan B. Kiddoo, Director Office of Naval Research, Atlanta Region

M404: Successful Negotiation with Foreign Sponsors: Exploring the Benefits and Understanding the Challenges
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Content level: Basic

This presentation explores how to have a successful negotiation with foreign sponsors. Pulling from 10 years of sponsored project experience, including 4 high volume foreign collaborations, the presenter shares a case study but also dives into exploring the benefits and helps understand the challenges.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand and identify unique challenges in foreign collaborations.
  2. Implement a best practice strategy and plan in working with foreign sponsors.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Heather Winters, BS, Director, University of Memphis

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

T104: Property Administration, What in the World are We Looking for?
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:15am to 10:30am

Content level: Basic

This presentation provides the listener with a good idea by Property Management Outcome Area what an auditor is looking for regarding, records and compliance.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand specific things a Property Administrator is reviewing their property system for compliance.
  2. Audit expectations, assisting them with both system compliance and audit readiness.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Tracy Helmick, Industrial Property Officer (IPO), NASA

T204: National Science Foundation (NSF) Update
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Content level: Basic

This session will cover new developments at National Science Foundation (NSF) - programs, policies, people and budgets. Senior NSF staff will provide a comprehensive review of what is new and developing at NSF.

Learning objectives:

TBD

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, National Science Foundation

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

W204: SBIR & STTR: Small Business Grant Programs in the University Setting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am

Content level: Basic

This session will cover the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal R&D that has the potential for commercialization. This program is often suited to the academic investigator who is interested in moving his or her research from the academic to commercial setting.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the basics of both the SBIR & STTR grant funding programs.
  2. Understand how SBIR & STTR can work for investigators in the academic setting.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Jim Stefansic, PhD, President & CEO, Faors Healthcare, LLC