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Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference Webcast

Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference Webcast

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11th Annual Mentoring Conference Oct 22nd-26th 2018 Albuquerque, NM

The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Mentoring Conference, Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This five-day event will take place Monday, October 22, 2018 through Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Student Union Building on UNM's main campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Imagining America 2018 National Conference October 19th-21st Chicago, IL

Workshop Webinar on Successful Grant-Writing Friday, October 19 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm CTSDH, Room 316 LSC

The webinar will take place on Friday, October 19 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the CTSDH, 316 Loyola Hall. 

Please RSVP for this event here​.

2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Atlanta, GA Nov 8th-10th

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) Loyola University Chicago (WTC) November 9-11, 2018

Registration for the 2018 DHCS Conference at Loyola University Chicago is now open!

To register, visit https://www.luc.edu/dhcs18.

NSF Releases Reviewer Training Video

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is committed to ensuring a fair, competitive, and transparent merit review process. The reviews submitted by external peer reviewers are an important part of the decision-making process and a crucial source of feedback to Principal Investigators. NSF has developed a short reviewer orientation video that provides helpful tips for writing high quality reviews.  

 NSF encourages all reviewers to watch the orientation video, “The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals.”  You can view the video directly at https://tipsforreviewers.nsf.gov

The video will also be useful to those reviewing proposals for other agencies and for those reviewing journal manuscripts.  We hope that you will take advantage of this free resource.

The National Humanities Conference New Orleans Nov 8th-11th 2018

The National Humanities Conference
New Orleans Nov 8th-11th 2018

Association of American Colleges & Universities 2019 Annual Meeting Atlanta January 23rd-26th 2019

AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting will explore ways of elevating the voices of administrators, faculty, practitioners, and students in the public narrative about the value of higher education.

2018 Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice

October 11, 2018 to October 13, 2018
It's not too late to register for AAC&U's “Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice” conference. Teams of three or more save up to $55 per person. The conference will feature workshops, plenaries, poster sessions, and over 50 concurrent sessions. Review the preliminary conference program (pdf) online.

FALL 2018 GRANTS CONFERENCE Nov 8th-9th New Orleans

2018 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration Oct 17th-19th San Francisco, CA

Time is Limited to Save on the 2018 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in San Francisco – Act Now!

9th International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society Sept 19-20 Berkeley, CA

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society, held 19–20 September 2019 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.


2018 National Humanities Conference



The National Humanities Conference brings together humanities practitioners and scholars to explore how to deepen the public’s engagement with the humanities. This year’s conference in New Orleans, during the city’s 300th anniversary, will draw attention to the many ways local communities are integrating the humanities into public life.

Conference programming will include sessions on using the tools of the humanities to understand threats to our natural environment, engage thoughtfully with moments of historical commemoration, and bridge divides between diverse communities. We are particularly delighted to welcome National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward to deliver the Capps Lecture on Friday, November 9.

Event Details:

New Orleans, Louisiana
Thursday, November 8th – Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Click here to register now!

Learn more about the program, featured speakers, and accommodations here.


National Humanities Alliance

National Humanities Alliance

2018 International Research Conference


2018 International Research Conference
September 17-18, 2018 at the University of California - Davis

Given the rapidly changing environments within which international research is conducted, new strategies and practices—ones that are collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary, provide new knowledge and address global challenges—are more critical than ever. The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis, hosted by Global Affairs, combines plenary sessions, small breakout sessions, "TED-style" talks, poster presentations by graduate students, discussions with funding agencies, industry, and community organizations, and opportunities for networking across disciplines and borders. The conference will include a panel presentation by Julia Kent, vice president for best practices and strategic initiatives at CGS. Click here

IES FY 2019 Research Funding Webinar

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is posting a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2019 funding opportunities and learning more about IES.

These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research and you can access them on the IES Webinar Series website.

The following on-demand webinar is now available:

  • Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education and Special Education Interventions

Additional on-demand webinars will be available soon.

Visit the IES Funding Opportunities website for more information about these and other research programs.


Host a Fulbright Scholar in your Department!

We invite your institution to apply to host a visiting scholar on your campus through theFulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program!  Our next webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 2-3pm ET.  This webinar will include an inside look at the S-I-R program and allow for applicants to ask any last minute questions. To see a full listing of our archived webinars, please visit our website

If you have any questions, please email sir@iie.org


HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education”





On 16-18 May 2019, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), in partnership with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic), will be guests on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people, facilitating a conference about decolonizing technologies and reprogramming education.

Deadline for proposals is Monday October 15th, 2018.


For further information see: https://www.hastac.org/hastac-conferences


Institute of Education Sciences Posts FY 2019 Research Funding Webinars

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will be posting a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2019 funding opportunities and learning more about IES. These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by the National Center for Education Researchand the National Center for Special Education Research and you can access them on the IES Webinar Series website.

On-Demand Webinars will be available on July 5, 2018

  • IES Basic Overview of Research Grants and Information for New Applicants to IES
  • IES Grant Writing Workshop
  • National Research and Development Centers
  • Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Additional On-Demand Webinars will be available soon

Visit the IES Funding Opportunities website for more information about these and other research programs. Follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn about other on-demand recordings, webinars, and training opportunities.

Check out the NEA's new site, Humanities for All!

Check out the NEA

The Humanities for All website catalogs 1,402 publicly-engaged projects. Fifty-one of these projects—representing the breadth of the field—have in-depth profiles. These profiled projects, based at a range of institutions across the U.S., address diverse local, national, and global concerns with different disciplines, methodologies, and partners.

Humanities for All serves three key goals: 

  1. to support the efforts of humanities faculty and students interested in embarking on or deepening their own publicly engaged work;
  2. to serve as a resource for advocating for the relevance of the humanities in addressing society’s pressing concerns; and
  3. to provide examples that can broaden narratives about the value of the humanities in higher education beyond a narrow focus on return on investment.

Join us in publicizing the site via social media with the hashtag #humanitiesforall.

Humanities for All was made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) Annual Meeting


The AACU (of which Loyola is a member) has issued a call for proposals for its 2019 annual meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Raising our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education", and will take place from January 23-26, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Conference Tracks include:

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices and Assessment
  • Institutional Change
  • Reclaiming the Narrative: Communicating to Multiple Audiences
  • Creating a Campus Climate That Prepares All Students for Success
  • Preparing Students for Civic Life Locally and Globally
  • Preparing Educators for High-Impact Teaching and Learning
  • Equitable Digital Innovations that Advance Student Learning

To submit a proposal, register, and see meeting details, please go tohttps://www.aacu.org/AM19

New edition of Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide is available!

First published in 2010, Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide has been updated to a second edition. It still covers 13 key areas ranging from ‘leading research teams’ to ‘conflict is normal’. New features include ‘top 10 takeaways for successful team collaboration’ and appendices with templates for collaborative agreements and offer letters.

Here is the full citiation:

Bennett, L. M., Gadlin, H., Marchand, C. (2018). Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide. 2nd edn., National Institutes of Health Publication No. 18-7660, National Cancer institute, Bethesda, Unites States of America. 


Get the full text online at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crs/research-initiatives/team-science-field-guide/collaboration-team-science-guide.pdf (850KB PDF).

IES Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Webinar

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), Institute of Education Sciences (Institute), U.S. Department of Education invite researchers interested in reading, writing, and language development to participate in a one-session IES Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Overview webinar that provides a general overview of the Reading and Writing (NCER) and Reading, Writing, and Language Development (NCSER) grant topics and general strategies and suggestions for successful application writing. The grant topics are the Institute’s primary programs aimed at supporting research on improving literacy outcomes for students, including English learners and those with disabilities or who are at risk for disabilities or academic failure.  For more information on the Institute’s FY 2019 Requests for Applications, see http://ies.ed.gov/funding

On June 28, 2018 at 1:00pm EDT, you may access the webinar at: https://meet.lync.com/usdedeop/rebecca.mcgill/KZF9FRKT.

For more information, click here!

U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017

PALO ALTO, CA (June 7, 2018) – Research institutions in the U.S. received more than $2.3 billion for basic science research in 2017 from foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and charities, according to the Private Funding of Basic Science Survey conducted by the Science Philanthropy Alliance. The top ten institutions received 65% of this amount.

The Science Philanthropy Alliance has conducted the survey, which tracks new private giving to basic science at research institutions for the last three years; 46 institutions participated in 2017. The level of giving in 2017 was unchanged from the total in 2016 of $2.3 billion, however when viewing data from just the 25 institutions that participated in the survey in all three years, the level of giving increased by 40%, from $1.20 billion in 2015 to $1.68 billion in 2017. 

In contrast, according to the National Science Foundation federal funding of basic science research expenditures at higher education institutions as a percentage of GDP declined 30% from 2003 (0.3% of GDP) to 2015 (0.21% of GDP).

The survey also indicated that life sciences continued to attract the most private funding. 87% of the $2.3 billion, or $2 billion, went to life sciences basic research, while 11%, or $252 million, went to the physical sciences and 2%, or $45 million, went to mathematics.

Sign up for the Science Philanthropy Alliance newsletter to receive news about private funding for basic science research.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council Webinar: An Overview of the NIH “All of Us” Research Program

This webinar presented by NIH officers focuses on providing the audience with an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Programa key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). All of Us is a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of human biology, behavior, genetics, environment, data science, computation, and much more to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to treat disease.

For more information and the (free) registration link, click here:

Writing / Designing Effective NSF Proposals Workshop

Writing and Designing Proposals Workshop

This one-day focused workshop addresses essential NSF research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Following the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the mechanisms of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the grant programs and comprehend how to respond to various NSF guidelines.


More information, including the complete agenda and registration information can be found here.

2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program


2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Opens

We are excited to announce that the 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Explore awards using our Catalog of Awards. Highlights from 465 awards offered in this year’s competition include:

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Fulbright Flex Awards

Fulbright welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of one to two years. The Flex option is available to scholars interested in research, teaching, or pursuing a combination of teaching and research. The catalog of awards will give detailed information on the Flex parameters for each participating country.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award provides support for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

New Awards
Several countries have added new awards for the 2019-2020 competition:

Find out more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition by joining our webinar on Friday, March 9joining one of our upcoming webinars or virtual advising sessions, and browsing helpful resources:

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of AwardsThe application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.

2018 Mentoring Conference: Invitation and Call for Proposals

  UNM Mentoring


The Mentoring Institute is pleased to announce its 11th annual conference, Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, hosted from October 22nd- 26th, 2018, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

We invite researchers and practitioners from educational institutions, community leaders, administrators, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other professionals to join us as presenters or participants in creating entrepreneurial mindsets and organizational environments that support innovation, and the growth and development of individuals in different fields of study and various types of organizations.

Together, we will develop dynamic conversations and networking opportunities through hands-on workshops, individual/panel presentations, and plenary sessions. We aim to foster engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

If you are interested in showcasing your work, review our call for proposals and submit your abstract by May 15th, 2018 for a chance to present.

Not interested in presenting? More than 500 professionals from all around the world attend our conference every year, and you can be one of them!

Come and learn more about our conference, past events, and benefits! We hope you will join our community of practice by registering for this year's conference or participate through our membership, newsletter, and distribution list!

If you believe any of this may be beneficial to your subsidiaries, please feel free to forward this announcement.

Have a wonderful day!

The Mentoring Institute

Chicago Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS-Chicago)

SICSS-Chicago will be held at Northwestern University from June 17 to June 29, 2018.  The event is designed to bring together graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers from a range of disciplines related to computational social science.  Content will include live-streamed lectures from the main site at Duke University as well as guest speakers who will present on cutting-edge computational research and methods.  Topics covered include text analysis, digital data collection, experimental design, non-probability sampling, agent based modeling, and ethics.

One of the main goals of SICSS is to bring together scholars from a range of computational and social sciences to share their complementary skill sets and enhance each other's work.  Participants will get hands-on experience using computational methods to test social theories and will develop group projects to present at the end of the second week.  One or more collaborative projects that demonstrate extraordinary promise and interdisciplinary will receive pilot funding for further development, and all participants will be given support in accessing and utilizing freely available data sources. 

Please submit application materials by April 21st, 2018.

For more information, please visit:  http://compsocialscience.github.io/summer-institute/2018/chicago

Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children

Visit CHRC's website for more information about this opportunity. 

Grants.gov Announces a New Newsletter, Blog and Mobile App

See the inaugural  Newsletter, Blog, and Twitter feed, and download the app at https://blog.grants.gov/.

The new site contains a weekly round-up of new funding opportunities, grant-writing tips, and information on eligibility, policies, training, agency news, and FAQs.

Sign up today!




National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH Creates “Statehood Grants” of Up to $30,000 for Humanities Projects Celebrating State History   


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2018) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a special grant opportunity for state history and heritage projects that commemorate the 150th and 200th anniversaries of statehood.

NEH Chairman’s Statehood Grants of up to $30,000 will be available to state humanities councils and partner cultural institutions for humanities-based exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives to accompany—and add historical context to—state celebrations of entry into the Union.

Several U.S. states are currently marking, or will celebrate major anniversaries within the next few years. Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, and Missouri each commemorate their state’s bicentennial between 2017 and 2021, while Nebraska began sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.

“Our states are the keepers of the flame of the nation’s history,” said NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “By supporting projects that remind us of the history and ideals that made us ‘One out of Many,’ these grants are a down payment toward the commemoration of our 250th anniversary as a nation in 2026.”

The first NEH Statehood Grant will go to support the creation of a Mississippi Writers Trail that will introduce visitors to the achievements of writers such as Margaret Walker Alexander, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright. The project is a partnership between the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and Visit Mississippi.

“For decades, the state humanities councils have worked to preserve and promote the history of their states,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “We are grateful to NEH for making it possible through these grants for councils to work with new and existing partners to tell their state’s stories, laying the foundation for a united commemoration of the 250th anniversary of our nation in 2026.”

Grant proposals must be submitted to NEH by the state humanities council. Interested applicants may direct questions to NEH’s Office of Federal/State Partnerships at fedstate@neh.gov or (202) 606-8254. 

Congratulations to the November 2017 Research Support Grant Awardees!

  • Pamela Caughie (English) Man into Woman: A Comparative Scholarly Edition
  • James Cheverud (Biology) Genomic Imprinting and Maternal Effects for Obesity and Diabetes
  • Theresa Grande (Biology) Proof of Concept: Use of Next-Gen DNA Sequencing to Resolve Relationships of Spiny-Rayed (Acanthomorph) Fishes and Understand the Origins of their Novel and Successful Body Plan
  • Joseph Milanovich (Biology) Physiology and Ecology of Salamanders Inhabiting Inland Saline Environments in the Pothole Region of Canada
  • Patricia Mooney-Melvin (History) RACE: Are We So Different? Visitor Evaluation Study and Assessment of Museums as Engagement Sites for Discussing Difficult Issues
  • Catherine Putonti (Biology) Associations Between Lysogeny and Host Abundance
  • Ana Rodriguez Navas (Modern Languages & Literature) Wilde in Puerto Rico: The Cultural Politics of Miguel Guerra-Mondragón
  • Rebecca Silton (Psychology) Physiological Mechanisms of Positive Emotion Regulation
  • Arup Varma (Quinlan School of Business) Performance Appraisal of Expatriates

IL Humanities Council Conference: Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life


  IL Humanities Council Conference


The Illinois Humanities Council is pleased to announce a partnership with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life to bring their 2018 national conference to Chicago on October 19-21. This conference brings more than 400 scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers engaged in addressing the nation’s most critical issues to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize on the ways in which the arts, humanities, and design can lead towards transformative action.

Applications Invited for the Meta-Analysis Training Institute

The Meta-Analysis Training Institute is accepting applications for its upcoming session on state-of-the-art advanced meta-analytic methods. This training is funded by the National Center for Education Research, a part of the Institute of Education Sciences.

The goal of the training is to provide researchers with the methodological, statistical, project management, and practical experience necessary to conduct a meta-analysis focused on an important education topic.

The workshop includes 5 days of training and one day of group presentations. Each day will include 3 sessions and time to work on a group project. The integrative project will provide participants with an opportunity to practice developing an IES Goal 1 meta-analysis research proposal.

Dates: August 5-11, 2018
Location: Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL
Application due date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Workshop details and application submission materials are available here.

If you have questions about the 2018 Meta-Analysis Training Institute, then please contact the training team at MTAI@luc.edu.

If you have questions about the IES grant supporting this training (R305B170019), then please contact Dr. Phill Gagné.










NEH Upcoming Regional Workshops

February 23: University of Reno, NV
Acting Division Director Russell Wyland

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: https://www.unr.edu/research-innovation/grant-writing-reg-neh

Dr. Wyland will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop and request an individual appointment:

February 23: Appalachian College Association, Richmond, KY
Senior Program Officer Claudia Kinkela

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here:

Dr. Kinkela will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://acaweb.org/events/workshops/neh-grant-writing-workshop/
To request an individual appointment: contact Hannah Newsome (hannah.newsome@acaweb.org).

February 28: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Acting Deputy Director Dan Sack

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: 

Dr. Sack will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://www.hotel.uga.edu/events/neh-application-writing-workshop
To request an individual appointment: contact Dr. Lloyd Winstead (winstead@uga.edu), Senior Associate Director at the Willson Center. The deadline to register for the workshop or a consultation is February 14. Consultation attendees are encouraged to provide a project abstract by February 19.

March 14, 2018, the University of Memphis will welcome Mark Silver, Senior Program Officer in the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who will conduct a free workshop on applying for NEH grants. Anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies is welcome to attend this event. In addition to giving information and tips on NEH’s programs, Dr. Silver will be available to meet individually with prospective applicants to discuss their projects and offer advice about their proposals. Space for individual sessions is limited and expected to fill quickly.

For additional information, please visit our webpage or email us at NEHWorkshop@memphis.edu

Advanced registration is required.  Registration deadline is March 5, 2018.


March 20: Mississippi State University
Acting Deputy Director Dan Sack

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: https://www.msstate.edu/events/2018/01/securing-neh-funding/

Dr. Sack will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://www.tfaforms.com/4646678
To request an individual appointment: contact Lynn Taylor by email (ltaylor@research.msstate.edu). Appointments will be made on a first come-first serve basis. 

April 6: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Acting Division Director Russell Wyland

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/humanities-center/NEHWorkshop.php?utm_content=bufferd960f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Dr. Wyland will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://ttuovpr.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bsh1Mvs7amroV6t
To request an individual appointment: indicate your interest on the registration form.


Additional workshop dates and locations TBA

2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC

You’ve heard about it and may even know someone who attended, but is it right for you? With the next NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration coming to Washington DC May 2-4, let us help you decide. (Or check out our YouTube video to get thoughts from previous attendees.)

Learn about the NIH grants process and polices directly from ~ 70 NIH & HHS program, grants management, review and policy staff.

Meet with experts 1:1 to get more specific questions answered.

Collect resources to share with faculty, staff, and your peers in your lab or office back home…including contacts, tools, and even presentation materials you are welcome to reuse.

Connect with 600-800 other NIH researchers and administrators

Consider starting off your NIH Regional Seminar experience on the first day by attending optional pre-seminar workshops for an in-depth look at topics, including intellectual property and iEdison, electronic Research Administration (eRA), research administrator boot camp or a workshop on human research protections.

During the two-day seminar that follows, three tracks of concurrent sessions are offered for research administrators, investigators, and all interests. You have the choice to stay in one track or customize your experience as you move between tracks based on the topics of interest. Over 45 different topics to choose from too!

§  Administrators’ Track – provides sessions that cover the latest grants policies and processes including topics like budgets, compliance, post award expectations, and more

§  Investigators’ Track – offers step-by-step guide to navigating NIH programs to advance your career, finding funding opportunities, grant writing, peer review, and more.

§  All Interest Track – includes a variety of special topic sessions, including: scientific rigor and reproducibility, NIH’s public access policy, research integrity, clinical trials, animals in research, and so much more!

Hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill are available at a reduced rate…but are filling fast. In addition, graduate students and postdocs can take advantage of a special $50 trainee discount throughout the registration period, as long as space is available. (Trainees include predocs, postdocs, and grad students.)


For more information and agendas, visit the Washington, DC seminar website.

Call for Workshops and Abstracts


We are accepting Abstracts and proposals for Workshops to be held at the 2018 Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference!

Workshop Submission Deadline: February 5, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 20, 2018

The SciTS conference is the annual international forum dedicated to SciTS, bringing together thought leaders from a broad range of disciplines and fields, including: communications, management, social and behavioral sciences, information technology, systems science, and translational research. It provides investigators, academic administrators, and funders with state-of-the-art knowledge, strategies, and connections. SciTS scholars, scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policymakers, and federal agency representatives will be in attendance. 

This year’s conference for the SciTS community will be hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas on May 21-24, 2018.


The SciTS Program Committee invites submissions from individuals or groups to conduct Special Interest Workshops and Seminars.

Workshops/Sessions will be 3.5 hours or 6.5 hours in length.  All topics relevant to the application of Science of Team Science approaches are welcomed, specifically with respect to training sessions that will equip SciTS investigators with tools and technical skills for data collection, analysis, or presentation in their research areas. Workshop/seminar proposals that incorporate a variety of instructional approaches (e.g. lecture, interactive discussion, hands-on exercises) and materials (e.g. slides, handouts, sample data) are strongly encouraged. We encourage workshops or seminars with a focus on methodologies including systems approaches to the field of SciTS as well as methodologies for conducting evaluation and understanding team dynamics. Furthermore, we welcome workshops and seminars that provide practical guidance for conducting and managing team science in a variety of contexts and settings, and workshops with a focus on developing team science educational and training resources.

All workshop submissions should include the information listed in the attached Call for Workshops and should be submitted through our Workshop Submission Form. Acceptance notifications will be made in March 2018, and Workshops will be held between May 21 and 24, 2018.


The SciTS Program Committee also welcomes abstracts for paper presentations, lightning round presentations, and panel presentations, as well as scientific posters.

Paper, Lightning Round, and Poster abstracts are limited to one page, while Panel abstracts are limited to four pages. Abstracts not meeting these page limits will not be considered. A panel proposal must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, and panel submissions showcasing research papers should also include individual abstracts for each individual presentation.

All abstract submissions should utilize the attached Abstract Template and should be submitted through our Abstract Submission Form. Acceptance notifications will be made in April 2018. Presenting authors will be responsible for conference registration, travel, and hotel costs. Poster presenters will be responsible for poster printing costs. Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants.

More information about submitting a Workshop proposal or Abstract is attached, and information about conference registration, fees, and additional travel and lodging details will soon be posted on our conference website.

Please share/forward these Calls to any interested colleagues, networks, or groups, and please reach out to our conference planning team at SciTS.2018@utmb.edu with any questions.


SciTS 2018 Conference Planning team

How to Write a Competitive NSF Grant

The Ohio University is sponsoring an all-day workshop: How to Write a Competitive NSF Grant

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We have a limited number of seats available for administrators and faculty members from other institutions to participate.

The cost for non-Ohio University personnel is $150 and includes lunch.

RSVP required by Dec. 4, male-bru@ohio.edu (please put NSF Workshop in subject title)

The workshop will be presented by Dr. John Robertson from the Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, www.grantcentral.com

Dr. Robertson has presented two previous workshops at Ohio University. 

Reviews from both workshops were outstanding, with ratings of 4.8/5.0. Here are comments from attendees:

  • “[The presenter’s] enthusiasm was perfect and his passion for the approach was great.”  
  • “This is a great workshop. It is very informative and educational and it is very entertaining to hear about the tips and guidelines.  [The presenter] is absolutely helpful to me for learning the NSF application processes. Thanks.” 
  • “I found this seminar to be incredibly useful and enlightening. We should encourage more PhD students to attend.  There was a lot of information presented here that I should have known years ago.”
  • “This was excellent.  Interesting and appropriately “fast paced” with a potentially dry topic. Thank you! A good investment.”

Dr. Robertson received his doctoral degree in 1999 from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology. From 1999-2003 he served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then went to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2004 where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. In 2010 he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from the federal and non-federal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He’s been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

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2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar Competition Is Now Open!

The Fulbright Scholar Program is now accepting applications to teach or research in over 125 countries through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Fulbright continues to offer Flex Awards, which allow grantees to complete a grant in two or three shorter segments. Fulbright also offers opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards, including the Fulbright Global Scholar Award.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2017. Learn more by attending a webinar, staff workshop, or ambassador presentation. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process! 

See the website for a schedule of webinars and workshops. 

An ORS Workshop

Service grants differ from academic research grants in scope, intent, methods, objectives, and larger purposes. The Office of Research Services (ORS) presented a workshop designed to introduce faculty to the basics of writing a service project proposal entitled “How to Write a Service Grant”. 

We invite interested Loyola community members to view the presentation in its entirety from the link below. 


Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application | NIH Extramural Nexus  https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/wp-content/themes/nexus_theme/js/html5.js

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. The CSR video – linked below – is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants page.


The 2018 Imagining America National Gathering

The 2018 Imagining America National Gathering will be held October 19 – 21, 2018, in partnershipwith Illinois Humanities.

Transformative Imaginations:
Decarceration and Liberatory Futures

The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues.

Getting Funded: An AHRQ Grants Overview

On April 15, the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Research and Innovation hosted a workshop entitled "Getting Funded: An AHRQ Grants Overview". This introductory workshop was presented by Brent Sandmeyer, MPH, Grants Lead/Social Science Analyst at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy, with the aim of helping PIs better understand:

  • The structure and priorities of the funding agency, including changes that have taken place over the past 2 years;
  • Funding opportunities at AHRQ;
  • How to determine if AHRQ is the right funding source for their research questions, including how AHRQ and NIH differ; and
  • Writing competitive applications to AHRQ.


Here is the link to the video of the session: https://ess.echo360.vcu.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/61d34ca2-ab74-4e47-a2ec-68b4cdce064a