2017 NSF Spring Grants Conference Materials

NSF Grants Conferences and Events

Conference Materials

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TIME ACTIVITY PRESENTER LOCATION
7:00 - 8:00 AM Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast Regency Ballroom Foyer
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcoming Remarks Regency Ballroom
8:15 - 8:45 AM Introduction & NSF Overview
This session will cover the National Science Foundation’s purpose, mandate, organizational structure, program and budget highlights (including current budget status), trends, areas of special emphasis, and other special initiatives.
Martha Rubenstein, Chief Financial Officer & Office Head; Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management Regency Ballroom
8:45 - 9:15 AM Types of NSF Funding Opportunities
Learn about the various mechanisms NSF uses to fund proposals such as RAPID, EAGER, RAISE, Ideas Labs, and Conferences, to name a few. They’re not all the same!
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office; Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management; Division of Institution & Award Support Regency Ballroom
9:15 - 9:35 AM Refreshment & Networking Break Regency Ballroom Foyer
9:35 - 11:45 AM Proposal Preparation
NSF Program Officers will review how and when to prepare a proposal, including discussion of what constitutes a project and a proposal of high quality. Presenters will discuss do’s and dont’s, recent procedural changes, as well as the various sources of NSF programmatic opportunities.
Sonia Esperança, Program Director; Directorate for Geosciences; Division of Earth Sciences

Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office; Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management; Division of Institution & Award Support

Karen King, Program Director; Directorate for Education & Human Resources; Division of Research on Learning in Formal & Informal Settings

Randy Phelps, Staff Associate; Office of the Director; Office of Integrative Activities
Regency Ballroom
11:45 AM- 1:00 PM Luncheon Regency Ballroom
1:00 - 2:40 PM Merit Review Process
NSF Program Officers will discuss the philosophy of merit review and how it works, as well as ad hoc and multi-tiered reviews. Presenters will also cover the role of the Program Officer, timing of proposal submissions, reviewer selection, release of reviewer comments, and conflict-of-interest issues related to merit review.
Jeremy Epstein, Deputy Division Director, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering; Division of Computer & Network Systems

Francisco Ruben, Assistant General Counsel and Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official, Office of the Director; Office of the General Counsel

Mary Toney, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering; Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation

Jennifer Weller, Program Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences; Division of Biological Infrastructure
Regency Ballroom
2:40 - 3:00 PM Refreshment & Networking Break Regency Ballroom Foyer
3:00 - 4:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
Program Officers will talk about specific programs and initiatives, and will answer your pressing questions. In addition, NSF administrative staff will offer an NSF IT Modernization / Research.gov session.
  Biological Sciences (BIO) Jennifer Weller, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure Gulf Stream
  Education & Human Resources (EHR) Karen King, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings Keeneland
  Engineering (ENG) Mary Toney, Program Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation Churchill Downs
  Geosciences (GEO)* Sonia Esperança, Program Director; Division of Earth Sciences Cherokee
  Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) Allena Opper, Program Director, Division of Physics Hialeah
  NSF IT Modernization / Research.gov* David Saunders, IT Specialist, Office of Information & Resource Management; Division of Information Systems

Stephanie Yee, IT Specialist, Office of Information & Resource Management; Division of Information Systems
Kentucky Suite
  Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) Soo-Siang Lim, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Seneca & Iroquois
4:00 - 4:15 PM Refreshment & Networking Break Regency Ballroom Foyer
4:15 - 5:00 PM Award Management
This session will address award requirements and conditions, and will outline the responsibilities of those involved in the award process–principal investigators, grantee institutions, Program Officers, research administrators, and agency grants officials.
Martha Dodson, Team Lead, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management; Division of Grants & Agreements

Jeffery Vieceli, Head, Systems Office, Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management; Division of Institution & Award Support
Regency Ballroom
5:00 - 6:00 PM Reception & Networking Event Atrium, Kentucky
& Park Suites
* These sessions will only be offered once