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Spring 2022 NSF Grants Conference

aGENDA

1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Monday, November 14, 2022
Proposal Preparation
NSF staff 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 don’ts, recent procedural changes, as well as the various sources of NSF programmatic opportunities.

Speakers
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support; Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
Randy Phelps, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities; Office of the Director
Jennifer Wade, Program Director, Division of Earth Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences
3:00 – 4:15 PM EST
Monday, November 14, 2022
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.

Speakers
Kelsey Cook, Program Director, Division of Chemistry; Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Bonnie Green, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education; Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Karen Santoro, Assistant General Counsel (Ethics), Office of the General Counsel; Office of the Director
Cynthia Suchman, Program Director, Division of Ocean Sciences; Directorate for Geosciences
11:00 – 12:30 PM EST
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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.

Speakers
Beatriz Azor, Grant and Contract Analyst, Division of Institution and Award Support; Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
Jannele Gosey, Team Lead, Division of Grants and Agreements; Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
Jeff Vieceli, Head, Systems Office, Division of Institution and Award Support; Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Office of the Inspector General
Staff from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the OIG, as well as how it serves the NSF customer communities. Issues arising from current audits and investigations will also be covered.

Speakers
Laurel Hester, Investigative Scientist
Laura Slatton, Criminal Investigator
Kelly Stefanko, Audit Manager
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instruments that are, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. This session will discuss what makes for a competitive MRI proposal, and NSF plans to implement changes to the Program beginning with the FY 2023 MRI competition.

Speakers
Randy Phelps, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities; Office of the Director
11:00 – 12:15 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences supports basic research on people and society. The SBE sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age and how people in turn shape those forces. SBE scientists develop and employ rigorous methods to discover fundamental principles of human behavior at levels ranging from cells to society, from neurons to neighborhoods, and across space and time. Such fundamental principles help us understand patterns of stability and change at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels that can be applied to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare. Through its various core disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, as well as contributions to cross-directorate NSF investments, SBE supports approximately 5,000 scientists, educators, and students in a typical year. Understanding human behavior individually and in groups has far-reaching impacts from optimizing child development to safeguarding our troops; from exploring the origins of our species to finding our way with GPS; from understanding the state of the science and engineering enterprise to securing cyberspace.

Speaker
Jeremy Koster, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
11:00 - 12:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)
NSF’s newest directorate, "TIP," Technology, Innovation and Partnerships — creates breakthrough technologies; meets societal and economic needs; leads to new, high-wage jobs; and empowers all Americans to participate in the U.S. research and innovation enterprise. TIP is a unique opportunity that engages the nation's diverse talent in strengthening and scaling the use-inspired and translational research that will drive tomorrow's technologies and solutions. TIP brings together teams of researchers, practitioners, and users to shape research directions, catalyze iterative co-design and co-creation, develop game-changing technologies and solutions to address the nation's societal and economic challenges, and grow the future workforce.

Speaker
Barry Johnson, Division Director, Translational Impacts
11:00 – 12:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Research funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) has enriched the understanding of natural systems, enhanced electronics, fortified the nation's infrastructure and introduced the exciting possibilities of engineering to the next generation. Investments in engineering research and education are critical building blocks for the nation's future prosperity. Engineering breakthroughs address national challenges, such as smart manufacturing, resilient infrastructure, and sustainable energy systems. Engineering also brings about new opportunities in areas ranging from advanced photonics to prosthetic devices.

Speaker
Carole Read, Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for STEM Education (EDU)
The mission of EDU (formerly EHR) is to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings (both formal and informal) to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and educators and a well-informed citizenry that have access to the ideas and tools of science and engineering. The purpose of these activities is to enhance the quality of life of all citizens and the health, prosperity, welfare, and security of the nation.

Speakers
Luis Cubano, Program Director, Division of Human Resource Development
Bonnie Green, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
GEO supports basic research that advances the frontiers of knowledge and drives technological innovation while improving our understanding of the many processes that affect the global environment. These processes include the role of the atmosphere and oceans in climate, the planetary water cycle, and ocean acidification. Support is provided for interdisciplinary studies that contribute directly to national research priorities such as: understanding, adapting to, and mitigating the impacts of global change; developing and deploying integrated ocean observing capabilities to support ecosystem-based management; and understanding future availability of fresh water. Lives are saved and property is preserved through better prediction and understanding of natural environmental hazards such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, and solar storms. Basic research supported by GEO enables preparation for and subsequent mitigation of, or adaptation to, the effects of these and other disruptive natural events. GEO provides about 64 percent of the federal funding for basic research at academic institutions in the geosciences.

Speaker
Cynthia Suchman, Program Director, Division of Ocean Sciences
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
The mission of MPS is to harness the collective efforts of the mathematical and physical sciences communities to address the most compelling scientific questions, educate the future advanced high-tech workforce, and promote discoveries to meet the needs of the Nation. The NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences consists of the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics, as well as the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. These organizations comprise the basic structure for MPS support of research and education. The MPS Divisions support both disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities and partner with each other and with other NSF Directorates to effectively encourage basic research across the scientific disciplines.

Speaker
Kelsey Cook, Program Director, Division of Chemistry; Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
The mission of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is to enable the U.S. to uphold its leadership in computing, communications, and information science and engineering; promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computing, communications, and information systems in service to society; support advanced cyberinfrastructure that enables and accelerates discovery and innovation across all science and engineering disciplines; and contribute to universal, transparent, and affordable participation in an information-based society. To achieve this mission, CISE supports investigator-initiated research and education in all areas of computer and information science and engineering, fosters broad interdisciplinary collaboration, helps develop and maintain cutting-edge national cyberinfrastructure for research and education, and contributes to the development of a computer and information technology workforce with skills necessary for success in the increasingly competitive global market.

Speaker
Funda Ergun, Program Director, Division of Computing and Communication Foundations
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
The mission of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is to enable discoveries for understanding life. BIO-supported research advances the frontiers of biological knowledge, increases our understanding of complex systems, and provides a theoretical basis for original research in many other scientific disciplines.

Speakers
Leslie Rissler, Acting Division Director, Division of Environmental Biology
Manju Hingorani, Program Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Proposal Submission Modernization Update
NSF is transitioning all preparation and submission functionality for new proposals from FastLane to Research.gov in January 2023. During the session, the presenter will show how to quickly and easily create a Research.gov proposal, upload proposal documents, manage senior personnel, and much more using NSF's user-friendly and intuitive proposal preparation system.

Speaker
Stephanie Yee, IT Specialist, Division of Information Systems; Office of Information and Resource Management
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Revisions to the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1)
This session will provide an update to NSF policies and procedures that affect proposal preparation, merit review, and award administration.

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