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Spring 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

aGENDA

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Registration and Breakfast
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Intro and 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.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Break
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Proposal Preparation (continued)
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.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Lunchtime talk with NSF Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (Invited)
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
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.

Speaker
Rebecca Hermanowicz, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Refreshment Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
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
Leonard Spinu, Program Director, Division of Materials Research
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnership (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
Carol Bessel, Section Head, Translational Impacts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED)
Speaker
Alicia Knoedler, Office Head, Office of Integrative Activities
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Refreshment Break
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
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
Jeffery Vieceli, Head, Systems Office, Division of Institution and Award Support
Jonathan Braxton, Financial Staff Associate, Division of Grants and Agreements
Rochelle Ray, Branch Chief, Resolution and Advanced Monitoring, Division of Institution and Award Support
Shaun Minick, Branch Chief, Cost Analysis, Division of Institution and Award Support
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Monday, June 3, 2024
Networking Reception
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Proposal and Award Policy Update
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
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Research.gov and SciENcv Session
Research.gov is the modernization of FastLane, providing the next generation of grants management capabilities for the research community. Research.gov currently provides easy access to research-related information and grants management services in one location. The modernization includes moving legacy FastLane capabilities to a new, modern portal platform. Programmatic and financial reporting services, notifications, and requests are already available on Research.gov.
Speakers
Stephanie Yee, IT Specialist, Division of Information Systems
Bart Trawick, Head, Customer Services Section, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Sherri Bailey, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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
Jorge Valdes Kroff, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Patricia Van Zandt, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
NSF Financial Management Update
NSF’s Payment and Analytics Branch, within the Division of Financial Management, will provide an overview of their financial management practices and operations, as well as new initiatives within the branch. Topics covered include awardee financial reporting and reimbursement responsibilities, best practices and frequently asked questions, recurring monitoring activities, critical fiscal year timelines, as well as new innovations in grant monitoring. This session will be helpful to both new and current NSF awardees to learn more about post-award financial activities at NSF.

Speakers
Justin Poll, Acting Branch Chief, Payments and Analytics Branch, Division of Financial Management
Sehrish Shah, Financial Management Specialist, Division of Financial Management
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Refreshment Break
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
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
Philip Emswiler, Program Analyst, Office of the Inspector General
Lauren Stinger, Investigative Attorney, Office of the Inspector General
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
Speakers
TBD
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Refreshment Break
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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.

Speaker
Christine Delahanty, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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
Amy Apon, Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Foreign Financial Disclosure Reporting
Speakers
TBD
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Networking/One-on-One Sessions
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Breakfast/ Networking / One-on-One Sessions
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
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.

Speaker
Samuel Scheiner, Program Director, Division of Environmental Biology
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
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
Jennifer Wade, Program Director, Division of Earth Sciences
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Cost Allowability and Post-Award Oversight
This session will provide a deeper look into NSF’s post-award monitoring process and oversight activities. This session will cover common non-compliances, cost allowability issues, and best practices for preventing compliance issues and cost disallowances.  This session also will cover NSF’s expectations, and how NSF provides business assistance to help awardees be successful.

Speakers
Rochelle Ray, Branch Chief, Resolution and Advanced Monitoring, Division of Institution and Award Support
Shaun Minick, Branch Chief, Cost Analysis, Division of Institution and Award Support
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Refreshment Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
NSF Faculty Early CAREER Program and Conference Closing
Speaker
Carole Read, Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems