Thursday, April 26, 2012

NIH Regional Seminar - Washington DC anyone?

NIH is hosting a regional seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration from June 20th - 22nd at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.  If you are new to the administration features of the eRA commons, there is an optional workshop on the 20th.  The 21st and 22nd will consist of several tracks of sessions focused on grants management, proposal writing, and research administration.  For more information or to register, click here

These conferences are very useful and can be helpful not only to those just starting out in research administration, but also to junior faculty and newer investigators.  There will be many opportunities for networking at this event, and you may even have an opportunity to talk to one of the roughly 35 NIH staff members who will be presenting and assisting with the meeting. 

One additional bonus: If you have never stayed at the Omni Shoreham, you will not be disappointed.  I stayed at the hotel several years ago for a conference and was quite impressed by its amenities.  Consider staying through the weekend if you can to take advantage of the beautiful pool area.  Plus, the hotel is only a short walk to the national zoo.  As someone who has visited many zoos around the country, I continue to be amazed by the offerings at the national zoo.  My favorite attraction was arriving in time to watch the elephants receive their "baths".   As an added bonus, admission to the zoo is free!  Come for a grants education, and then extend your stay to learn more about animals as well.  You might find that understanding animal behavior and training will help you to better work with some of your more difficult colleagues!

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