Washington University hosts NSF grants conference, Oct. 4-5


Washington University will host this fall's National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference, Oct. 4 and 5, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212-232 N. Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis.

The two-day conference is a very valuable experience, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators who want to learn about a wide range of NSF issues, including the state of current funding; new and current program initiatives; policies and procedures and a host of administrative issues. National Science Foundation program officers representing each NSF directorate will be here with the latest information about each program's priorities, about specific funding opportunities, and to answer any questions.

Arden L. Bement, Jr., Ph.D., Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver luncheon remarks on Monday, October 4th.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for young faculty and department grants administrators," said Cynthia White, Director, Research Office. "NSF is the leading sponsor of research projects on the hilltop campus. Nine program managers will be attending, including representatives from Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences."

Among the highlights are topics on proposal preparation; project report preparation; new agency initiatives; cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and recent updates to FastLane, an interactive, real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the Internet and to provide information to the public. Optional, hands-on FastLane sessions will be held on Oct. 3rd and October 5th in Eads Hall 013 and 014.

For additional logistical information, including registration, lodging and more), contact Christa Johnson at (314) 935-4119; [email protected].

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