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Prior Federal Workshops

Federal R&D Agency Workshop

September 29-30, 2016 
U.S. Capital 
Washington, D.C.

  1. Workshop Agenda
  2. Day One Power Points
  3. Day Two Power Points

4th Annual SUS Capitol Hill workshop features federal research leaders

More than sixty research directors, administrators and key scientific faculty from across all SUS institutions attended the fourth annual SUS Federal R&D Agency Workshop held in the U.S. Capitol September 29-30.

The workshop was planned to allow top agency directors an opportunity to brief SUS personnel on upcoming budget, policy and scientific priorities for the next few years. The workshop sought to inform participants with discussions of federal programs and opportunities in key research areas that Florida universities hope to take advantage of and benefit from.

The first day focused on presentations from a variety of federal research agency directors in areas of key strength for Florida universities. The keynote speaker on Sept. 29 was Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy covering the new $120 million National Microbiome Initiative.

Attendees learned about open research soliticiations at various agencies, such as the brand new “Smart & Connected Communities” program at the National Science Foundation. The $20 million program is intended to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning. Other presentations involved senior officials from the:

  • National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Energy Department Office of Science
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Transportation Department Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
  • Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program
  • USAID Global Development Lab
  • Homeland Security Department Cyber Security R&D Division

The second day of the program focused on biomedical and health related research. Speakers included:

  • The National Institutes of Health Deputy Director for Extramural Research
  • The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • The Acting Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute
  • The Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Jan Ignash moderated the meeting. A main theme to emerge from each speaker was the desire for engagement between universities and agencies represented. Agency leaders encouraged university researchers to reach out to program managers to begin conversations about their current research or research ideas and the possibility of funding opportunities.

Federal R&D Agency Workshop

October 8-9, 2015 
U.S. Capital 
Washington, D.C.

  1. Workshop Agenda
  2. Workshop Summary
  3. Day One Power Points
  4. Day Two Power Points