University travel budget tight for conferences? Check out this month’s special webcast!

Most university faculty and administrators know only too well that budget constraints are affecting their ability to travel to national conferences. These meetings have traditionally been a key venue for learning about federal agency research priorities – insights that often translate into a competitive edge when applying for grants.

But now a unique partnership is using technology to bring the university audience the same information from key federal funding agencies – without leaving the office!

Faculty, research administrators and student researchers across the nation will be able to take free advantage of an extended live webcast later this month to learn firsthand about research priorities and budgets. The presentations will be specifically geared to the needs of those involved in seeking competitive support from the agencies.

The Federal Research Update webinar will be broadcast live from Washington D.C. Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. Viewers will be able to watch any or all of the individual 90-minute presentations throughout the week. The format also allows for viewers to submit questions for presenters and each viewer can access speaker slides in advance. Following the live presentations, an edited version of each will be prepared in following weeks and remain available for viewing on the web.

The webinar was organized and arranged through a partnership involving the University of Missouri, the State University System of Florida and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The entire series will be offered free, thanks to participation by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, an economic development initiative of the State University System of Florida. CRD represents the Florida System and brokered the university sponsor partnership, and helped to plan the agenda, line up speakers and promote the event.

The agenda includes participation by top officials at agencies such as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, NIH, NSF, the Department of Energy Office of Science, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Another presentation will address the federal budget sequestration process which is set to take effect in January.

To view the agenda and register for the free webinar, click here.

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