Research Funders Summit

Rockville, MD - October 16–17,2018


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Tuesday, October 16th

8:30 – 9:00 AM


9:00 – 9:30 AM

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Nick Fowler, PhD,  Managing Director, Research Networks, Elsevier
  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President for Research Intelligence, Elsevier

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Opening Keynote: The Impact of Science
This presentation will focus on the need for and challenges associated with demonstrating the impact of science to stakeholders and society and how thinking and expectations around understanding impact are evolving. 

  • Daniel Sarewitz, PhD, Professor and Co-director, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Coffee and Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Panel Discussion: Evaluating Research
This session will include a discussion of the context and approaches to evaluating research and research assessment activities, including the output and impact of funded research, evaluating researchers, programs and/or institutions, and input to funding allocation policies.  

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM


12:45 – 1:30 PM

Keynote: Reproducibility in Research
This session will address the critical nature of transparency and reproducibility in research and its applications, and how the reliability of research factors into public trust in science.  

  • John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, Professor and Co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center, Stanford University

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Open Science
This panel will tackle many of the established and emerging topics related to open science--including open access and preprints, research data sharing, and citizen science--along with incentives that promote open science.   

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Scientific Review
This panel will discuss essential elements of grant proposal review, often considered the linchpin of the research process, including: reviewer identification in consideration of reviewer fatigue and the growth of interdisciplinary research; managing the proposal review process; and evaluating review and piloting new approaches.  

4:00 – 4:15 PM

Summary of Day One 

  • Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier

4:15 – 5:15 PM

Networking Reception*

Wednesday, October 17th

8:30 – 9:00 AM


9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome Back

  • Brad Fenwick, DVM, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier

9:15 – 9:45 AM

Featured Presentation: Research Trends Analysis
This presentation will cover a new co-citation approach to understanding which topics in research funding are getting the most attention and growing and which ones are taking a back seat.

  • Richard Klavans, PhD, Founder and Chairman, SciTech Strategies, Inc.

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Panel Discussion: Portfolio Analysis
This panel will cover approaches to strategic funding portfolio management and developing new funding opportunities, identifying emerging funding areas and those to sunset, and determining where gaps in funding lie.  

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Cross-agency Collaboration
This panel will focus on collaboration, emphasizing cross-agency coordination on joint initiatives to promote critical areas of investigation and avoid both significant overlaps and gaps.  

12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 2:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Grant Awards Management
The session will focus on systems for grant awards management and intra- and interagency coordination. 

2:00 – 2:45 PM

Closing Keynote: Research Workforce
This presentation will explore issues of the future scientific workforce, focusing on support for training into a broad range of professions and issues of workforce diversity.   

  • Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Nick Fowler, PhD, Managing Director, Research Networks, Elsevier

*Self-pay options for lunch and the networking reception will be available on site (credit cards accepted). Please refer to the Travel Page.