Research Funders Summit

Rockville, MD - October 16–17,2018


As our program continues to develop, we encourage you to check back for updated information on speakers and sessions.

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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.  

  • Moody Altamimi, PhD, Director, Office of Research Excellence, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy
  • Sherry Sours-Brothers, PhD, Manager, Research Outcomes, American Heart Association
  • Kari Wojtanik, PhD, Senior Manager, Evaluation & Outcomes, Susan G. Komen

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. Loannidis, 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.   

  • Jason Gerson, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and Co-chair, Open Science Task Force, Health Research Alliance
  • Mike Huerta, PhD, National Library of Medicine, Coordinator for Data Science and Open Science Initiatives, National Institutes of Health
  • Sarah Nusser, PhD, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University
  • Carly Robinson, PhD, Senior Product Strategist/Senior Science Advisor, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, US Department of Energy

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.

  • Anand Desai, Section Head, Evaluation and Assessment Capability. Office of Integrated Activities, National Science Foundation

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.

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.  

  • Judy Riggie, Director, Division of Scientific Categorization and Analysis,  Office of Research Information Systems, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
  • David Stepp, PhD, Director, Engineering Sciences and Division Chief, Materials Science, United States Army Research Office

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.  

  • Dominique Bérubé, PhD, Vice-president, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Junping Wang, PhD, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation

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. 

  • Cindy Danielson, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems (DATA Systems), Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

2:00 – 2:45 PM

Closing Keynote: NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change
NIH’s first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Dr. Hannah Valantine will describe NIH’s current approach and activities related to enhancing scientific workforce diversity. She will highlight four main diversity challenges facing biomedicine: Advancing scholarship of the science of diversity; Using a data-driven scientific approach to understand diversity drivers and outcomes; Studying and mitigating the role of sociocultural factors in recruitment, retention, and career advancement; and Sustaining future workforce diversity. She will also highlight development and use of the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit, a free, downloadable interactive resource institutions can use to help advance their own faculty diversity. The toolkit guides users through evidence-based interrelated activities that her office is currently using to enhance diversity in the NIH intramural research program. These include expanding diversity of the candidate poolproactive outreach to diverse talentmitigating bias in search processes, and developing/sustaining mentoring relationships. A key focus will be the need to advance institutional accountability for lasting change. Please visit the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity website and Dr. Valantine’s blog for more information.

  • Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and Senior Investigator, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 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.