8:30 – 8:45 AM
8:45 – 9:15 AM
What’s next? A model for predicting the future of research funding
It’s the goal of every stakeholder in the world of research: identifying, at early stage, the research trends to make the right investment in times where resources are scarce. Researchers want to determine their next research endeavor; research leaders at institutions and – more so – funders want to inform their funding investments to maximize outcomes and have meaningful impact on academics, industry and society.
In this presentation, we will present a possible model for predicting hot (trending) research topics. We use a method based on large datasets of research output, advanced leading indicators and innovative statistical clustering techniques. Along with a high-level outline of the method, we will show real data demonstrating how funding agencies might use it to (i) get a sense of where their spending outputs are currently in terms of prominent topics; (ii) how do they map to the top trending topics; and (iii) what are the global trends. Such information might be useful for funding agencies to steer their strategies, especially for high-risk research funding.
9:15 – 9:45 AM
Featured Presentation: Mapping the Future: Theory, Data and Methods for Research Planning
Over 90% of scientometric efforts are channeled into research evaluation – judging the value of individuals, labs, universities and funding agencies in terms of what they’ve accomplished in the past. This presentation focuses on research planning – laying out pathways and intentions for achieving a desired future. We specifically emphasize unique theoretical frameworks, explore additional data on intentions and focus on predictive methodologies. Specific examples are provided for identifying rising stars, assessing translational impact, and achieving the societal goals associated with research.
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.
Moderator: Lesley Thompson, PhD, Vice President, Academic Relations, Elsevier
- Melissa Antman, PhD, Senior Scientific Program Analyst, Center for Research Strategy (CRS), National Cancer Institute
- Judy Riggie, Director, Division of Scientific Categorization and Analysis, Office of Research Information Systems, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
- Bill Seng, PhD, S&T Program Assurance Manager, Sandia National Lab, US Department of Energy
- David Stepp, PhD, Acting Director, US Army Research Office (ARO), US Department of Defense
10:45 – 11:15 AM
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.
Moderator: Max Voegler, PhD, Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
- Dominique Bérubé, PhD, Vice-president, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- Chloë Somers, Acting Director, UK Research and Innovation USA
- 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.
Moderator: Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President for Research Intelligence, Elsevier
- Cindy Danielson, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems (DATA Systems), Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
- Brian Haugen, PhD, Acting Director, Division of Analysis Tools and 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 pool, proactive outreach to diverse talent, mitigating 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, National Institutes of Health
2:45 – 3:00 PM