Research Funders Summit

Rockville, MD - October 16–17,2018


For each session the presenter slides are available below.

Tuesday, October 16th

Emcee: Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President for Research Intelligence, Elsevier

8:30 – 9:00 AM


9:00 – 9:30 AM

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Brad Fenwick, DVM, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, 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 (CSPO), 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.

Moderator: Andrea Michalek, Vice President, Research Metrics, Elsevier

Panelists & Presentations:

Moody Altamimi, PhD, Director, Office of Research Excellence, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy

American Heart Association research outcomes

Sherry Sours-Brothers, PhD, Manager, Research Outcomes, American Heart Association

Monitoring progress along the Research Pipeline

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. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, Professor and Co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), 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. 

CHORUS Update - Funders Summit

Moderator: Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS

Panelists & Presentations:

PCORI’s Policy for Data Management and Data Sharing

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

Continuing to Open Science at NLM & NIH

Mike Huerta, PhD, National Library of Medicine, Coordinator for Data Science and Open Science Initiatives, National Institutes of Health

How Can Funders Help Researchers & Universities Accelerate Public Access to Research Data?

Sarah Nusser, PhD, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University and Co-chair, AAU-APLU Panel on Open Science

Providing Public Access to US Department of Energy Funded Research Results

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.

Moderator: Lesley Thompson, PhD, Vice President, Academic Relations, Elsevier

Panelists & Presentations:

Top Three Issues Facing NIH Peer Review

Sally Amero, PhD, Review Policy Officer (RPO) and Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer (ERILO), National Institutes of Health

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

Perspectives on Peer Review

Neil Viner, PhD, Director, Programme Delivery, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK Research and Innovation

4:00 – 4:15 PM

Summary of Day One—all presentations ­(ZIP, 22.3 MB)

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

4:15 – 5:15 PM

Networking Reception*

Wednesday, October 17th

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

Panelists & Presentations:

Portfolio Analysis for Strategy

Melissa Antman, PhD, Senior Scientific Program Analyst, Center for Research Strategy (CRS), National Cancer Institute

Scientific categorization and analysis program

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

U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering command

David Stepp, PhD,  Acting Director, US Army Research Office (ARO), US Department of Defense

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.

Moderator: Max Voegler, PhD, Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier

Panelists & Presentations:

Funding interdisciplinary research in Canada

Dominique Bérubé, PhD, Vice-president, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Collaborating internationally: principles and practicalities

Chloë Somers, Acting Director, UK Research and Innovation USA

NSF Collaboration with Private Foundations

Junping Wang, PhD, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation

12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 2:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Reporting Research Funding
Funders can illustrate their influence and impact on research fields through public listings of their research investments and research advances enabled by that support. Most research areas are supported by multiple funders; similarly, long term research programs and products are the result of multiple investments from multiple funders over many years. This panel will describe collaborative projects to increase availability of funded research project information and the contributions of those investments towards projects. Included in this discussion will be the NIH RePORTER, Federal RePORTER, and World RePORT websites, which each illustrate research support from multiple funders. Second, the panel will discuss collaborative projects that rely on the use of persistent identifiers, such as the ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency (ORBIT) project, to automate and streamline the flow of research information between systems and reduce the burden on researchers applying for research support and subsequent reporting.

Moderator: Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President for Research Intelligence, Elsevier

Panelists & Presentations:

Transparency and collaborations in reporting research funding

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 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, National Institutes of Health

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks—all presentations ­(ZIP, 19.8 MB)

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