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Research / Discovery

CSU hosts NSF conference in Denver Oct. 21-22

September 6, 2013

The first regional grants conference of fiscal year 2014 is an outstanding opportunity for anyone involved in NSF grant-sponsored projects -- or any aspect of the grant process -- at CSU.

Colorado State University research faculty, grant administrators, aspiring principal investigators or anyone who wants to gain insight into National Science Foundation procedures should plan to attend the NSF Grants Conference in Denver, Oct. 21-22. NSF program officers will be on hand to discuss new funding opportunities as well as current policies and programs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all members of the CSU research community to meet face-to-face with NSF program officers and grants administrative staff,” said Kathi Delehoy, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration. “About 30 of the top people from NSF will be in attendance, and faculty can visit with them about the future direction for funding.”

Colorado State is hosting the regional conference at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver. A $100 discount for CSU participants will be applied to the $300 conference cost, which covers registration, materials and meals for both days.

Farnam Jahanian, assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate of NSF, will present the keynote address during the luncheon on Monday. 

“NSF’s investments in research and education have returned exceptional dividends to our nation,” Farnam said. “The research supported by NSF yields scientific discoveries and engineering innovations that advance the frontiers of knowledge for the benefit of society. This conference is a unique opportunity for researchers and educators to learn about NSF’s procedures and policies, priorities and programs, and new funding initiatives and opportunities.”

Workshops for everyone

NSF representatives will be presenting workshops on topics of interest to exiting or aspiring principal investigators and co-investigators, including new and ongoing funding opportunity areas, international research collaboration and research abroad for students, as well as NSF’s Merit Review Process.

"The College of Natural Sciences sees the NSF Grants Conference as particularly valuable for its newer faculty and key research-support people," said Jim Sites, associate dean of research for the College.

There will also be a wealth of information for research administrators on NSF proposal preparation and award management, especially some of the recent changes in policies and procedures by the agency. Sessions covering post-award monitoring and compliance, the Office of the Inspector General, the CAREER program, and special programs of interest to faculty and researchers from all disciplines will be presented both days. A roundtable discussion of faculty administrative workload will be featured.

For more information or to register – the deadline is Sept. 20, and the available spaces are filling fast – go to the conference website.  Anyone interested in carpooling to Denver should contact Margaret Saldana at, or 970-491-1526. 

Contact: Margaret Saldana
Phone: 970-491-1526