Welcome to the NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration! #NIHsem

The 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration has been designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn about the NIH grants process, programs, and policies directly from NIH & HHS experts.
This event is intended to help:

  • Demystify the application and review process;
  • Clarify federal regulations and policies; and
  • Highlight current areas of special interest or concern.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is designed for those who are new to working with the NIH grants process – administrators, early stage investigators, researchers, graduate students, etc. For those with more experience, NIH experts provide a few sessions that are designed for participants that are more advanced and are focused on more in-depth polices and processes.

What to expect?

You may be familiar with the NIH Regional Seminar and wondering if this is the same event moved to a virtual environment. There are some similarities, but also some modifications to accommodate the new format.

  • This event is scheduled over four days in the afternoons only (U.S. New York time zone - EDT). Exhibit Hall: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Sessions 1:00 PM – 5:45 PM
  • There are three tracks of sessions which are open to any participants on any given day without any further registration.
  • All sessions are 45-minute sessions with a 15 minute break before the next session begins. Some are live, while others are simulive (a combination of a pre-recorded video and live Q&A).
  • Representatives from NIH programs, offices, and Institutes and Centers will be presenting and attending booths in the Meet the Experts Exhibit Hall.
  • The seminar is free!

Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29

Track 1
NIH Grant Process

Looking for an overview of the NIH Grant Process from application preparation to post-award management? This is the track for you!

Track 2
NIH Grant Policies & Programs

Wanting to learn about specific programs offered by NIH or receive updates on the latest NIH & HHS policies? Check out this track.

Track 3
Let's Talk About It

Sessions in this track are designed to be more interactive with Question & Answer sessions and case studies.

Friday, October 30

Tracks are slightly different with sessions that are primarily focused on a general topic or program:

Special Focus 1:
Human Subjects in Research

If your research meets the definition of involving human subjects, then you'll want to participate in these sessions provided by OHRP and NIH.

Special Focus 2:
SEEDing the Marketplace

The NIH SEED (Small business Entrepreneurial Education) team is providing a track focused on developing relationships and building relationshops for innovators to move towards production.

Track 3
Let's Talk About It

Visit this track for sessions focused on business, inventions, and data. Visit for more interactive with Q&A and/or case studies.

Who are the Presenters?

This seminar involves over 50 NIH and HHS presenters and over 100 additional experts at the NIH booths who are eager to educate, share, and hear your questions during this event. It’s your opportunity to interact with NIH policy officials, grants management, program and review staff, and representatives from the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and HHS Office of Research Integrity. Select the “Presenters” tab to see a selection of NIH & HHS experts who will be providing presentations.

What about Networking and Chatting with Experts?

Still have questions?

For inquiries regarding the seminar, email NIHRegionalSeminars@mail.nih.gov

Information regarding future in-person seminars and a Listserv is available on the NIH Regional Seminar Webpage.

We look forward to seeing you in October!