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Forum on Research & Funding

Wednesday, December 16, 2 – 4 PM EST

Developing a sustainable research program is crucial for a successful career in science and engineering. There is a strong correlation between the research funding and the success of a research program and a career. The National Science Foundation (NSF) alone received about 50,000 proposals and funded less than 25% in 2017. The number of applications is increasing every year, even in the midst of a recession and economic downturn, and competition for research funding is intense. Being a renowned scientist does not always guarantee success. So how do you increase the probability of successful funding? We may not be able to cover all aspects of this issue, but presenters will discuss opportunities and challenges by sharing their personal experience in developing research programs. They will also share funding agency perspectives based on their experience as Program Directors/Managers in NIH, NSF and DOE. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion including a Q/A session with a goal to empower and develop our future leaders.

“From Antarctica to the International Space Station”
Dr. Eun-Suk Seo
Department of Physics
Institute for Physical Science and Technology
University of Maryland
[Read her brief biographical sketch]
“Research Support for Young Faculty from Industry: a Taxonomic View of University-Industry Collaborations”
Dr. Sangtae Kim
Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head and Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
[Read his brief biographical sketch]
“U.S. Federal Science and Technology R&D 101”
Dr. Kyungseon Joo
Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
The University of Connecticut
[Read his brief biographical sketch]
“NIH Funding Opportunities for Biomedical Research”
Dr. Minkyung Song
Program Director
Clinical Grants and Contracts Branch
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
[Read her brief biographical sketch]