September 2020 Meeting Agenda

Monday, September 21

11:00 - 1:00 EDT

Plenary - Advancing the Frontiers of Research: The Future of the Scientific Enterprise

Description: By seeding the strategic investments, NSF steers the frontiers of discovery and innovation and supports U.S. economic growth and global leadership. As we look ahead to what will be possible through curiosity driven research, new success will rely on enhancing partnerships, strengthening inclusivity, and speeding translation.

This session will be followed by the FDP business meeting.

Speaker: Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director National Science Foundation


1:30 - 4:00 EDT

Plenary - Federal Agency Updates

Description: Representatives from the FDP Federal Agency members will present information from their agencies that is relevant for those that work in the national research enterprise.

Speakers: Kanitra Cobbs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Jean Feldman, National Science Foundation; Alexandra Raver, Environmental Protection Agency; Jean Feldman National Science Foundation; Debbie Rafi, Office of Naval Research


Tuesday, September 22

1:00 - 2:30 EDT

eRA and the Research Administration Committee


Description: Joint session with Research Admin committee and eRA to discuss SciENcv adoption in advance of the October 5 NSF PAPPG change.

Speakers: Bart Trawick, National Institutes of Health; David Saunders, National Science Foundation;  Lori Schultz, University of Arizona, Amanda Hamaker; Purdue University; Jean Feldman, National Science Foundation; (one more TBD univ member)


2:30 - 4:00 EDT

Subawards Subcommittee

Committee Business

Description: Several important updates on various working group activities, including subaward delays. The compliance supplement and UG updates’ impact on subawards will be discussed. There will also be discussion on the impact of foreign influence concerns on subawards.

Speakers: Amanda Hamaker, Purdue University; Amanda Humphrey, Northeastern University; Kevin Ritchie, Havard Medical School; Stephanie Scott, Columbia University


4:30 - 5:30 EDT

Topic Based Happy Hour

Description: During the registration process registrants will be able to suggest topics that they would like to hear discussed. 3 or 4 of those will be chosen and breakout rooms will be created for those.

Speakers: TBD based on the topics chosen


Wednesday, September 23

11:00 - 12:00


Description: Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the latest enhancements to the Proposal Submission System and what's coming soon including a demo site. During the session, we will show how to quickly and easily create a proposal, upload proposal documents, manage senior personnel, and much more using NSF's user-friendly and intuitive proposal system.

Speakers: Sonya Arora, National Science Foundation


1:30 - 2:30 EDT

Finance, Audit and Costing Policy Committee

Committee Business

Description: Review and update Committee mission/objectives

  • Identify federal policies that are burdensome; consider methods to mitigate administrative burden
  • Provide best practices regarding the implementation of the Uniform Guidance
  • Identify areas of interest/priorities for the FAC Committee (see ideas below)
  • Create subcommittees and engage interested parties
  • Develop regular updates and committee session to address key issues

Speakers: Jim Luther, Duke University; Michelle Bulls, National Institutes of Health


3:00 - 4:30 EDT

Faculty Committee

Faculty Forum and Business Meeting

Description: The aim of the session is to provide a final read out on the Faculty Workload Survey Final Report and to discuss next steps in the implementation of the fourth Faculty Workload survey.

Speakers: Michele Masucci, Temple University; Robert Nobles, Emory University; Sandra Schneider, University of South Florida


4:30 - 6:00 EDT

Conflict of Interest Subcommittee

Conflict of Commitment Working Group

Description: The COI Subcommittee will host a kick-off meeting of the Conflict of Commitment Working Group. The COC Working Group will examine member institution policies and current and emerging COC reporting requirements of federal research sponsors, including Foreign Influence-related concerns. The COC Working Group Chairs, Amanda Humphrey of Northwestern University and Prof. Alice Young of Texas Tech are seeking working group member-volunteer

Speakers: Mary Lee, Stanford University; Amanda Humphrey, Northeastern University; Alex Albinak, Johns Hopkins University; Alice Young, Texas Tech University


Thursday, September 24

11:00 - 12:30 EDT

Animal Subjects Subcommittee

CUSP and Universal Protocol Development Update

Description: The purpose of the session is for the working group leads to provide a progress report including a status update on the IACUC Universal Protocol Template and CUSP development.

Speakers: Bill Greer, University of Michigan; Aubrey Schoenleben, University of Washington; Axel Wolff, Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW); Ron Banks, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Faculty Administrator Collaboration Team

The Faculty and Administrator Partnership: How Important is Trust?

Description: Since 2017, faculty and administrator pairs from several FDP institutions have been participating in the Faculty-Administrator Collaboration Team (FACT) initiative aimed at enhancing productive collaborations at their home institutions. As it enters its next phase, the FACT initiative is exploring the importance of improving trust between faculty and administrators in reducing the overall burden associated with funded research.

Speakers: Steven Post, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Jason Carter, University of Montana; Robert Nobles, Emory University


3:00- 4:30 EDT

Research Administration Committee

Expanded Clearinghouse, Open Government and newly forming Proposal Initiatives


The Research Administration Committee identifies opportunities in the typical ""pre-award"" component of the grants lifecycle to make the administrative requirements imposed by federal sponsors simpler and less costly without compromising accountability. This includes contracting, proposal, award and subaward requirements and processes and general research administration areas not targeted for coverage by other standing committees.

The Research Administration Committee will provide updates and facilitate discussion around Expanded Clearinghouse and Open Government: Research Administration Data Subcommittees (OG:RAD) activities.  In addition, we will be sharing some initial work around developing proposal related initiatives to reduce administrative burden.  These activities are taking place in close collaboration with the eRA Committee.

Speakers: Lynette Arias, University of Washington; Wade Wargo, Office of Naval Research; Amanda Hamaker, Purdue; Lori Schultz, University of Arizona; Richard Fenger, University of Washington; Pamela Webb, University of Minnesota


5:00 - 6:00 EDT

Faculty Committee

Faculty Happy Hour




Friday, September 25

1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Contracts Subcommittee and DTUA Working Group

Contracts and Data Transfer and Use Agreement Updates

Description: During this session, we will discuss emerging issues related to federal contract compliance, including DOD implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and considerations related to compliance with the FY 2019 NDAA, and whether there are related projects the Contracts subcommittee should consider. We will also present the FDP Collaborative Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA) Sample and FDP Reciprocal DTUA Template recently completed by the DTUA Working Group. Work plans for the Contracts subcommittee and DTUA working group for the upcoming year will also be discussed.

Speakers: Alex Albinak, Johns Hopkins University; Martha Davis, Brandeis University; Melissa Korf, Harvard Medical School