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2008 Maine EPSCoR State Conference & NSF Proposal Writing Workshop & Mock Panel Review

September 29 & 30, 2008
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program directed at states that have historically received lesser amounts of federal R&D funding.  Through this program, states develop partnerships between their higher education institutions, industry, government, and others to effect lasting improvements in their R&D infrastructure, capacity, and national competitiveness.  Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine oversees and implements the NSF EPSCoR programs.

The goals of this conference are to:

  • provide information & networking opportunities for NSF EPSCoR & other federal EPSCoR programs
  • provide information & connections to increase funding opportunities & competitiveness
  • foster networking for research & educational outreach collaborations in the region
  • provide an opportunity to showcase the research being done in the region

(Click on presenters name below to view their powerpoint presentation)

Monday, September 29, 2008: Wells Conference Center
7:30-8:30am Registration & continental breakfast
8:00-8:30am Welcome and Introduction to EPSCoR in Maine
  • Dr. Michael Eckardt, UMaine Vice President for Research & Maine NSF EPSCoR Project Director
  • Miles Theeman, Chair, Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board
  • Vicki Nemeth, UMaine Director of Research Administration & EPSCoR
8:30-9:00am NSF EPSCoR: program overview and update
9:00-10:00am NSF Directorate Presentations: program director from NSF will provide overviews and updates on programs and funding opportunities in their areas
   Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR):    Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences:
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:15am NSF Directorate Presentations continue:
   Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE)
   Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
11:15-12:00pm SBIR/STTR Presentations:
12:00-1:00pm Lunch, networking, and viewing exhibits
1:00-2:00pm NSF Directorate Presentations continue:
   Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS):

2:00-2:15pm Break
A) Federal agency "round-table" discussion

B) Maine's NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) projects:
C) Technology Transfer in Maine:
  • Jake Ward, UMaine Assistant Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Governmental Relations
  • Catherine Renault, Director, Maine Office of Innovation
D) Tours of University of Maine research labs and centers

3:15-4:15pm E) Federal agency "Round-table" discussions continue

F) Maine's STEM Education Initiative:
G) Maine's Cyberinfrastructure Plan:
H) Meeting of grants, contracts, & administrative representatives from Maine educational and R&D institutions
4:30-6:00pm Reception, Poster Session, and Networking Opportunities

NSF Proposal Writing and Mock Panel Review Workshop

This workshop has received outstanding reviews from participants in the other EPSCoR states where it has been held, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer it as a tool for our researchers to help increase their competitiveness.  Registration is open to anyone who has an interest in grant-writing.

Participants in this workshop will be asked to:
    1) Do a mini-review of 5 real NSF proposals prior to the workshop. The Maine EPSCoR office will distribute these proposals to registered participants starting at the beginning of September. The proposals will be anonymous, and will only include the summary page and technical description components of several proposals that were rejected and several that were funded. (Special technical expertise is not required.)
    2) The mini-review that will be done for each proposal will be one page or less, and consist of addressing NSF’s criteria for Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, summary comments, and a rating.
    3) You will be required to submit your mini-reviews by e-mail to the Maine EPSCoR office no later than Thursday, September 25, 20008. Only participants who submit these reviews will be eligible to be part of the workshop on Tuesday.
    4) The Maine EPSCoR office will collate the reviews for each proposal and distribute them on Tuesday for use in the mock panels.
    5) Participants will be pre-assigned to a small group “mock panel,” and NSF Program Directors will work with each panel to simulate a real panel review session.
    6) The results from each panel will be discussed in a group session, providing participants with an in-depth experience that will help them make their proposals as competitive as possible.
7:30-8:00am Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:00-10:00am Proposal-writing:
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-10:30am Mock panel briefing
10:30-12:00pm Mock panel review simulation
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-1:30pm Mock panel reviews continue
1:30-2:00pm Reporting & wrap-up





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