Faculty webinar: ‘COVID-19 federal funding opportunities and guidance’ July 30

A webinar discussing federal funding opportunities and guidance for COVID-19 research is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. The webinar will be broadcast remotely.

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Experts from Lewis-Burke Associates LLC will cover the spectrum of available funding opportunities as the federal research enterprise seeks to tackle COVID-19 and its effects. There also will be information on the changes, flexibility and other guidance implemented to help support the research community and the outlook for these policies going forward.

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC is a leading government relations firm specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and education organizations. Lewis-Burke is a resource to faculty to help expand their access to federal funding by providing advice on funding trends, identifying new funding opportunities, and discussing barriers and advice to overcome funding challenges.

About the presenters

Miriam Quintal boasts a decade of advocacy at Lewis-Burke, managing the federal relations portfolios for large academic institutions, scientific societies and facility management organizations. Quintal co-leads the firm’s National Science Foundation practice and works closely with the higher education and research advocacy community to champion the foundation. Quintal’s issue expertise includes basic research (National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy Office of Science), STEM education, computing and computational science, math and physical sciences, engineering, and space and astronomy.

Dr. Nicole Parker supports the Lewis-Burke biomedical research portfolio in areas concerning federal research policy, higher education, workforce and health care policy, with a focus on the National Institutes of Health and other grant-making agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.  She uses her prior experience as an academic researcher and contractor in various offices within NIH to approach clients’ needs in their biomedical research portfolios. Parker has a passion and an in-depth knowledge of efforts to broaden participation in the STEM field and improve biomedical research workforce training.

Amber Cassady covers a range of research areas, including the Department of Defense, defense health, biomedical research, global health and international affairs. Cassady is adept at helping researchers navigate the complex and often opaque national security research landscape. Her work in the fields of manufacturing technology and artificial intelligence, in addition to experience with the DOD health arena, allow her to answer questions about how to best position for success at the federal level in these areas.

The webinar is being co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine Basic Sciences.