Faculty webinar: ‘Department of Defense 101’ Aug. 12

A webinar discussing federal funding opportunities in the Department of Defense is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The webinar will be broadcast remotely.

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Experts from Lewis-Burke Associates LLC will highlight how the Department of Defense funds science and technology research and development. The webinar will introduce DOD research and development organizations, funding agencies, programs and strategies for interacting with DOD agencies; advise on how to successfully compete for DOD research funds; and provide support for future engagement.

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 for 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.

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.