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NSF IUCRC 2010 Annual Meeting

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January 13-15, 2010
Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, VA




  1. Provide a forum for NSF, IUCRC Directors, Evaluators, Operations Staff, and other IUCRC stakeholders to interact and exchange information and ideas about best practices, and common challenges and opportunities

  2. Afford NSF the opportunity to brief and get feedback from the IUCRCs on program-related issues and information, including opportunities for supplemental funding and synergies with other government and industry programs

  3. Facilitate networking and peer exchange on technical and management issues and promote increased collaboration and cooperation among Centers

  4. Illuminate trends in federal and industry research priorities, and explore opportunities for Centers

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

3:00 – 5:00pm

Bootcamp for Planning Grantees, Part I *Optional*
Denis Gray, Facilitator
* Pre-registration required; first-year Centers are also welcome to attend
This optional session will focus on resources for success available for Planning Grantees. Panelists will share solutions to common challenges that Planning Grantees face, including the all-important Recruitment Meeting. Tips on how to make the most of your participation in the IUCRC Annual Meeting will also be shared.

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

5:00 – 7:00pm

Light refreshments

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

Thursday, January 14, 2010

7:30 – 9:00am

Continental Breakfast

Potomac Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

8:00 – 9:00am


Supplemental Funding Options at NSF *Optional*
Mary Poats, EHR/EEC Program Manager, and TBD, NSF
Various supplemental funding opportunities at NSF are described.

Evaluators Meeting
Eric Sundstrom and Denis Gray, Co-Facilitators

Pre-Session for Operations
Jena Slocum, Facilitator
LIFE Forms: Online Evolution
LIFE forms play a big role in our operations duties at Center meetings, and the online version is undergoing changes for 2010 that will help those meetings run more smoothly by generating project rankings in real time – with or without Internet access. Learn more about these changes and how they will simplify your LIFE.


Francis Scott Key Ballroom (Lower Level)

Georgetown AB (Lower Level)

Georgetown C (Lower Level)

9:00 – 9:15am

Transition Break
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

9:15 –10:30am

Plenary Session 1

Welcome and NSF Program Updates

Potomac Salons ABC

10:30 – 11:00

Spotlight on Catalyst for Innovation
Released in late 2009, participants will watch some highlights of this inspiring DVD on the IUCRC program and its impacts on technology and society. Truly a celebration of cooperation for the greater good.

Introduction to eXtreme NetworkingSM and Joint Evaluators/Operations Session

Potomac Salons ABC

11:00 – 11:30am



11:30am – 12:15pm

eXtreme NetworkingSM for Directors and Planning Grantees
Ann Becker, Facilitator
A lively, interactive networking event for Directors to share their big research directions or questions with one another, and identify and jumpstart potential opportunities for collaboration

"Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!"®*
IUCRC Quiz Show for Operations Coordinators and Evaluators
Eric Sundstrom and Jena Slocum, Co-Hosts
* Shamelessly borrowed from NPR's news quiz radio program of the same name
Teams test their knowledge of IUCRC facts and trivia in this interactive, on-screen game show. A fun and informative opportunity for teambuilding, networking, and learning something new. And the prize goes to ...

Capital View Ballroom Foyer, 14th floor

Potomac Salon A

12:15 -1:45pm

Lunch Buffet

Presentation of the Schwarzkopf Award
Sayfe Kiaei, Chair, IUCRC Directors Association; Director, Connection One, Arizona State University; and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

2:00 – 3:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Managing Your IAB Relationships
Directors who have been particularly successful in retaining member companies through good times and bad will share and discuss strategies and practices for developing strong relationships with champions and promoting effectively their gatekeeping and technology transfer efforts. The unique needs of the small business member will also be addressed.

Recruiting New Members, Large and Small
During the economic downturn, directors need to be particularly creative in recruiting new members. For instance, while large firms (greater than 500 employees) have always been the IUCRC mainstay, directors have increased their focus on small firms and memberships from this group have increased by more than sixty percent over past three years. This panel session will highlight successful strategies centers are using to recruit new members including small businesses.

Fostering Team Science at Multi-University IUCRCs: Expert Panel Discussion of Directors' Challenges and Tools
Our increasingly complex, multi-university IUCRCs present unique challenges – and opportunities – for fostering innovation through team science, at multiple levels. Besides multi-institution executive teams, our larger IUCRCs can have multi-institution, scientific project teams as well as multi-disciplinary, single-institution collaborations. A panel of successful directors of large Centers discusses their favorite tools for building effective teamwork at different levels of a multi-university IUCRC, and the challenges that call out for these collaborative tools - like selecting and assimilating new university sites, capitalizing on cross-university projects, and managing imbalances in member support across multiple university sites

Videoconferencing and Other Technology-based Tools to Enhance Communications
Given the realities of a depressed economy and the environmental costs of travel, Centers are trying new ways to communicate with their sites and members, and technology is delivering effective and cost-efficient alternatives for bringing the team together in real time. Directors and other IUCRC representatives who have tried webinars, videoconferencing and an all electronic meeting will share the before, during, and after phases of their experiences, and reflect on how these means contribute to the Center’s ongoing success.

Potomac Salons A, B, C, D to be assigned

3:30 – 4:00pm

Potomac Ballroom Foyer

4:00 – 5:00pm

Plenary Session 2

The Emerging Innovation-focused Science and Technology (S&T) Policy
As we move away from a focus on Recovery Act for funding S&T, the new administration has signaled its intention to embrace an Innovation Strategy to help achieve national economic and societal goals. A nationally known policy analyst will provide an overview of the administration's emerging Innovation Strategy, how it is getting translated into new S&T initiatives and legislation, and how it is likely to affect everything from support for fundamental research, to targeted initiatives for energy, health and security, to cooperative research between industry and universities.

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

5:00 – 5:30pm

IUCRC Directors Association Meeting*
* New Directors and new Planning Grantees are welcome to attend.

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

5:00 - 7:00pm

The Social Hours
Annual Reception with a View

Posters of the Class of 2009

Capital View Ballroom, 14th floor

Friday, January 15, 2010

7:00 – 8:00am

Breakfast and Posters from the Class of 2009

Potomac Ballroom Foyer

8:00 – 9:00am

Plenary Session 3

Emergent Industrial R&D Strategies for the Economic Recovery
Joe Fox is the Director of Emerging and External Technologies at Ashland, Inc.,, a Fortune 500 company that provides specialty chemical products, services and solutions for many of the world's most essential needs and industries. Fox will discuss how Ashland's R&D strategy has changed in light of a variety of factors including the recent economic contraction, globalization of R&D, and the movement toward what some observers have labeled the "open innovation" strategy. Implications for cooperative research between industry and university will be emphasized.

Potomac Ballroom ABC

9:00 – 9:30am


9:30 – 10:30

Director Roundtables, and Evaluator and Operations Breakouts

Focus on very practical, tactical, specific information or responses to questions along the same line.

  • Metrics for Measuring Short- and Long-Term Success
  • Preparing for Graduation and/or Phase Three Funding
  • Technical Discussion with CISE program staff
  • SBIR Discussion: Nuts and Bolts
  • Bootcamp for Planning Grantees (Part 2): No Such Thing as a Dumb Question
  • Alex the Avatar Demo
  • Mechanics of the Ubiquitous MIPR
  • Other TBD

Evaluators Breakout
Eric Sundstrom, Facilitator

Operations Breakout
Incorporating Online Tools into Current Center Operations
The Center for Friction Processing (CFSP), with support from NSF, has developed a set of policies, practices, and procedures which may be of benefit to IUCRC operations personnel. A wiki provides a detailed example of the approaches taken by the CFSP to various management questions, such as reporting, planning, and setting up an IAB. This session will present the features of the wiki, provide an overview of the tools currently in use by the CFSP, and demonstrate the current state of the tools repository and the stand-alone tools that will be available to all centers in the near future.

Roundtable locations to be assigned onsite

10:30 – 10:45am

Potomac Ballroom Foyer
10:45 – Noon

Reportbacks and Open Forum
Eric Sundstrom, Facilitator

Wrap-Up Remarks
Babu DasGupta

Potomac Salons ABC


Box Lunches to Go

Potomac Ballroom Foyer