Mr. Leffler is the Outreach Specialist in the Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, within the Foundation's Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management. Since assuming the position of Outreach Specialist in October 2003, his primary duties have included development and implementation of communications strategies that inform the research community as well as NSF staff about NSF proposal and award policies and procedures.
One of Mr. Leffler's major responsibilities includes overseeing coordination of the bi-annual NSF Grants Conferences. These multi-day conferences are designed for new faculty, researchers, and administrators seeking key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF including appropriation levels and funding opportunities across disciplines; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative and electronic issues and initiatives. Jeremy also coordinates NSF participation in major professional conferences for research administrators such as the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society of Research Administrators International.
In direct response to the Foundation's commitment to increasing diversity in scientific research and education, Mr. Leffler is responsible for coordinating focused outreach to institutions historically underserved in the Federal funding arena for science and engineering research and education. Recent efforts have focused on the needs of Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He received the NSF Director's Award for Program Management Excellence for this effort.
Prior to coming to the National Science Foundation, Mr. Leffler was a Program Officer in the Communications and External Affairs Office at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for eight years.
Mr. Leffler has a B.A. in European History and German from the University of Maryland-College Park.