Summit to focus on strategic approaches to training grant programs

A summit geared to engage Pitt's academic community and create strategic approaches to supporting institutional training grant programs will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. June 6 via Zoom.

The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Training Grant Summit is open to training grant directors, training faculty, administrators and other academic leaders interested in fostering and supporting growth in institutional training grant programs across funding agencies.

The event seeks to:

  • Highlight the impact of current National Institutes of Health institutional training grant programs upon the University's research enterprise

  • Share training trends, changes in the current NIH funding landscape and new opportunities at the National Science Foundation.

  • Identify ways to leverage existing institutional resources and networks of support.

  • Engage with other stakeholders to identify gaps in institutional support for training grant programs and propose solutions.

  • Generate renewed interest and excitement about institutional training grant programs within Pitt’s academic community.

  • Enhance institutional infrastructure supporting Pitt’s institutional training grant programs and community.

  • Develop strategies to increase and grow institutional training grant programs and diversity sources of external support.

Speakers include:

  • Anantha Shekhar, senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences

  • Rob Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research

  • Mark Geraci, associate vice chancellor for interdisciplinary research, Health Sciences

  • Robert K. Cunningham, vice chancellor for research infrastructure

  • Shelome Gooden, associate vice chancellor for research in the humanities, arts, social sciences and related fields.

The event will feature facilitated working groups focusing on specific topics related to training grant funding. Facilitated working group leaders and the topic they’re covering include:

  • Cross-Institutional NIH Collaborations — Jeffrey Brodsky and David Vorp

  • Incentives and Support for Departments and Faculty within the Health Sciences — Mark Geraci and Darlene Zellers

  • Incentives and Support for Departments and Faculty outside the Health Sciences — Robert K. Cunningham, Amanda J. Godley and Shelome Gooden

  • Recruiting Top Talent and Increasing Diversity — Paula Davis and Cheryl Ruffin

  • Training and Supporting Physician-Scientists — Richard Steinman and Caterina Rosano

  • NIH Grant Application Administrative Support — Tammy Dennis and Aniko Nalevanko

The event is hosted by the offices of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Provost and Academic Career Development, Health Sciences.

Register here for the virtual event.

— Shannon O. Wells


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