Spring 2021 HRA Members Meeting (Virtual)

March 22, 23 & 25, 2021

Additional Event Info: | Virtual via zoom

Meeting Info

March 22  | Monday

Hosting Virtual Events
12:30 – 2:00 PM ET
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As we all have experienced, 2020 was the year of hosting virtual events. Have you spent hours researching the how-to’s of managing virtual meetings? This session will discuss the nuts and bolts of organizing and facilitating online events and will showcase studies of best practices in hosting your event. Dr. Arne Bakker will highlight what has worked well, how to encourage a culture of open communication and meaningful participation with your audience, and how to select the most appropriate platform for your event. In addition to Dr. Bakker, a panel of HRA members will share stories of how they have incorporated virtual tools into other areas of grantmaking such as conducting virtual board meetings, site visits, as well as connecting with grantees, and advisors.

Shandra Koler
Senior Program Officer | The Sontag Foundation

Jessica Biddinger
Senior Manager, Pre-Award and Operational Guidelines Oversight | American Heart Association

Arne Bakker, PhD
Director, Meetings and Community for Science  | The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Member Speakers
Jenni Danai, MPH
Senior Director of Programs  | Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina

Nicole Burpo, MS
Research Operations Manager | American Heart Association

Christina (Leah) Kline, PhD
Assistant Director, Scientific Reviews and Grants Administration | AACR

Virtual Happy Hour 
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
As with in-person meetings, the discussion doesn’t end with the end of the session.  Please stay on to share thoughts and ideas about the session, or just network with colleagues.  We know networking during the breaks have always been a valuable part of HRA meetings and we urge you to take advantage of this virtual networking opportunity!

March 23  |  Tuesday

NASEM Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices
12:30 – 2:00 PM ET
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This session will focus on informing HRA members about the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science and what funders can do to promote and incentivize open science practices. Some concepts that are addressed by the toolkit include:

·   Open access of publications (immediate or delayed)
·   Preregistration
·   Encouraging use of preprints
·   Providing incentives for open behavior
·   Encouraging or incentivizing reusing available datasets (such as supporting hack-a-thons, etc.)
·   Providing training/funding for training on open science practices for researchers
·   As there is an entire session dedicated to Data Sharing issues, Data Sharing will NOT be covered in this session

The session will begin with presentations about the tools being developed by members of the NASEM Roundtable to foster Open Science practices.  After those presentations, we will hear from HRA members about their experiences in implementing various Open Science policies and incentivizing Open Science among applicants and awardees. They will share strategies they are implementing and talk about any pushback received from leadership, universities, or the researchers themselves, and how they overcame those and other challenges.
Liz Jackson
Sr. Specialist, Scientific Programs | Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
Keith Yamamoto, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy  | UCSF
Co-chair NASEM Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science

Greg Tananbaum
Coordinator | Open Research Funders Group

Member Speakers
Dawid Potgieter, PhD
Director, Programs in Discovery Science  | Templeton World Charity Foundation

Rachel McEnany
Research Information Manager | American Heart Association

Virtual Open Mic Coffee Break
2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Networking is what HRA Members Meetings are all about.  Can we make it work virtually?  Please join us for an Open Mic Coffee Break and use these 30 minutes to share ideas, discuss follow-up actions, and just connect with colleagues.

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Within the Research Workforce  
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
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The session will focus on racial disparities and opportunities to foster and support diversity, equity, and inclusiveness within the research workforce, specifically at the postdoc and early career faculty level. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds may lack the social structures and networks to sustain career development in research, so the role of professional communities and mentorship relationships may be even more important. Can foundations work with academic institutions, federal funders, and other stakeholders to address this through recruitment, retention, mentorship, and networking strategies? What are the key parameters and metrics of success to consider?

Gerard Honig, PhD
Associate Director of Research Innovation | Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Linda Sealy, PhD
Senior Advisor to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Joy Jones, PhD
Chief Program Officer | National Medical Fellowships

Alison Gammie, PhD
Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity | NIGMS, NIH

March 25  |  Thursday

The Future Workplace: Post-pandemic Workforce and the Disruption in the Workplace; Remote, In-person, and Hybrid Models
12:30 – 2:00 PM ET

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For many organizations, the 2020 COVID pandemic forced a shift in workplace operations from in-person, to fully remote, or to a hybrid model. Many offices will not be able to open and operate at full capacity for a long time. At the same time, some people don’t want to go back to the office, even when it’s safe to do so. Now is the time to set up your hybrid workforce to succeed – no matter where they work. In this session we will discuss how we can successfully navigate the new world of working as a hybrid team. Lisette Sutherland, our external speaker will share creative ideas for what it means to be “present” at work and how to create that sense of team even when you’re virtual. Following that presentation, a panel of HRA members will share their post-pandemic plans and ideas, spanning from returning to in-person workplace, hybrid models, and remaining remote.

Catrina Bryant
Manager, Program Administration | Beckman Foundation

Lisette Sutherland
Author | Work Together Anywhere, A Handbook on Working Remotely Successfully

Member Speakers
Patricia Dudley
Chief Human Resources Officer | Foundation Fighting Blindness

Catherine Olivieri
SVP, Human Resources | Susan G Komen

Virtual Open Mic Coffee Break
2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
We know networking is critical, so we are providing another 30 minutes opportunity to network virtually.  Please join us for a second Open Mic Coffee Break to comment on the meeting sessions, share ideas, discuss follow-up actions, and just connect with colleagues.

Data Sharing and Data Management Plans
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

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Per a recent survey to HRA membership, several organizations have a data-sharing/management policy in place or are considering developing one. This session will highlight the experiences of a few organizations currently implementing these policies. We will hear about specific aspects of their policies and implementation practices including: definition of a robust data-sharing/management plan, guidance to researchers on how to create a robust plan and specific repositories or tools to use, and what a robust plan looks like, internal compliance practices, and more. This presentation follows a webinar held on Tuesday, February 23 where HRA members heard directly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) about the evolution of two different federal data management plans and how private funders can forward the data-sharing agenda.

Erik Lontok, PhD
Director of Research  | Barth Syndrome Foundation

Setting the Stage
Laura Mayka
Program Officer  | Circle of Service Foundation

Diomaris Gonzalez
Director of Grant Programs | Lupus Research Alliance

Anna Greene, PhD
Director of Science | Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Natalia Volfovsky, PhD
Director, Data and Analytics | Simons Foundation

Happy Hour
4:30 – 5:00 PM ET
We can’t share a drink at the in-person reception, but we can end the meeting by lifting a glass of your favorite beverage and debriefing, decompressing, and destressing after what promises to be an awesome meeting.  Thanks in advance to the members of the Program Committee for organizing an HRA Members Meeting with such valuable content!!