HRA Happenings – February 17, 2022

Hi HRA members,

I’ll get right to it – as there is much to report in this newsletter!

Please welcome our 3 newest members:

American Friends of Cancer Research – Cancer Grand Challenges

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer


Four upcoming webinars 

Feel free to register for any or all webinars – hosted by HRA’s Communities

Program Evaluation Community Open Mic   (3/02/2022 2:00-3:00pm ET)
Join this Open Mic session to discuss the challenges of evaluating programs. How does your organization evaluate activities and what systems or tools do you use? Come prepared to share what you have tried and what has and hasn’t been successful.

DEI Community Webinar w/ Disability & Philanthropy Forum    (3/09/2022 3:00-4:00pm ET*)
Hear how funders are starting to incorporate disability in their diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.  Learn how disability is defined, how you can include it in your diversity metrics, and how your organization can embark on the journey to disability inclusion.

*Not the regular 2 PM ET DEI call time

Funder’s Role in ECI’s Professional Development    (3/10/2022 2:00-3:00pm ET)
Join the Research Workforce Community’s Open Mic session to learn about how your fellow HRA members help grantees with the challenges that come with being in the early-career space (ie. grant writing, job search, startup negotiations, science communication, and more!). Please come prepared to share what you have tried and what has and hasn’t been successful.

Misconduct and Ethics Community call    (3/15/2022 12:00-1:00pm ET)
Join the newest Community to learn from the NASEM’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment to better understand university policies, discuss how funders can put safeguards in place to prevent misconduct, and ideas for how funders and universities can communicate to reduce toxic workplaces and harassment.


Links to recent Webinars

DEI Community: Open and Equitable Funding Program   
The DEI Community hosted a webinar to learn about the Open & Equitable Model Funding Program, which is a collaboration between the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) and the HRA.

Social Media: Never One Size Fits All                                        
The new Communications Community led a discussion of the use of social media. How when done well, social media can give you and your organization an invaluable platform to raise your voice, highlight your mission, and can give you a fresh perspective.

Hosting Meetings in 2022 Open Mic
HRA members discussed challenges such as vaccine and mask requirements, and successful strategies for hosting in-person, hybrid and remote meetings.


HRA’s Spring Members Meeting – Converted to Virtual

Thanks to everyone who responded to the attendance survey. Unfortunately, we don’t have a critical number of HRA members who are likely to attend in person.  Thus, the Spring Members Meeting will be converted to a completely virtual meeting. The 4 sessions will be held during the afternoons (ET) the same 2 days (Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21).