August 31, 2023

Why Attend the Funder Forum: A Closer Look at Days 2 and 3

Funder Forum Agenda


In a landscape where the stakes of research funding are constantly evolving, Altum’s Funder Forum offers a unique opportunity to delve into the nitty-gritty details of grant funding best practices, DEI initiatives, and innovative trends. This exclusive event is set to unfold over three days from September 19-21, 2023, at the APTA Centennial Center in Alexandria, VA. While the first day is reserved for ProposalCentral customers, Day 2 and Day 3 are open to the industry and designed to dive deep into subject matters that are pressing and relevant. If you’re a research funder interested in elevating your grant funding game, these two days offer a potent blend of knowledge, networking, and next-level understanding. Let’s break down what you can expect.


The Setting

First things first, the venue. The APTA Centennial Center offers a conducive environment for thought exchange. It is conveniently located across the street from the Potomac Yard metro stop. Accessibility isn’t a hurdle; it’s an invitation. Kickstart your mornings with a quick networking breakfast, because who says meaningful connections can’t be forged over pastries and coffee?


Day 2 Highlights: From AI to ROI

Morning Keynote

The day begins with a morning keynote by Hayley Arceneaux, a Physician Assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a commercial astronaut, and a bone cancer survivor. When you have someone as multifaceted as Hayley setting the stage, you know you’re in for a day of comprehensive insights.

Panels to Look Out For

  • Persistent Identifier Panel: With industry experts Todd Carpenter, Lucy Ofiesh, Sarala Wimalaratne, and Chris Shillum, this session will navigate the nuances of persistent identifiers in research—essential for transparency and traceability.
  • Artificial Intelligence Panel: Steve Pinchotti, Albert Towers, and Dr. Thomas Hazel will dissect the influence of AI in grant funding and research.
  • ROI/Impact Assessment Panel: Understand the metrics that matter with Jennifer Kemp, Diane Bovenkamp, and Belinda Orland. They will delve into how to effectively measure and interpret the impact of your research funding.


The Networking Edge

The day concludes with a networking session that allows you to mingle with your industry peers on the rooftop terrace. That’s a combination hard to resist.


Day 3: Diversity, Equity, and Innovation

Morning Glory

Day 3 kicks off with Dr. William Dahut, the Chief Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society. Dr. Dahut brings a wealth of knowledge that can illuminate new pathways for your funding initiatives.

Panels to Engage In

  • DEI Initiatives Panel: Paolo P. Gujilde and Marc Hurlbert guide us through the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in grant funding—more relevant today than ever.
  • Open Science/Innovation Panel: This will be a deep dive into fostering transparency and collaboration in science with panelists Kaitlin Davis, Michelle Durborow, Kristen Ratan, and Anna Hatch.


Winding Down

After a day brimming with insights, wrap things up with a closing session that promises to be enlightening.


Final Thoughts

Altum’s Funder Forum is more than just an event; it’s a confluence of ideas, a networking hotspot, and a learning center rolled into one. Days 2 and 3 offer a veritable feast for thought for any research funder looking to up the ante. From high-impact keynotes to laser-focused panels and ample networking opportunities, you’ll leave not just inspired but equipped to make more informed funding decisions.

In the end, the question isn’t so much whether you can afford to attend, but whether you can afford not to. With what’s at stake, making the right funding decisions has never been more important—and attending the Funder Forum can equip you with the insights you need to do just that.

Register for Altum’s Funder Forum today and be a part of a conversation that could redefine the way you approach research funding. Your seat at the table is just a click away.

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