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Regional Meeting 2020:

Working Apart and Coming Together

The 2020 Region VI and VII Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 Regional Meeting will be November 17th - 19th, VIRTUALLY.

Tuesday, November 17 through Thursday, November 19, 2020

8 am-1 pm Hawaii | 9 am-2 pm Alaska | 11 am-4 pm Pacific | 12 pm-5 pm Mountain


All sessions will be live and will include a moderator.


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for RM2020: Working Apart and Coming Together.

Early Bird registration for members and non-members will be $50 and open through October 23, 2020.

Regular registration will be available through November 10, 2020 for $75.

Please note, registration will not be accepted after November 10, 2020.

Please click on the buttons below to access the online registration or mail in form!

Preliminary program of presentations and sessions is now available!

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Please continue to check back for additional meeting details, session schedules, and  schedule of events!

Track Descriptions, Levels, and Formats

Save the 2019 Track Descriptions, Levels, and Formats

Track Descriptions

Compliance (Half‐track).

Topics may include: human subjects research; animal subjects research; stem cell research; occupational safety and health, environmental and biosafety hazards; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibility and development; publications; collaborative research ethics; scientific misconduct; standards for the responsible conduct of research; and research ethics education programs, curricula, requirements, and approaches; export control compliance; conflict of interest; data security.



Topics may include: contract negotiation and monitoring, including for sponsored research, material transfer, and unfunded collaborations for all sponsor types (industry, non-profit, and government); confidentiality, data use and other unfunded agreements; subawards, subcontracts, and subrecipient monitoring; intellectual property; institutional policies and procedures pertaining to contracts; and analysis of problems that may arise in these areas.


Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) and Departmental.

Topics may include: proposal development and preparation including announcement review, budget development, institutional routing; direct working relationships with and support to faculty, financial accounting and management of the research funds; onboarding and guiding new faculty; providing “first‐line” support and being point of contact to internal (PI’s, staff, central office, other institutional offices, etc.) and external constituents on behalf of the PI/Study Team.


Topics may also include those specific to research administrators at two‐year, four‐year, masters‐level, and small doctoral colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate degrees, or provide programs of instruction for students pursuing such degrees with institutional transfers (e.g., two‐year schools), where undergraduate enrollment exceeds graduate enrollment, and no more than 10 Ph.D. or D.Sc. degrees are awarded per year. Such as: research administration in a teaching focused environment; programs that are unique to or aimed at PUIs; issues that are unique to organizations for whom research/sponsored projects are not mission critical.

Human Capital/Organizational Development.

Topics may include: career development; human resources; workplace environment and relations management; personal growth and development; leadership; quality of life development; self‐assessment; supervisor/staff relations; industrial/workplace psychology; succession planning; onboarding; training; getting involved in the larger research administration community, including NCURA.


Topics may include: pre‐award management activities at the central office; proposal development and assessment; research proposal review, endorsement and submission; management of specialized programs, e.g. clinical trials; non clinical, transition/transformation of programs to new stages in research; role of research administration in institutional policy formation. review and understanding of terms and conditions; Uniform Guidance regulations; federal regulatory requirements for pre‐award; role of research administration in institutional policy development; announcement review; management of specialized programs, e.g. clinical trials, program/center grants.



Topics may include: cost accounting; auditing; OMB and Uniform Guidance requirements for universities, hospitals, private sector; matching funds issues/cost sharing; financial conflict of interest issues; facilities and administration (F&A) costs; procurement and purchasing; salaries, compensation, honoraria; and travel allocability and allowability; working with sponsoring agencies.

Updates (Half-Track).

Topics may include: Federal agency updates; agency‐specific programs and rules; and updates and initiatives from partner organizations such as COGR, FDP, etc.

Session Levels

Beginner or Primer

Participant assumes basic, or no understanding of the topics presented. A person with less than a year of experience in research administration would be the typical audience member.



Participant assumes mid‐level experience with the topics presented. The participant has had experience with subject matter and is somewhat knowledgeable and is generally trained on the basics of the topic (s) presented.



Participants are those with significant experience in the area, and includes those at Directors and Associate Directors level. These sessions should look to challenge even those fairly fluent on the topic, or provide an opportunity to discuss a perspective or complexity that is not ordinarily addressed for more basic audiences.

Session Formats

Concurrent Session

This is a session with the speakers using a more formal lecture format, with some time reserved at the end for questions. It is the most formal structure. The majority of sessions will fall within this format.

Discussion Group

This session would have one or two moderators experienced in the topic, with an “audience” of 10 – 15 sitting around a table. It is an active exchange between the moderators and the audience. These topics tend to be extremely important to a smaller group of people, so expect to have more detailed discussions and case studies.

IGNITE Sessions

IGNITE sessions are 10-15 minute, high-energy offerings meant to quickly spark interest and get right to the good stuff.


Workshops are full and half day. They are designed for maximum participation and exchange of information. The format often involves doing work on a particular issue during the workshop time. The promise is when the participants leave; they will have at least a rough plan or tools in place to address the challenge or issue. There is a separate fee to attend, which typically includes extra materials.

Photos from Regional Meeting 2019

Click on the below links to view the great photos from the opening and closing receptions during the Regional Meeting!

A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra Wainscott Photography for capturing these events

Thank you Sponsors!

Regional Meeting 2019

Thanks to all who joined us in Seattle, Washington for a great Regional Meeting!

A huge thank you to our volunteers! You are what makes these meeting run and we truly appreciate everyone's efforts to make this meeting such a success. 

Region VII by the Numbers:

89 Attendees

11 New Members
29 Presenters

4 Workshop Faculty
16 Volunteers

Access the presentations and downloads from the sessions on the app! Click Here for the web based version. Make sure to login with your registration email and click on past events!

Thank you to all of the Region VII Members, Volunteers, and Officers for such a great 2019! Click on the link below to see how many people make this region run!

Past Regional Meetings

2019 - Seattle, Washington

October 27 - 30, 2019

Motif Hotel

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2018 - Billings, Montana

October 7 - 10, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings

2017 - Portland, Oregon 

November 5 - 8, 2017

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront


2016 - Maui, Hawaii 

October 2 - 5, 2016

Grand Wailea Hotel and Resort


2015 - Salt Lake City, Utah

October 5 - 7, 2015

Little America Hotel


2014 - Reno, Nevada

October 5 - 8, 2014

Grand Sierra Resort


2013 - Phoenix, Arizona

April 7 - 10, 2013

2012 - Waikoloa, Hawaii

April 15 - 18, 2012

Grand Sierra Resort


2011 - Denver, Colorado

April 3 - 6, 2011

The Westin Tabor Hotel

2010 - Newport Beach, California

April 18 - 21, 2010

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel

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