International Region Activities

Region 8 - International Region Events at AM65

To register for these Region VIII events, please select them during the AM65 Registration Process!


Region 8 Members Welcome Reception - Monday, August 7, 2023, 6-8:30pm

Join your NCURA colleagues from across the globe for a Region 8 Welcome reception on Monday, August 7. This is a fabulous opportunity to connect and celebrate our hard work and amazing impact on creating a supportive global research administration and management community. 

Location: Meeting at the Terrace Level of the Washington Hilton. The location will be revealed soon!

Cost: $60

Contact for questions: Elly Pineda


Region 8 workshop: NIH for International Institutions: Best Practices, Application Tips, and NIH RePORTER

Thursday. August 10, 2023, 8:30am-4:00pm

This workshop delivered by the University of Maryland’s administrative training program, Borderless Research Administration Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE), will provide strategies and practical takeaways for international institutions on managing compliance during pre-award and post-award for NIH grants. Participants will learn about NIH's funding mechanisms, scientific review, submission requirements, and pre- and post- award issues. We will provide resources to share with your investigators on parts of the proposal, including what NIH wants in each section and what reviewers are looking for. The workshop will end with a focus on NIH RePORTER, which is more than just a database of NIH funded research. It is a treasure trove of information for administrators and researchers alike. We will show participants how to use RePORTER as a tool to find Program Officers, study sections, who else applied to what funding opportunity, and comparative costs. You will be able to go back to your institution (or open your laptop) and use this tool immediately.

Workshop Speakers:

Rebecca Hunsaker

Rebecca Hunsaker is the Executive Director for Research Management in the Dean’s Office of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary responsibilities involve compliance and reporting activities on sponsored projects. She reviews each proposal from departments before they reach the sponsored research office, manages human subjects incentives/compensation for the College, oversees the Dean’s annual seed grant program, and ensures ethical stewardship of sponsored funding. She regularly develops and conducts training sessions and workshops for the College and the University on budgeting, departmental sponsored project management, data management tools for research management, and federal compliance issues as they arise. Rebecca has been at the University of Maryland since 2003 when she started as a research assistant in a federally-funded research center, and has worked at the departmental and central levels on budget development and management, proposal development and submission, and a variety of compliance issues at every level.

Beth Brittan-Powell

Beth began her career as a researcher in a well-funded NIH psychoacoustics lab at UMD: she has a PhD in Neuroscience, over 20 years of research experience, and managed a large research lab for 8 years before shifting to research administration. As an administrator, she worked as a grants development specialist for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science graduate program for 5 year before joining the Office of the Vice President for Research within the Division of Research at UMD in 2012. As Director of Research Collaborations within the Division, Beth has been responsible for the management of Joint Research Collaborations, promoting the research partnerships between the College Park and Baltimore (professional schools) campuses, College Park and International Strategic Partners, and the Brain and Behavior Initiative. She is also a member of the Borderless Research Administrator Knowledge Exchange (BRAKE) team, a unique, proactive program designed to help build global research partnerships by sharing knowledge with international peers on the oversight of U.S. federal funding and streamlining administrative functions. Beth is a sitting member of the Conflict of Interest, Research Safety and Operations, and  Laboratory Operations Committees. As of July 2021, she became the Director of Research Compliance in the Division of Research.

Location: Meeting at the Terrace Level of the Washington Hilton. Campus address is 1140 Biology-Psychology Building, 4094 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: Early bird $150, and regular fee: $200

Contact for questions: Elly Pineda

*Note- this workshop does not qualify for CPEs or Annual Meeting CEUs.*


Register for both Region 8 events during the Annual Meeting registration process! Register for the meeting here!

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