The workshop was co-organized by the EU Research Support Unit of TU Wien and the U.S. National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) which was established in 1959. NCURA is world-wide recognized because of the outstanding quality of its vocational training events and continuing strive for excellence in research administration.
The goal of this workshop was to increase knowledge and understanding of European researchers as well as international research administrators about the US private and federal grants (e.g. NIH, NSF) that are open to the world. This workshop was specifically geared for international research managers and administrators with a basic or intermediate level of experiences with U.S. grants who want to achieve the next level of excellence.
The workshop presenters Leslie Schmidt (Montana State University, U.S.) and Eva Björndal (Karolinska Institutet, SE) are distinguished experts from the NCURA Global Faculty and the BILAT USA 4.0 EU initiative. About 50 research administrators from 14 countries participated in the global workshop, which ensured an international and interactive learning experience. In addition to Austria, most of the attendees came from United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.
First spontaneous feedback from the Vienna Workshop on "Fundamentals of US Funding Opportunities and US Sponsored Project Administration" showed that the high expectations have been met:
"Thank you for the successful NCURA Workshop in Vienna during the last few days!"
Eveniina K. from University of Helsinki, FIN.
"I hope you and your team are relaxed now after such a successful organization!"
Berna W. from FFG, Austrian Research Promotion Agency, AT.
"Thanks for serving as such a wonderful host for the Vienna global workshop."
Leslie S. from Montana State University, US.