2014 Federal Funding Environment for Science Research
Kathie L. Olsen, Ph.D., Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks
Former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation
This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of the federal research funding environment, with emphasis on the National Science Foundation and its funding priorities, opportunities, review processes, and selection criteria. Suggestions for preparation of pre-proposals and proposals will be shared. Special attention will be given to career awards.
Kathie L. Olsen, PhD, is founder and managing director of ScienceWorks, a consulting firm that aids academic institutions and other research entities in their efforts to nurture successful, well-supported science programs and projects. Having a career that spans the full range from bench science to the highest ranks of U.S. scientific leadership, she is uniquely familiar with the challenges and opportunities inherent in every link in the chain of the research enterprise.
Dr. Olsen's affiliation with the National Science Foundation (NSF) began in 1984, when she was appointed an associate director in its Behavioral and Neural Sciences Division. In 1988, she established a new program in behavioral neuroendocrinology. Her NSF career was put on hold during the time that she completed prestigious assignments in the United States Senate (Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Chief Scientist), and at the Office of Science Technology Policy (Associate Director for Science) in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Olsen returned to NSF in August 2005 to serve as Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer, a position that she held for nearly five years. In that capacity, Dr. Olsen had responsibility for the day-to-day management of the agency and oversight for the implementation of an annual research budget of $6.5 billion. She was instrumental in the creation of several major new research initiatives, and served in key scientific advisory positions worldwide.
Dr. Olsen joined NSF after serving on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While an assistant professor there, Dr. Olsen received her first R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. She earned dual Bachelor degrees in Biology and Psychology from Chatham College (Pittsburgh, PA) and a Doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of California-Irvine. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Children's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Olsen is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NSF's Director's Award of Excellence, and the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit.