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Contact NAVREF to inquire about our 2021 conference sponsor/exhibition opportunities by emailing info@navref.org or by
calling 301-656-5005


Conference Questions?

Hawk Tran - Operations Officer
htran@navref.org


It's a twofer! Get ready for our first two-part conference!

NAVREF is planning to host two conferences this year! The first will be our virtual conference from August 23-25th and then an in-person conference in New Orleans, September 12-15th.


So what's a twofer? A two for one special!

By registering for the in-person conference, you will automatically get free registration to the virtual conference as well! Not interested in NOLA? No problem. You can choose the Virtual-Only option below to register just for the virtual conference.


Register Here for New Orleans +PLUS        Register Here for Virtual-Only

New Orleans Conference Preliminary Agenda (updated July 14, 2021)

All times shown are Central Time.

Sunday, September 12

 1:00 PM  - 6:00 PM Registration Desk Opens
 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Consortium Meeting
 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM NAVREF Annual Membership Meeting
 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Conference Networking Reception


Monday, September 13

 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast with Exhibitor Presentations
 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony and a live performance of the National Anthem 
 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote: Rosie Torres, Founder, Burn Pits 360
 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM Refreshment Break
 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Power Dynamics on Your Board
  • Haspoa Horizon User Group
  • Becoming a Multi-Site
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Board Management
  • Build Your IDC Rate
  • Meet the Consortium
 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Refreshment Break
 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Plenary Session: New Revenue Opportunities: Artificial Intelligence
 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 7th Annual NAVREF Awards Reception



Tuesday, September 14

 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM  Breakfast with Exhibitor Presentations
 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Keynote: Leading in the New Normal: Why Systems Thinking Matters by US Army Colonel (ret.) Hise Gibson
 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Refreshment Break
 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Large NPC Moderated Forum
  • Medium NPC Moderated Forum
  • Small NPC Moderated Forum
 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Eastern Region Moderated Forum
  • Southeastern Region Moderated Forum
  • Central Region Moderated Forum
  • Western Region Moderated Forum
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Lunch
 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Education Advisory Work Group Deliverables
  • CRADA Budget Case Study
  • How Human Resources Can Make Your Organization Shine

 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  Refreshment Break
 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Plenary Session: Decentralized Clinical Studies


Wednesday, September 15

 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM  Breakfast with Exhibitor Presentations
 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

 Breakout Sessions:

  • Welcome to the 21st Century: A Focus on Website Development and Digital Communication
  • Federal Funds Management
  • Multi-Site Study Budgeting
 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM  Refreshment Break
 10:30 PM - 12:00 PM  Q&A with the NAVREF Board and VA CRADO


NAVREF Awards Nominations

The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is pleased to continue our “Awards for Distinguished Service & Innovation” for its fourth year. The awards will recognize professional contributions by individuals to NAVREF, its member nonprofit corporations (NPCs) or affiliated organizations within the fields of VA research and education.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN - Download the form here


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2020 Award Winners

Barbara West Award

Amy Kimball, CEO

Boston VA Research Institute

Board of Directors Award

Elaine Staats, Director of Sponsored Research

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

Innovations and Best Practice Award

Margaret Tiktin, Director of Clinical Research

VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

1717 K ST NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006

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