Workshop: Research In Biomathematics: A Guide To Funding From The U.S. Army Research Office


Tuesday, June 11, 1:30-4:45

Organizers: Reinhard Laubenbacher and Luis Sordo Vieira, University of Florida, Department of Medicine

Funding: U.S. Army Research Office, Biomathematics Program


1:30-1:45: Introduction to workshop (Reinhard Laubenbacher, U. Florida)

1:45-2:00: Introduction to ARO Biomathematics Program (Virginia Pasour, ARO)

2:00-2:25: Institutional resources for grant applicants (Della Philman, U. Florida,  Department of Medicine, Sponsored Programs Office) (virtual)

2:25-2:40: How to tell a scientific story (Czerne Reid, U Florida, Department of Psychiatry, science communication) (virtual)

2:40-3:10: Break

3:10-3:25: Lessons learned from obtaining grant funding (Tongli Zhang, University of Cinncinnati)

3:25-3:40: Lessons learned from obtaining grant funding (Luis Sordo Vieira, University of Florida)

3:40-4:00: Q&A Panel with speakers

4:00-4:15: The SIAM community and the life sciences (Suzanne Weekes, SIAM Chief Executive Officer)

4:15-4:45: break-out discussions with potential mentors/mentees

Workshop Logistics and Funding Information:*

The workshop will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, June 11th.  It will be a part of the regular program of the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, taking place in Portland, Oregon, June 10-13, 2024. Participants are required to register for the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, a one-day registration will be available.

On-site registration for workshop participants will be available. However, if you wish to be considered for funding to defer the costs to travel and attend SIAM Life Sciences and would like to be matched with a mentor or serve as a mentor, please fill out the following form by April 15, 2024: FORM LINK

*Travel funding awards will be granted on a first come first served basis for eligible applicants.

Workshop Overview:

Mathematics has become a key technology for research in the life sciences and biomedicine. As these fields continue to become ever more data-rich, the workforce of mathematical modelers will need to expand considerably to keep pace with demand for modelers and data scientists in academia, industry, and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Academic research in this field plays an important role for two reasons. First, it is a major contributor to basic research in biology and biomedicine. Second, it is the most important contributor to the mathematical biology workforce. To ensure that all parts of society can contribute in both ways, it is crucial that all faculty have access to research funding and research support for their students. The proposed workshop is intended to help faculty from these institutions to successfully compete for research grants from the ARO Biomathematics Program and perform cutting-edge research and use it to engage and mentor students at their institutions.

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Workshop Goals:

  1. Provide a hands-on introduction to the application process for research funding from the ARO Biomathematics Program, and other similar programs to faculty conducting research in biomathematics at small institutions that lack extensive administrative support for grants administration. 
  2. Help pair researchers who are currently funded by the Biomathematics program with potential applicants to form mentor/mentee teams for proposal preparation and subsequent grant-funded research.

Organizing Committee:

Reinhard Laubenbacher Ph.D.
Director of the Laboratory for Systems Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Florida

Luis Sordo Vieira Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Florida

Barbara Martin
Administrative Specialist
Laboratory for Systems Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Florida

*The occurrence of this workshop is contingent upon funding from the Army Research Office.