Avoid “Returned without Review….” An In-depth Look at Agency RFPs

Includes a Live Event on 06/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

(90 minutes) Successful proposal submission requires research administrators at both the central and departmental levels to have a solid understanding of sponsor guidelines.  Efforts to minimize the risk of receiving a proposal as “returned without review” are essential to achieving the goal of getting a complete and compliant package out the door on-time. As proposal development can be a labor-intensive and often frustrating endeavor, having a strong comprehension of an agency’s requirements is an important job skill. 

Join us as we delve into a robust discussion on one of the best tools you can utilize in your quest for success – the Request for Proposal (RFP). Topics to be discussed will include the importance of the RFP and its requisite components.  We will review a diverse pool of RFPs and highlight similarities and identify those components that are unique to specific agencies.


Shelly Berry-Hebb
Associate Director for Proposal Services
Texas A&M University

Tony Ventimiglia
Acting Executive Director of Research Administration Services
Auburn University

Hagan Walker
Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs
Prisma Health

Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 
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Member Price: $125.00
Non-Member Price: $150.00

NEW! Avoid “Returned without Review….” An In-depth Look at Agency RFPs- After the Show Forum
June 3, 2021
Webinar 2:00 pm -3:30 pm EDT
After the Show Forum: 3:35 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

It often feels like the conversation is just getting started when we get to the end of our 90 minute webinars.  We hear you!

NCURA now offers an additional forum for webinar participants to continue the conversation and share information as a part of the webinar registration fee.

At the end of our 90 minute webinar we will take a 5 minute break and then participants can rejoin us and break into small groups to discuss and network on the topic. 

Sign up for “After the Show” is available for all webinar participants at no additional cost. We will also be looking for volunteers to help facilitate the breakout groups. You will have some starter questions and you would engage with the group.  We will ask participants of the forum to turn their cameras on to support interaction.

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Attendees will:

  • Learn about the importance of an agency’s Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Become familiar with the components of various agencies RFPs
  • Be able to identify essential RFP elements
  • Learn best practices for reading and interpreting agency guidelines

Shelly Berry-Hebb

Associate Director for Proposal Services

Texas A&M University

Shelly Berry-Hebb, CPRA, is an Associate Director for Proposal Services at Texas A&M University.  Prior to her leadership role, Shelly processed proposals for 23 years.  She has extensive knowledge with USDA and NIH submissions.  Shelly leads a team of 20 proposal administrators who serve various members of The Texas A&M University System including, Agrilife Research and Extension, The Health Science Center, and Regional Campuses.  She is a past Chair for NCURA Region V and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Research Administration Certification Council (RACC).

Tony Ventimiglia

Acting Executive Director of Research Administration Services

Auburn University

Tony Ventimiglia is the Acting Executive Director of Research Administration Services at Auburn University where his responsibilities include oversight of the Offices of Sponsored Programs and Proposal Services and Faculty Support. Tony has over twenty years of experience in research administration and has volunteered in various capacities within NCURA at both the regional and national level, including as NCURA Secretary (2016-2017) and President (2019). Tony has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph's College (Political Science) and a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY Stony Brook (Public Affairs). He can be reached at ventiaf@auburn.edu.

Hagan Walker

Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs

Prisma Health

Hagan Walker, PhD, MBA, serves as the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs for Prisma Health through its research partnership with Clemson University. She has nine years’ experience in Research Administration. In her current role, Dr. Walker provides comprehensive grant management support to faculty and staff with a focus on growing the research enterprise for the academic health center. She can be reached at haganw@clemson.edu.

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