Workshop 1:  Assessment  [COMPLETED]:  October 5 – 6, 2015

Workshop 2:  Action Plan:  February 1 – 2, 2016

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Translational Research

Conference Location: 

Venue: Planet Hollywood (Celebrity Ballroom 6)

3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 333-9474

Average room rate:  $79.50 + taxes and fees per night (each night has a different charge)

Workshop 2 Participant Action Items:

Register for workshop attendance:

Self-Identification Survey for NSF (all responses are anonymous):

Hotel Registration:

Overall Key Themes

  • Development of an action plan to remove barriers and drive innovation as an outcome of these interconnected activities:  directed research, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship & new venture and business development
  • How to build partnerships to spur innovation and develop it into drivers for economic development


Workshop 2 Overview

DAY 1:  Monday, February 1, 2016 

Each state will present their prioritized SWOT analysis and first draft of their objective and action plan to the group.  There also will be an open discussion about NSF EPSCoR community needs.

DAY 2: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teams will be paired together to compare notes, exchange ideas, and then refine their action plans.  Two teams will be selected to present to the group.  Recommendations to NSF EPSCoR regarding community needs will be formulated.


Travel Reimbursements

Travel reimbursements (amount to be determined) will occur post-event (travel advances are not available).  To receive reimbursement, please fill out, sign and return the Guest Traveler Worksheet with all original receipts and a copy of the Conference Agenda to Terry Crow (Business Manager, TN-SCORE, 2450 E J Chapman Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996) either via mail or at the Workshop. For mileage reimbursement, please include your odometer readings or attach a MapQuest of your route.

If your institution is reimbursing you for your travel and then invoicing UT for reimbursement, please do not submit any forms to Terry.  Have your institution’s agent contact Terry directly.


Deadline for submitting reimbursement forms and receipts is February 28, 2016.

Click here  for the University of Tennessee Travel Policy.  Please refer to this site while making your travel arrangements.

Click here for the University of Tennessee Guest Traveler Form.


Please contact Joy Fisher with any questions.


We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

Day 1 Schedule

7:15 AM Registration Open
7:15 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM John Hopkins Welcome and Introductions
8:15 AM Uma Venkateswaran NSF EPSCoR Welcome
8:30 AM Joy Fisher Setting the Stage
8:45 AM Individual Team Discussions Finalize details; presentation plan
9:00 AM State Presentations SWOT Snapshot, Objective, Action Plans
10:10 AM Break
10:30 AM State Presentations SWOT Snapshot, Objective, Action Plans
11:50 PM Lunch
1:00 PM State Presentations SWOT Snapshot, Objective, Action Plans
2:00 PM Break
2:20 PM State Presentations SWOT Snapshot, Objective, Action Plans
3:40 PM Break
4:00 PM Teams SWOT Snapshot, Objective, Action Plans
4:20 PM John Hopkins EPSCoR Community Needs
5:00 PM Joy Fisher  Wrap-up
5:15 PM  Close (dinner-on -own)

Day 2 Schedule

7:15 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Joy Fisher Results of Team Prioritizations
8:15 AM Teams First set of team pairings for discussion
9:00 AM Teams Second set of team pairings for discussion
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Teams  Refinement of final action plan
11:00 AM Teams  Two selected team report-outs
11:30 AM John Hopkins EPSCoR Community Recommendations
12:00 PM John Hopkins Wrap-up
12:15 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM  Close
This workshop series is supported by NSF EPS-1521666