Business Research Day with the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Friday, February 28

The Walker College of Business and Appalachian's Office of Research are hosting a Business Research Day with the National Science Foundation (NSF), featuring Alan Tomkins, Deputy Division Director of Social and Economic Sciences (SBE/SES). This day is designed to introduce faculty to the NSF, the opportunities within NSF - specifically SBE, but others will be discussed as well, detail the NSF review process, and give tips on NSF grantsmanship. A panel of Appalachian business faculty will be featured to share lessons learned and about their research. The event will be held on Appalachian's campus in 4140 Peacock Hall (Holland International Engagement Room). A light breakfast and luncheon will be served at no cost to registrants.


8:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast + Check-in

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
NSF and SBE 101 with Alan Tomkins, NSF Deputy Division Director

10:45 a.m.
NSF Review Process and Grantsmanship with Alan Tomkins, NSF Deputy Division Director

12:00 p.m.
Luncheon Panel Conversation 

  • Panelists will discuss their experiences with sponsored research and the opportunities and unqiue challenges that business faculty face.
  • Lunch will be provided at no cost to participants.
  • Panelists will include grant recipients in the Walker College of Business.


Why Attend?

Are you interested in seeking external funding for your research projects? Are you interested in opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across campus? Business Research Day with the NSF is an informative event designed to help you:

  • Learn about the National Science Foundation (NSF) which supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. “This type of support is the primary driver of the U.S. economy, enhances the nation’s security, and advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.” (

  • Learn about the funding priorities of the Division of the Social and Economic Sciences (SES) which supports disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and methodological research and big data and survey infrastructure

  • Learn about the NSF review process and what makes a proposal successful

  • Learn about grantsmanship

  • Learn from the funding experiences of Appalachian business faculty

One-on-one Sessions

Alan Tomkins will offer 20-minute, one-on-one sessions on a first come, first served basis. Up to 12 spots available; sign-up when you RSVP.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Alan Tomkins joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2014 after nearly 30 years as a professor in UNL’s Law/Psychology Program and founding the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center in 1998. He currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) of NSF. He also has served as SES’s Acting Director and as the Acting Director for the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS).   


Additional Participants