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Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.

Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.

CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.


CUR_DIaloguesCUR Dialogues 2018

A Sense of Mission:  Pursuing Funding in Challenging Times

Connecting Faculty and Administrators at All Career Stages To Funding Resources and Processes -- and to Each Other

February 15-17, 2018

“CUR Dialogues provided a great opportunity to meet with NSF and DOE program officers and engage in conversations about submitting the best possible proposal from our institution. The REU Mock Review Panel session was one of the best things I’ve attended with the opportunity for immediate feedback from NSF program officers.“ Marisa Moazen, PhD, Director, Office of UR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
CUR Dialogues brings faculty and administrators to the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders. Attendees also can engage in several networking opportunities.

Click here to view the 2018 program of events.as of 2/15/18


General Information

The 2018 institute will be held from February 15-17, 2018**, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

Click here to register (Early-bird registration ends Friday, 12/15/17).

**CUR Dialogues 2018 will begin at 4pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018, and will end around noon on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

There is an additional workshop for proposal writers: “Beyond the Basic: Proposal Writing” Workshop. It will begin at 1:30pm on Saturday, February 17 and end at noon on Sunday, February 18. There is an additional $130 fee for this workshop. Rate includes breakfast on Sunday. Registration details are available from the registration portal of the conference site. For more information about the required project summary, please click here.

Workshops and plenary sessions will:

• provide participants with information about grant opportunities in research and education, both new and ongoing, as well as current trends in higher education relevant to undergraduate research;
• assist faculty with strategies on optimizing their grant funding success; and
• foster faculty members’ and administrators’ grant preparation skills.

Participants will:

• meet in small groups and talk informally with program officers and grants management officers.  Past participating agencies have included the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense agencies, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund, and American Educational Research Association
• meet with other faculty and administrators who have been successful in obtaining grant funding; and
• network with other faculty and administrators to identify potential research collaborations.
In addition, CUR Dialogues provides a setting for funders to learn of the interests, needs, and concerns of researchers and educators relative to funding opportunities. CUR Dialogues have spawned many ideas for grant programs and have helped agencies to refine their program guidelines.
Who should attend: Faculty at all career stages, undergraduate research directors, research and sponsored programs administrators, development and governmental affairs officers

Registration Fees

Registration is not complete until payment has been received.
All CUR Dialogue fees must be paid in full by Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Enhanced Member: Early-bird: $375 / Regular: $400 / Late: $440
Institutional Member: Early-bird: $435 / Regular: $475 / Late: $515
Individual Member: Early-bird: $495 / Regular: $535 / Late: $575
Non Member: Early-bird: $575/ Regular: $615 / Late: $675
BTB: $130
One Day: $275
Rate includes the following meals: Thursday - reception only; Friday - breakfast, lunch and reception, Saturday - breakfast only
All registrations received after Wednesday, February 1, 2018, will incur a $40 late fee.

Conference Grants

A limited number of conference grants is available for individuals to attend CUR Dialogues 2018 on February 15-17, 2018, in Arlington, VA.
The deadline for applications for grants to attend CUR Dialogues 2018 is December 15, 2017.

Hotel Information



2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202, USA

Book your group rate for Council on Undergraduate Research:

1-888-421-1442 or 402-592-6464


Rate: $169.00 USD Single per night / $179.00 Double per night (Last day to book: 1/28/2018)

Map and directions:


Area Airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA
Airport Phone:  1 703 417 8000
Hotel direction: 0.9 miles SW
  • Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary - Shuttle Phone: 1 703 413 1300
  • Alternate transportation: SuperShuttle; fee: 15 USD (one way) ;reservation required - 800-BlueVan (800-258-3826) or on Super Shuttle's website
  • Subway service, fee:  1.65 USD  (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: 10 USD  (one way)
Washington Dulles International Airport - IAD
Airport Phone:  1 703 572 2700
Hotel direction: 28 miles SE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service to Dulles.
  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 30 USD (one way); reservation required - 800-BlueVan (800-258-3826) or on Super Shuttle's website
  • Estimated taxi fare: 50 USD  (one way)


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CUR Dialogues 2017

CUR Dialogues 2017 was held on February 16-18, 2017, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, VA  For more information about last year’s program, please see:  CUR Dialogues 2017 Program.