Getting on the Right Path:  Networks, Relationships, and Uncovering Grant Opportunities

February 13-16, 2020 - Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

“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

View final Program -updated as of 2/13/2020

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General Information

The 2020 CUR Dialogues will be held on February 13-16, 2020,** at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.
Early-bird registration ended Friday, December 13, 2019.
**CUR Dialogues 2020 will begin at 4 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and will end around noon on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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 grant preparation skills of faculty members and administrators.
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.

Postconference Workshops (a separate registration/application is required): 

CUR Beyond-the-Basics (BTB) – February 15-16, 2020
Cost: $150
This workshop is designed to provide insight into crafting more competitive research grant proposals. Anyone who expects some day to be writing grant proposals or assisting others who are writing grant proposals will benefit from the activities at this workshop. The workshop will help faculty members who have submitted grant proposals but have not yet been successful in securing funding. The workshop will help faculty members in the planning stages in refining their ideas and presentation to enhance their odds of obtaining funding. The workshop will be helpful to individuals in grants offices who work with faculty during the proposal submission process. Faculty participants will submit a 1-page summary of their intended project and will be given direct feedback on strengthening the case for funding of their project.
It will begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 15, and end at noon on Sunday, February 16. There is an additional $150 fee for this workshop. Rate includes breakfast on Sunday. Register for this postconference workshop via the registration portal of the conference registration site.
CUR Introduction to Beginning-a-Research Program (iBRP) – February 15-16, 2020
Cost: $325
This 1.5-day workshop is focused on the earliest steps of starting up a research program. Topics include selecting and managing research students, applying the best strategies for time management, and infusing a research program into the curriculum. Participants will attend plenary sessions and work individually and in small groups with a mentor/facilitator to develop short- and long-term goals for establishing a sustainable research program with undergraduate collaborators. The workshop is ideal for faculty members new to management of a research program or who wish to revamp a research program from scratch. Faculty participants will leave with a strategic plan and will receive long-term mentoring from their facilitator and other members of their disciplinary-based group.
It will begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 15 and end at 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 16. There is an additional $325 fee for this workshop. Rate includes breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Register for this postconference workshop via the registration portal of the conference registration site.

Registration Fees


Registration is not complete until payment has been received.
All CUR Dialogues fees must be paid in full by Friday, January 31, 2020. Registration will remain open until February 14, but orders made after Friday, January 31 will need to be paid upon registering. 
Registration Type Early-Bird Rate Regular Rate
Based on Membership Type Register by 12.13.19 Registration open until Feb 14
Enhanced Institutional Member $425 $455
Institutional Member $475 $505
Individual Member $535 $565
Nonmember $615 $645
One Day $300 $300
Beyond-the-Basics Workshop (BtB) $150 $150
Introduction to Beginning a Research Program (iBRP) $325 $325
*Rate includes the following meals: Thursday - reception only; Friday - breakfast, lunch and reception, Saturday - breakfast only

Conference Grants

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend CUR Dialogues 2020 on February 14-17, 2020, in Arlington, VA, which will feature sessions with federal agency program officers and other funders. The grants are offered to support the goals of the organization's mission and strategic pillars. Awardees will be able to register at the early-bird enhanced rate of $425 and will receive a $500 travel grant. This deadline ended. Thursday, November 21, 2019. 

Hotel Information

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway | Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-920-3230
Single: $139
Double: $149

Book your group rate for Council on Undergraduate Research:
1-800-228-9290 or 703-920-3230
Rate: $139.00 USD Single per night / $149.00 Double per night
CUR's hotel block has been extended until January 27, 2020. 
Map and directions:


Area Airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA
Airport Phone:  1 703 417 8000
Hotel direction: 2.0 miles NW
  • Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary Mon-Sun: 05:00 AM - 00:00 AM Shuttle Phone: 1 703 9203230
  • Courtesy Phone Available
  • Estimated taxi fare: 10 USD (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: 3.1 USD (one way)
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Airport Phone: 1 410-859-7111
Hotel direction: 37 miles SW
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 51 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 90 USD (one way)

Visit BWI airport website

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)


On-site parking, fee: $37

Other Transportation

Bus Station
Train Station
Car Rentals
  • HERTZ - 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Cancellation Policy

In general, the cancellation deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted. Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office 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 CUR National Office.
CUR always suggests that 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 it will also cover the registration cost for the meeting.

Most Recent Offering

This event was last held on January 14-16, 2019, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.  
For more information about last year’s event, please see the CUR Dialogues 2019 Program.


For questions or additional information about the institute, please contact Tavia Cummings.