Program Officer Event


The SAEM Annual Meeting will host the third annual Program Officer Event on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The event will facilitate interaction and networking between selected attendees and Program Officials (POs) from major federal funding agencies, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM — Didactic Panel of Program Officers - Meet the Rainmakers
3:30 pm – 4:20 PM — Individual Meetings with Program Officers from Federal Agencies
4:30 PM – 5:20 PM — Networking Event with Program Officers

The 80-minute session will consist of four one-on-one time slots, providing 20 attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with the PO of their choice.


Attendees will be selected through a competitive application process. Priority will be given to applicants who have unique research ideas and a demonstrated record of academic accomplishments. More information on applying to this year’s event will be available soon.

Individual Meetings

Questions for POs might include:
How do I choose the right institute for my proposal?
How might I improve my investigator score?
How do you recommend I approach and interact with a PO?


A one-hour networking and social event will immediately follow the one-on-one sessions. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with POs in an informal setting while enjoying food and drinks.

*If you are selected to attend the SAEM24 Program Officer Event, you are required to either have a full conference registration or a one-day Wednesday conference registration.