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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for more information on how your organization can be an exhibitor or supporter of the 24th NAVREF Annual Conference.


NAVREF Scholarship Program

NAVREF encourages every VA-affiliated nonprofit research and education corporation (NPC) to send at least one individual to NAVREF’s Annual Conference. To make this goal more possible, NAVREF offers scholarships to assist member organizations with registration costs for one representative from the NPC to attend the annual conference.

Click here to apply for a NAVREF Scholarship

AMTRAK offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Washington, DC, between September 7–17, 2016.
To book your reservation call AMTRAK at 800-872-7245, or contact your local travel agent.
Please be sure to refer to convention fare code X04A-942 when making your reservation.  This fare cannot be booked online. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train or Acela service.
Fare is valid on AMTRAK Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.
Offer valid with sleepers, business class or first class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.




Conference Rates

Member Rate: $865 (Group Rate: $665 each additional person)

VA Rate: $900 

                                                                    Academic or Industry Rate: $1000 

Hotel Information


This year, NAVREF will be holding our annual conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Pentagon City. Attendees can reserve their rooms at the group rate of $219 per night. While The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City features an updated look and amenities, it continues to celebrate the past in subtle ways. Traditional elegance is weaved throughout this luxury hotel in Arlington, VA, where beautiful artwork is displayed honoring the Nation’s service members and leaders.

Click here to make your hotel reservations       Group Code: VRFVRFA


Preliminary Program Schedule

In keeping with our theme of 'Inspire-Partner-Succeed', our program is designed with the NPC in mind, and is offering pragmatic sessions with dynamic speakers. Exciting new elements to look forward to this year at the conference is a "Take the Hill Day" and a networking lunch to meet your VA STAR attorney. 

Click here to view the prelimary program schedule Updated: August 30, 2016

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NAVREF Awards Nominations


The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is pleased to continue our “Awards for Distinguished Service & Innovation” for its second year. The awards will recognize professional contributions by individuals to NAVREF, its member nonprofit corporations (NPCs) or affiliated organizations within the fields of VA research and education. The awards will be presented at the NAVREF annual conference banquet scheduled for September 12, 2016.


Click here to learn more about each award or nomintate someone you know.

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Last year's inaugural winners include:

Barbara West Award - Ms. Nancy Watterson-Diorio, CEO of the Boston VA Research Institute

Board of Directors Award - Dr. John Johnson, Executive Director of the East Bay Institute for Research and Education

Innovations Award - Mr. Ron Hakes, Executive Director, Cincinnati Education and Research for Veterans Foundation


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