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Support for Scientific Meetings

NIGMS provides support for a limited number of scientific meetings, conferences and workshops on basic biomedical research and research training topics relevant to its mission. Such meetings may be funded by grant (R13) or cooperative agreement (U13) assistance mechanisms and may be awarded for up to 5 years. Any U.S. institution or organization, including an established scientific or professional society, is eligible to apply.

Areas of Interest

In general, NIGMS will only support meetings that:

  • Are closely aligned with its central mission and interests. However, simply because a meeting falls within the general areas of science supported by NIGMS does not mean that the Institute will support the meeting.
  • Are non-recurring, unless they focus on training or workforce development in areas pertinent to the Institute's mission.
  • Include participants who do not frequently interact in other venues.

The Institute anticipates accepting very few R13 and U13 applications. NIGMS will also accept very few secondary or dual assignments of R13 applications. Applicants seeking dual assignment with NIGMS are advised to contact program staff prior to submitting a letter of intent.

Applicants seeking support for integrated training-related activities in addition to conference support should consider the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25.

Letter of Intent, Application and Review

As a first step, NIGMS strongly encourages potential applicants to discuss proposed meetings with Dr. Ann Hagan, associate director for extramural activities, 301-594-4499.

Before submitting an application, NIGMS requires potential applicants to submit a letter of intent to the NIGMS associate director for extramural activities at least 30 days before the application deadline. The letter of intent must contain the title, purpose, significance, content, list of potential speakers, audience, location and estimated cost of the proposed meeting. Sufficient information should be provided to allow assessment of how the grant addresses NIGMS priorities for the R13/U13 program. The acceptance of a letter of intent does not substitute for a formal conference grant application. The NIGMS associate director for extramural activities will respond to letters of intent with a letter or e-mail message indicating approval or disapproval. An approval response must accompany an application or it will be returned to the submitter.

Applications must be made electronically through Grants.gov using the SF424 form and application guide. The application receipt deadlines are April 12, August 12 and December 12. NIGMS staff will evaluate applications for programmatic relevance and the NIH Center for Scientific Review or the NIGMS Office of Scientific Review will manage the review of applications for scientific merit.

To allow time for the approval process, for applications requesting $75,000 or less, there must be at least 6 months between the application deadline and the date of the proposed conference; for meetings with budgets exceeding $75,000, there must be at least 10 months between the application deadline and the proposed conference date.

For more information, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, September 11, 2013 (PA-13-347) or contact Dr. Ann Hagan at 301-594-4499.

This page last reviewed on September 04, 2014