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 fulfill all of the following characteristics:
- Are closely aligned with NIGMS’ central mission and interests, and
- Are non-recurring, and
- Include participants who do not frequently interact in other venues.
NIGMS will also consider support for freestanding meetings that focus on research training and/or workforce development that do not fit within Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25). Applicants seeking support for integrated training-related activities, in addition to conference support, should consider IPERT.
The Institute anticipates accepting very few R13 and U13 applications. Simply because a meeting falls within the general areas of science or training and workforce development supported by NIGMS does not mean that the Institute will support the meeting. NIGMS will rarely accept secondary or dual assignments of R13/U13 applications. Applicants seeking dual assignment with NIGMS are advised to contact Dr. Ann Hagan, associate director for extramural activities, 301-594-4499, prior to submitting a letter of intent.
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.
FAQs about conference grants are available, and all applications should adhere to NIH policies referenced in addition to the NIGMS guidelines.
For more information, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, May 26, 2016 (PA-16-294), or contact Dr. Ann Hagan at 301-594-4499.