National Institutes of Health (NIH)
05/07/18 5:00 PM (local time of applicant organization) - For Standard Application
Grants to USA and territories IHEs, nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to support high-quality scientific conferences related to public health. A conference is defined as a seminar, symposium, workshop, or any other formal, organized meeting where individuals assemble or meet virtually to exchange relevant information. This may include events that are conducted face-to-face, or via the internet.
Conferences include any meeting where individuals assemble (or meet virtually) for the primary purpose to exchange technical information and views or explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge, whether or not a published report results from such meeting. The NIH recognizes the value to members of the research community and all other interested parties in supporting such forums.
A critical part of the application for NIH conference support is the documentation of appropriate representation of women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in science in the planning and implementation of, and participation in, the proposed conference. “Appropriate representation” means representation based on the availability of these scientists from these groups known to be working in a particular field of biomedical or behavioral research. If appropriate representation is not apparent, no award will be issued until program staff members are assured of concerted recruitment efforts.
Consistent with Federal civil rights laws, and the Guidelines for Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in NIH-Supported Conference Grants policy, it is expected that organizers of NIH-supported conferences and scientific meetings take steps to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all attendees by providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment, sexual or otherwise.
Support of conferences is contingent on the fiscal and programmatic interests and priorities of the individual NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). Therefore, a conference grant application is required to contain a permission-to-submit letter from any one of the participating ICs’ conference grant contact person (see Contacts List). Applicants are urged to initiate contact well in advance of the chosen application due date and no later than 6 weeks before that date. Please note that agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding. In general, NIH will not issue a conference grant award unless the Federal award date can precede the conference start date.
The NIH website on NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings centralizes information regarding grants for scientific conferences. The Contacts and Special Interests website includes contact information for the participating ICs as well as information about each IC’s specific interests and funding parameters.
GrantWatch ID#: 169923
Most ICs will accept applications for up to 5 years of support when a series of annual or biannual conferences are proposed by a permanently sponsoring organization. Support for conferences held on a less frequent schedule must be applied for individually.
The appropriate NIH Conference Grant Contact should be consulted for guidance regarding any IC-specific project duration requirement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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