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NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13) (PA-21-151)


Contacts and Special Interests

Release Date: February 10, 2021
Expiration Date: January 8, 2024


R13 Participating Institutes and Centers
R13 Non-Participating Institutes and Centers
  • NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT ACCEPT Investigator-Initiated applications in response to the Parent R13 Announcement: FIC, NINR 
NIH Institute and Center Contacts and Scientific Research Areas of Interest

NIH Institute/Center

Scientific/Research Contact

Financial or Grants
Management Contact

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

NCATS Referral Office

Steve Elsberg
Phone: 301-435-0528

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Inna Belfer, M.D., Ph.D.
Telephone: (301) 435-1573

Due to budgetary constraints, NCCIH/NCCIH places its highest priority on providing funds for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or newly appointed faculty members to participate in meetings. In most cases, no NCCIH/NCCIH funding will be provided for room rental, publication costs, and speakers' fees or expenses

Shelley Carow
Phone: 301-594-3788

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Scott A. Chen, PhD



Crystal Wolfrey
Phone: 240-276-6277

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Dr. Houmam Araj
Phone: 301-451-2020

Due to budgetary constraints, the NEI places its highest priority on providing funds for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or newly appointed faculty members to participate in meetings. As a rule, no NEI funding will be provided for speakers' fees or expenses.

Karen Robinson-Smith
Phone: 301-435-5401


National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Temesgen D. Fufa, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute 
Phone: (301) 480-2280

The National Human Genome Research Institute is committed to disseminating the latest information and technologies through courses and conference grants. However, our investment in this type of research will be limited (in research areas and dollars) and will be targeted to areas that seek to increase the capabilities of US scientists, especially those who are seeking to significantly enhance their skills in research areas relevant to addressing the research issues described in the strategic plan. NHGRI supports a limited number of conferences and courses. Genomic and genetic science is now integrated into many areas of biomedical research. To maintain research focus and accommodate budget constraints, NHGRI must be highly selective when providing funds for conferences/courses. Highest priority in the strategic plan areas structure and biology of genomes, the biology of disease, and bioinformatics and computational biology will be on topics that advance the state of the art of genomics. For clinically-oriented conferences and courses, those with a prominent focus on the application of genomics to improving clinical care will receive the highest priority for consideration. Conferences in the area of ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research will also be supported. 

Monika Christman
Phone: 301-435-7860

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Ms. Aroos Shafi
Phone: 301-594-4702

Due to budgetary constraints, the NHLBI is only accepting primary and secondary assignments on applications for the support of meetings directly related to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders and conditions.  All requests for permission to submit an application should include a listing of recent or upcoming meetings addressing the same or similar topics, if any, and the "value-added" by the proposed meeting. Typically, NHLBI provides nominal support for conferences between $5K and $10K.

Kevin Heath
Phone: 301-402-3840

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Dr. Sanoj Suneja
Traci Lafferty
Phone: 301-496-8987


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Dr. Beata Buzas
Phone: 301- 443-0800

Due to budgetary constraints, NIAAA prioritizes conference grants that support the travel of US residents that include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, newly appointed non-NIH funded faculty members, participants with disability and those who are under-represented in science and medical fields.

To obtain permission to submit, prospective applicants (new, renewal and resubmission) must complete the NIAAA Conference Grant (U13/R13) Pre-Approval Submission Form.

Judy Fox
Phone: 301-443-4704

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

NIAID Receipt Referral Officer

Svetlana Alperovich
Phone: (301) 761-6895

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Shyamalagauri Jadhav, PhD.

NIAMS is committed to enhancing diversity and promoting inclusion. Conference grant applications seeking NIAMS support must provide a diversity plan, in accordance with PA-21-151 requirements, for increasing the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including  those from underrepresented groups. NIAMS will also place priority on supporting opportunities for participation in professional development activities, as well as enhanced networking potential, for early stage researchers and individuals from underrepresented groups.

Per funding opportunity application instructions, an applicant seeking NIAMS primary support must request advance permission to submit an application no later than six weeks before the application due date.

Additional information on the NIAMS R13 Program can be found at

Leslie Littlejohn
Phone: 301-594-2545

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Dave Gutekunst, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-402-5069

Brian Quillin
Phone: 301-451-4782

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

April Edwards

Bryan S. Clark
Phone: 301-435-6975

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Jeanette Marketon, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Phone: 301-443-5239


The NIDA provides R13 Conference support for investigator-initiated conference and scientific meetings relevant to our research program areas. Whether seeking NIDA as a primary or secondary IC, prospective applicants should submit the "NIDA R13 Pre-approval Request Form" to Dr. Jeanette Marketon for advance permission to submit a R13 application at least four weeks in advance of the application receipt date for each council. Agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding.

To request NIDA R13 Advanced Permission: Click to download NIDA R13 Pre-approval Request Form
Pam Fleming
Phone: 301-253-8729

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Dr. Judith Cooper
Phone: 301-496- 5061

Christopher Myers
Phone: 301-435-0713

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Telephone: (301) 594-5006

Research contacts can be found at:

Diana Rutberg, MBA
Phone: 301-594-4798

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

For inquiries, please email For information about funding R13s, please see

Dee Doherty
Phone: 301-594-8838

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 

Toccara Chamberlain, MA
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 984-287-4482
Barbara Gittleman
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 984-287-3261​

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The required permission-to-submit letter for an NIGMS conference grant application must be obtained from:

Shannon Doyle, Ph.D.

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.

Grace Olascoaga
Phone: 301-594-5520

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Dr. Simrann Sidhu
Phone: 301-496-5205


Priscilla Grant
Phone: 301-594-8412

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Brittany Haynes, PhD
Telephone: 301-496-2767

With regard to conferences and scientific meetings focused on areas of research relevant to the NIMH mission, NIMH will support applications that increase diversity and promote inclusivity within the research workforce (see NIMH Support for Conference Grants (R13) to Promote Inclusion in the Research Workforce for full details): 
Conference grant application should request funds for the following two activities:
  • Conference attendance, including travel-related expenses for students, postdoctoral trainees, and recently hired junior faculty within two years of their academic appointment, with a particular focus on advancing the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups, as described in NOT-OD-20-031.
  • Structured activities that support attendees’ professional development (e.g., educational opportunities, formal networking, specific programming events) in order to increase diversity and promote inclusivity within the research workforce.
Tamara Kees

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Dr. Alisa Schaefer
Phone: (301) 273-4412

James E. Washington
Phone: 301-496-7449

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Meryl Sufian, PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4671

Samantha Tempchin
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4222

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)

Dr. Franziska Grieder
Phone: 301-435-0744

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) advances the NIH mission by supporting research infrastructure and research-related resource programs and by coordinating NIH’s science education efforts. ORIP’s high-priority thematic areas are: (1) developing models of human diseases; (2) accelerating research discoveries by providing access to state-of-the-art instrumentation; and (3) training and diversifying the biomedical workforce.

For models-oriented conferences and meetings, proposals to be considered must be applicable to the research interests of two or more categorical NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs). Applications that relate strictly to a specific disease or category of research will not be accepted and should be proposed to the appropriate categorical IC of the NIH. Furthermore, applications proposing conferences or scientific meetings that are related predominantly to the interest of one IC and only peripherally to the interests of other ICs are not acceptable.

For training-oriented conferences and meetings, applications with a primary focus on veterinarian-scientists as translational researchers will receive priority for consideration.
These grants generally support only a portion of the entire cost of a conference or scientific meeting. Typically, ORIP provides nominal support for conferences between $5K and $10K.



Karen Brummett
Phone: 301.827.8024

Office of Strategic Coordination
(Common Fund)

Dr. Patricia (Trish) Labosky
Phone: 301 594-4863

Michael Morse
Phone: 301 435-5446

NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT participate in the Parent R13 Announcement: FICNINR

NIH Institute/Center

Scientific/Research Contact

Financial or Grants
Management Contact

Fogarty International Center (FIC)



National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)