Notice to Clarify that NIGMS Will Not Accept Applications to Support Scientific Courses through PA-18-648 "Support of Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)"

Notice Number: NOT-GM-19-027

Key Dates
Release Date: March 18, 2019

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Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


NIGMS supports a limited number of scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops on basic biomedical research and research training within its mission through the parent announcement PA-18-648 "NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)". In general, NIGMS will only support meetings that fulfill all of the following characteristics:

  • Are closely aligned with NIGMS central mission and interests;
  • Are non-recurring;
  • 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 or are in support of programs in the Division for Research Capacity Building that do not fit within the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25).

The purpose of this Notice is to clarify that NIGMS will no longer support scientific courses through the R13 or U13 activity code. Courses that meet the criteria set forth in IPERT may apply to that program for funding consideration.

Further information about NIGMS support of scientific meetings is at


Please direct all inquiries to:

Erica Brown, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Division of Extramural Activities