NIH Support for Scientific Conferences (R13 and U13) – Permission to Submit an Application

The purpose of the NIH Research Conference (R13) Grant and Cooperative Agreement (U13) Program is to support high quality scientific conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific missions of the participating Institutes and Centers (ICs).


Standard application deadlines: December 12

AIDS-related research deadlines: September 7, and January 7


Permission to Submit an Application

The NIH ICs each have different scientific missions, as well as program goals and initiatives that evolve over time. In order to promote the most efficient use of NIH funds towards meeting the mission and program goals of the ICs, each conference grant application is required to contain a permission-to-submit letter from one of the participating ICs (see IC Contact and Special Interests website).

Applicants are urged to initiate contact well in advance of the chosen application receipt date and no later than 6 weeks before that date. Applicants should inquire about IC-specific program priorities and policies in regards to conference grants. Please note that agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding.



All programmatic and scientific questions should be directed to the R13/U13 program official at the appropriate NIH Institute and Center. See the R13/U13 Contacts and Special Interest website. Issues that remain after consultation with IC staff and that are not addressed in the R13/U13 FAQs, may be directed to the R13 mailbox.


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