NIAAA supports conferences, symposia and workshops focusing on alcohol-research related topics.  Conference grants using the R13/U13 mechanism must be submitted electronically in response to the active funding opportunity announcement (FOA).
 
As stated in the Conference Grant FOA, 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. consistent with Federal civil rights laws, NOT-OD-15-152, Civil Rights Protections in NIH-Supported Research, Programs, Conferences and Other Activities, and the  Guidelines for Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in NIH-Supported Conference Grants  policy.
 
Due to budgetary constraints, NIAAA places its highest priority on providing funds for the travel of US residents that include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or newly appointed non-NIH funded faculty members to participate in meetings. NIAAA also supports the travel expenses for women, participants with disability and those who are under-represented in science and medical fields. Their participation in the program must be described in detail in the application.
 
Applicants must obtain from NIAAA permission to apply. First they must contact the NIAAA Conference Liaison Officer. In the cover letter, include the purpose and scientific rationale of the meeting, title of the conference, date and location, proposed budget, the audience being targeted and the number of attendees. Proposed budget must not be used for non-allowable expenses as stated in the FOA. It is highly recommended that the R13/U13 conference grants would support the travel needs of trainees, students and new investigators.
 
NIAAA will not consider Conference Grant applications that exceed $ 50,000 total cost in any given year. If the amount is over this level, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officers or Division Directors before submitting the letter to the NIAAA Conference Liaison Officer.
 
The request, which must be received by the NIAAA Conference Liaison Officer eight (8) weeks before the next standard due date, will be reviewed by Senior Staff at NIAAA. A letter of approval or denial will be sent to the Principal Investigator (PI). If approved, the PI must attach this letter to the e-submission letter in the application. Standard due dates (including AIDS deadline) for R13/U13 Conference grants are applied.
 
NIAAA may only accept R13/U13 grant applications two Council Cycles before the scheduled conference.
 
For additional information, interested individuals are encouraged to contact their Program Officers or the NIAAA Conference Liaison Officer listed below.
 
Dr. Beata Buzas
Telephone: 301 443 0800
Email: bbuzas@mail.nih.gov
 
 
Last reviewed: June 2018