The NIDCD recognizes a responsibility to assist in supporting scientific meetings that are directed toward research objectives clearly within the field of communication sciences and disorders.
Funds for research conference support are provided through grant awards following competitive review. Applicants must obtain prior permission before submitting an application, per the general R13 guidelines (FOA available here). This prior contact with NIDCD staff also allows potential applicants to discuss programmatic and budgetary issues before preparing an application, as funds allotted for conference support are very limited.
Beginning in FY2011, the NIDCD will increase the budget cap for R13 awards to no more than $40,000 Direct Costs (DC) per year. Requests for budgets beyond $40,000 DC per year may be considered with prior approval for special circumstances or unique requirements. The NIDCD frequently provides only partial funding of conferences. Other NIH Institutes/Centers may co-contribute funds to support an NIDCD application.
General information about NIH support for conferences and scientific meetings is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/r13/index.htm.