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 from NIDCD before submitting an application, per the general R13 guidelines (active funding opportunities 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 limited. In planning, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the feasibility of submission dates, possible funding dates, and the proposed conference dates with the realization that applications may need to be revised and resubmitted.
The NIDCD R13 program has a budget cap of $40,000 in direct costs per year. The NIDCD may provide partial funding of conferences assigned to other NIH institutes. Likewise, other institutes/centers may contribute funds to support an NIDCD application; in such cases, the aggregate budget for the NIDCD application still cannot exceed $40,000.
As of spring 2021, conference grant applicants (R13/U13) must include plans to enhance diversity during the selection of organizing committees, speakers, and other invited participants, such as session chairs and panel discussants; and outreach plans to ensure a diverse pool of attendees. Though the proposed plans will not be scored individually, they will be considered in the overall impact score (see Updated Guidelines on Enhancing Diversity and Creating Safe Environments in Conferences Supported by NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements, NOT-OD-21-053). In addition, as noted in the announcement, it is expected that organizers of NIH-supported conferences employ strategies that seek to prevent or mitigate the effects of discrimination and harassment, sexual and otherwise. In 2022, NIH issued additional application requirements designed to promote safe environments at conferences supported by NIH grants and cooperative agreements (NOT-OD-22-074).
Supplemental requests will be considered post-award for additional trainee travel awards to expand the diversity of the conference; for provision of auxiliary aids/services; or both. Investigators are encouraged to communicate with their Program Officer to discuss supplement requests.