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High-Risk, High-Reward Research Symposium

June 6-7, 2024

The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 
8120 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

The symposium brings together recipients of the NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence awards to share their groundbreaking research and discoveries. The 2024 High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) Symposium will take place on June 6-7, 2024 at the Bethesdan Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The symposium is free and open to the public. Join us for:

  • Scientific talks and posters from HRHR awardees
  • Networking with some of the most creative scientists in the U.S.
  • "Office hours" with NIH staff from multiple NIH institutes and centers

Registration and abstract submission are now open. Abstracts are due by March 8, 2024.

Room reservations are available at the venue, but must be made by May 13, 2024.


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Who should attend?
  • Recipients of the NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence awards
  • NIH staff and fellows
  • General public (students, lab workers, anyone interested in cutting-edge science and transformative discoveries)
How do I register for the symposium?

Registration is now open. Registration is free and open to the public. So please feel free to invite others and bring members of your lab.

How can I reserve a hotel room a the symposium venue?

Room reservations can be made at The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Reservations must be made by May 13, 2024.

Who arranges and pays for travel to the symposium?

All hotel and travel arrangements and payments are the sole responsibility of the symposium attendee. The NIH will not pay for or arrange travel for symposium attendees, including for selected speakers.

Who can present at the symposium?

Only current NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, or Early Independence awardees are allowed to speak or present posters. HRHR awardees attending the symposium are encouraged (but not required) to participate in the program.

How do I submit an abstract?

Abstract submission is open until March 1, 2024. Awardees are encouraged, but not required, to present their research activities at the symposium as an oral presentation or poster (must be an awardee to present). Awardees wishing to speak or present a poster should submit abstracts. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.

How are speakers/posters selected for the program?

Abstracts must be submitted for talks and posters and will be reviewed by NIH staff. There are a limited number of speaking slots and poster spots, and not all submissions may be selected for the final program. Speaking priority is given to those towards the end of their award who have not spoken at the symposium before. Speaker selection will seek programmatic balance across science areas and award types. Poster slots will be given on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

What is the symposium agenda?

The agenda is not yet set but will be posted once available.

What type of research is presented at the symposium?

The symposium showcases high-risk, high-impact research in topics spanning the broad mission of the NIH. It is unique in the breadth of science it covers and of the scientists it brings together. Past agendas and abstracts are available on the past events page.

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This page last reviewed on March 7, 2024