Abstract Submission

Abstracts are currently not being accepted.

Only current NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, or Early Independence awardees are allowed to speak or present posters.

  • For talks, the awardee must present.
  • For posters, the awardee should present, but designees may be accepted under exceptional circumstances.

Awardees attending the symposium are encouraged (but not required) to participate in 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 boards, and not all submissions may be selected for the final program.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Due to the limited number of speaking slots, speaker preference will be given to current awardees who

  1. Have not spoken at the symposium before
  2. Have awards nearing completion

Additionally, speaker selection will seek programmatic balance across science areas and award types.

Speaker selections will be made in April of 2021 and speakers notified via email.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be presented on 4-ft. high x 6-ft. wide boards and must fit within that space.

  • Posters should be put up Wednesday morning and taken down Thursday evening.
  • Space is available for up to 88 posters.
  • Poster slots will be given on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Poster selections will be made in April of 2021 and presenters notified via email.

Abstract and Presentation Guidance

Abstracts and presentations should be prepared with a broad audience in mind given the unusual breadth of science represented at the symposium. Please prepare with sufficient background and at such a level that non-experts in the field can readily understand the significance and impact of the research.

How to Submit an Abstract

  1. Create an account profile or log in if you already have one.
  2. Click the "Abstract Submissions" header on the top menu.
  3. Click on the green "Submit Abstract" button to fill out the abstract form.
  4. Select if you want to submit an abstract for (1) only a talk, (2) only a poster, or (3) a talk is preferred but you will present a poster if not selected for a talk.
  5. Fill in your abstract title.
  6. Select the general category that best fits your abstract topic (these are only used to help assign abstracts to the NIH reviewers).
  7. Fill in your abstract (up to 300 words).
  8. Add co-author information if needed. Note: The system requires an email address for co-authors, but the email address will not be used and no emails will be sent to co-authors.
  9. Click on the red "Submit" button.
  10. You can edit and/or delete abstract submissions at any time before the submission deadline by logging in to your account and clicking on "My Abstracts."

*If you do not wish to submit your abstract online, you can email it to HRHR_Symposium@mail.nih.gov. It must meet the same standards and contain the same requested information given in steps 4-8 above.

Abstract Review & Selection

Oral Presentations

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by NIH staff and scored on scientific interest. Abstracts will be selected for the program based on the following considerations:

  • Whether the awardee has spoken at the symposium before
  • Whether the awardee's project period is nearing completion
  • The review score of the abstract
  • It provides topic balance to the program
  • It balances HRHR award representation in the program
Poster Presentations

Poster slots will be given on a "first-come, first-served" basis for the 88 available spaces.


*The NIH will not pay for or arrange travel for symposium attendees, including selected speakers. Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.


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This page last reviewed on March 30, 2020