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Poster Abstract Image and Link

You can find the poster abstracts by clicking the image above.

Talk Abstract Image and Link

You can find the talk abstracts by clicking the image above.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts were due March 22, 2019!

Only NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, or Early Independence awardees are allowed to give oral presentations or posters at the symposium. For talks, only awardees are allowed to present. For posters, awardees are strongly preferred, but designees may be accepted in exceptional circumstances. All awardees attending the symposium are encouraged (but not required) to participate in the program as either a speaker or poster presenter. Interested awardees should submit an abstract for a talk or poster, but given the limited number of speaking slots and poster space, not all submissions may be selected. NIH staff will make programmatic decisions on which abstract submissions are selected for the final program.

Oral Presentations

Due to the limited number of slots available for oral presentations, speaker preference will be given to those who have not spoken at the symposium before and have awards nearing completion. In addition, speaker selection will seek programmatic balance across science areas and award types. Speaker selections will be made in April of 2019, and speakers notified via email. Oral presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Poster Presentations

Space is available for up to 100 posters. If the number of poster abstracts exceeds the number of poster boards available, posters will be selected on a “first-come” basis. Poster selections will be made in April of 2019, and presenters notified via email. Posters will be presented on 4-ft. high x 6-ft. wide boards and must fit in that space.

Abstract and Presentation Guidance

The symposium is unusual in the breadth of the science represented. Abstracts and presentations should be prepared with a broad audience in mind. 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. There is a 300-word limit to abstract submissions.

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 as an (1) oral presentation, (2) poster presentation, or (3) oral preferred but poster acceptable if not selected for a speaking slot.
  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 March 22, 2019 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

Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be reviewed by NIH staff and scored based scientific interest. Abstracts will be chosen for speaking slots based on their score and for programmatic balance (e.g., balance of scientific topics and balanced representation across the four HRHR awards). Speaker selections will be made by May 3, 2019, and speakers notified via email.

Poster abstracts will be accepted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis for the 100 slots.


*NIH program staff do not pay for or make any travel arrangements for symposium attendees, including selected speakers. All attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments.


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This page last reviewed on June 6, 2019