The SuRE Resource Center, in cooperation with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), is excited to announce our inaugural scientific conference for SuRE R16 participants. Held July 23-24 on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD, this event is an opportunity to share science with like-minded colleagues and to network with fellow R16 faculty, students, and research administrative staff.  

NIGMS grants management specialists, program officials, and scientific review officers will be present to offer sessions and answer your questions. The two-day agenda will include networking opportunities, keynote speakers, faculty oral and poster presentations, sessions for research administrators, and career development and poster sessions for students.  


Learn about SuRE R16


how other institutions deal with the challenges of building a research program. 

Meet NIH staff


NIH staff who can explain how to navigate the extramural funding process.

Connect with NIH program officers


with program officers to understand the proper communication channels when applying for a grant. 


The SuRE Biennial ’24 conference is designed for faculty, students, and research administrative staff who meet specific R16 program requirements. Those eligible to attend include faculty named on an active R16 award, students working in R16-funded labs, or research administrative staff from an R16-eligible campus. If you’re unsure of your institution’s R16 eligibility, please get in touch with one of our Regional Coordinators, who can assist with your questions.   


Faculty named on an active R16 award.


Students working in an R16-funded research lab.


Research administrative staff from an R16-eligible campus.


Conference registration will open in February with a $100 fee for faculty and research administrative staff. All conference attendees are responsible for their airfare, lodging, and incidentals. Faculty are encouraged to use their R16 award travel budget to cover costs for them and their lab students to attend the SuRE Biennial ’24 conference. 

There is no registration fee for students, and we highly encourage faculty with R16 awards to have their lab students attend. We are accepting faculty and student abstracts at this link until Monday, April 1st. Students should feel free to submit an abstract, where they can request an oral presentation. If selected for an oral presentation, students will be provided lodging during the conference for up to three nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda Downtown. 



Michael Lauer, MD

Michael Lauer, MD

Deputy Director Extramural Research 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Full bio > 

Jon Lorsch, PhD

Jon Lorsch, PhD

Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) 

Oversees the Institute’s $3 billion budget, which supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Full bio > 

Scientific Keynote Speaker Stanley Andrisse, MBA, PhD

Stanley Andrisse, MBA, PhD

Executive Director, From Prison Cells to PhD
Assistant Professor, Howard University College of Medicine

As an endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University, Dr. Andrisse researches type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. He is a visiting faculty at Georgetown University Medical Center and has held a visiting faculty position at Imperial College London and an adjunct professorship at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Andrisse completed his PhD at Saint Louis University and his MBA and bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University, where he played three years of collegiate football. We're pleased to have him join this conference to share his science and inspirational life story.

Call for Abstracts

Due Mon, April 1 Abstract Submission

Call for Abstracts

We invite all faculty named on an active R16 award and any trainee working in an R16-funded lab to submit abstracts for speaking and poster presentations at the SuRE Biennial '24 Conference in Bethesda, MD. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 1.