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SMG 2150.1, Attachment B

SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE GRANT APPLICATIONS REVIEW GUIDELINES

The following criteria should be considered when reviewing any scientific conference grant applications. (Basic submission requirements have already been considered.)

1. APPROPRIATE CONTENT/SUBJECT MATTER

The proposed scientific conference should address a subject or theme which is consistent with and related to the mission of FDA.

Is the purpose of the conference and its relevance to FDA clear?

Is the conference timely in terms of currency of the issues to be addressed and the amount of interest that may be generated in response?

Is there an identifiable audience who might be expected to attend such a conference?

2. SUFFICIENCY OF THE CONFERENCE PLAN

The applications should present sufficient information to demonstrate that such a conference could be held.

Is there a clearly stated conference plan?

Is it reasonable in terms of the length of the symposium and the anticipated results?

Do the presentations/speaker subjects carry through the main subject matter of the conference?

Do the different agenda items combine to create a unified conference?

3. PERSONNEL/SUPPORT STAFF

Does the experience, training, or other indication of competence support the selection of the principal investigator/director as the key person to manage this particular conference? Is support staff included in the plan? Is it sufficient?

4. CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Are the facilities appropriate and adequate? Does the application indicate that facilities have been planned and any unusual conference needs anticipated?

5. BUDGET

Does the amount requested from FDA appear reasonable as partial support of the total conference given the plan, facilities, travel, and speakers?

6. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Is there previous experience with the organization/or the principal investigator in similar undertakings? If so, what?