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NIH seeks travel savings

The National Institutes of Health has to balance accepting requests from academic and professional societies for NIH staff to attend meetings and conferences with budget constraints, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research Sally Rockey said in a blog post.

“One thing that helps in this regard, particularly when we have additional layers of approval on travel, is to plan early,” she wrote on 16 December. “So, when thinking about inviting an NIH staff member to speak at a conference or other event, it’s important to understand our timelines.”

NIH program and review officers, along with other agency staff, should think about travel months in advance in order to assure both the resources and approvals are in place, Rockey said. She suggested that invitations for NIH employees to attend or speak at meetings should come at least four months in advance.

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