John L. Spouge
Building 38A, Room 6N603
National Institutes of Health
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
- Learn information relevant to an NIH visit.
- Take the Washington Metro, if convenient.
- Exit from the Medical Center stop on the Red Line (Northwest end).
- Get an NIH Visitor's Badge from the Visitor's Center at the Metro exit.
- Come to Building 38A on the Southeast corner of the NIH Campus.
- Building 38A is the
, 10 stories high (and is not Building 38, the National Library of Medicine).
- Enter the lobby, turn right, and take the elevator to the 6th floor.
- Ask anyone on the 6th floor the directions to our offices.
- Here is further Visitors' Information for NIH.
- Eight weeks lead time are required to process travel papers.
- A letter of invitation is required.
- The letter may be either email or hardcopy on official letterhead.
- The letter must explicitly state, e.g., "No U.S. Federal or foreign government funds will be used to pay for any part of the travel."
- Reimbursement for travel is closely regulated.
- Generally, a sponsor must pay for the entire trip.
- You can receive U.S. Federal or foreign government funds for other purposes, but they cannot be used for our travel.
- State government funds may be used.
- Payment "in kind" is preferred, meaning that the host or sponsor purchases the airline ticket and pays lodging, meals, and ground transportation.
- Government travelers may not receive any reimbursement check or funds directly.
- Checks must be payable to DHHS, and if reimbursement is necessary, the government invoices you by mail.
- Other details of payments have to be worked out.
- The rules for honoraria change all the time. Currently, government employees may only receive an honorarium for two or more lectures given on two or more days.
Our travel arrangements can made by email to