Postdocs and graduate students wishing to organize a small meeting that benefits their local cell biology community can apply for an Early Career Meeting Grant to help fund the meeting.
What Does ASCB Offer?
- Funding up to $1,500
- Advertising for the meeting on the ASCB website and in the ASCB Newsletter
- Code for 50% off ASCB membership for your attendees
- Emails sent from ASCB to targeted audience (if requested)
- A pdf flyer (if requested)
- A registration page (if requested; please note: we cannot provide registration pages to meetings collecting a registration fee)
- Host meeting within the calendar year it is approved
- Acknowledge ASCB on your website and all marketing materials (flyers, emails, etc.).
- Provide ASCB with a link to your meeting website and registration page
- Send an evaluation form (provided by ASCB) to meeting attendees and provide feedback to ASCB
- Encourage meeting attendees to join ASCB. You will be provided with membership materials (50% membership discount promo-code offered to meeting attendees, for first-time members only).
- Provide the ASCB with a list of registered attendees, including email addresses, within one week following the meeting, if you use your own registration system or you have people sign up onsite
- Send itemized receipts of eligible expenses up to the amount awarded within 30 days of the meeting
- Write a brief, 120-word newsletter article (optional, but encouraged) with highlights of the meeting and provide photos (if available) and send within 30 days of the meeting
Applications Will Only Be Accepted If
- Organizers are current ASCB members
- Organizers are graduate students or postdocs
- A need for the meeting is defined
Successful Applications Include
- Opportunities for students and postdocs to present
- New applicants/organizers (particularly for repeat meetings)
- Innovative programming that aligns with ASCB’s mission and scientific focus
- Institutional diversity of organizers, if in a research dense area (e.g., San Francisco, Boston)
- Maximal diversity among speakers in gender and race (Click here for our Women in Cell Biology referral list)
- Geographical need
- Detailed budget that reports funding and/or in-kind donations already received and/or pending. If you are planning to collect registration fees, indicate as well
Note: Those who have previously been awarded an Early Career Meeting Grant or Local Meeting funding in the past are welcome to apply again. However, we encourage applications for repeat meetings to have new organizers and originality. Due to the popularity of this initiative, ASCB may only be able to support repeat meeting grant applications if funds allow and organizers may receive less funding.