With the goal of promoting scientific communication and fostering local communities of cell biologists, the American Society for Cell Biology is pleased to announce financial support for one-day local meetings organized by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Such meetings will typically involve two or more local research institutions or colleges (within or outside of the USA). Topics can range from basic science to career development, as long as there is clear relevance to the broadly defined field of cell biology.
An application must include the following information:
- CVs (two-page maximum; format of your choice) of the students and/or postdoc co-organizers. There must be a minimum of two and maximum of four co-organizers. Co-organizers must already be members of ASCB or willing to join ASCB if the application is approved.
- A description of the meeting, which will include 1) the topic and goals of the meeting, 2) proposed date or approximate date, 3) the intended audience and institutions to be invited, and 4) and how it will benefit the local community (up to one page).
- An outline of the sessions (e.g., including number of student/postdoc talks, faculty talks, poster sessions, breakout discussion groups). The meeting outline (up to one page) does not need to be in final form, but should provide enough information to understand the proposed event.
- A proposed budget. Funds can cover refreshments (e.g., coffee, snacks, lunch, etc). We encourage organizers to have speakers from the local area. However, funds could include travel for one speaker outside of the local area (economy air fare plus two nights’ hotel). However, we encourage organizers to select a speaker from a nearby geographic area (avoiding transcontinental or international travel). You may apply for up to $1,500.
If sponsored, the meeting organizers are expected to acknowledge ASCB in their local advertisement and to write a brief, one-page report of the meeting after its conclusion. Organizers may be asked to write a brief report for the ASCB Newsletter as well.
Note: The funds (financial support) for One-Day Local Meetings may be used to cover the direct costs of the meeting, but grantees will not be entitled to use grant funds to cover indirect costs. Examples of indirect costs include, but are not limited to, executive oversight, accounting, grants management, legal expenses, utilities, facility maintenance.