Conference Funding Grants

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Conference Funding Grants
Foundation and government grants support conference expenses. (conference image by Salem Alforaih from Fotolia.com)

Attending conferences in your field can be an essential component in professional development. The knowledge and networking experiences that conferences offer can be career-advancing tools. But conferences can be expensive. Luckily, grants are available to fund conference attendance, planning and facilitation. Foundations, professional associations and government agencies are just a few of the organisations that support conferences through grant-making.

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Wenner-Gren Foundation

The Wenner-Gren Foundation offers conference grants. The goal of the grant program is to create a global network of anthropology scholars and advance anthropological research through funding conferences and workshops. According to the grant guidelines, conferences must be “public events that are comprised primarily of oral and poster presentations to a larger audience of anthropologists. Preference is given to grant applications for large, international conferences. Grants range up to £9,750. Individuals who are primarily responsible for organising anthropology conferences are eligible to apply.

Wenner-Gren Foundation

470 Park Ave. S., 8th Floor

New York, NY 10016

212-683-5000

wennergren.org

Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases Travel Awards

The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network offers grants through the Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases Travel Awards. Grants range up to £487. Funds must be used to pay for travel and lodging expenses related to attending the annual Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases. Trainees, junior faculty and fellows are eligible to apply. Grant applicants must register for the conference before applying.

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network

University of South Florida

3650 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 100

Tampa, FL 33612

813-396-9629

rarediseasesnetwork.epi.usf.edu

AHRQ Grant Program for Large or Recurring Conferences

The National Institutes of Health’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offer the AHRQ Grant Program for Large or Recurring Conferences. Grants support conferences that “improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans,” according to the grant guidelines. Conference topics can include research development, design or methodology, dissemination or research findings, training or career development. Grants range up to £65,000 over a three-year period. Public and private non-profit organisations, colleges, universities, state and city government agencies, tribal government agencies and tribal organisations are eligible to apply.

National Institutes of Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Office of Performance Accountability, Resources and Technology

540 Gaither Road

Rockville, MD 20850

301-427-1806

nih.gov

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the National Center for Research Resources and 22 other federal agencies, offers the NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings grant program. The purpose of the grant is to “support high quality conferences/scientific meetings that are relevant to the scientific mission of the NIH and to the public health,” according to the grant’s guidelines. Conferences entail scientific meetings, gatherings, symposiums or seminars that involve the exchange of information in a variety of fields, including human genome research, toxicological research, environmental health, sleep disorders, cancer prevention and ageing research. Grant amounts vary depending on specific conference details, but funding cannot exceed five years. Institutes of higher education, non-profits, for-profits, small businesses, tribal organisations, government agencies and faith-based organisations are eligible to apply.

National Institutes of Health

National Center for Research Resources

6701 Democracy Boulevard, MSC 4874

Bethesda, MD 20892

301-435-0879

nih.gov

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