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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer new childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 14th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 4 - 6, 2016. The awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Meeting up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500. You may also apply for the travel award in addition to the childcare award. If you receive both awards, the maximum amount awarded will be $1000.


Awards will be competitively allocated and limited to one per institution. The number of awards granted will depend on the estimated cost of each application, matching funds available, and the amount of funds raised by the NPA*. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching funds from their institutions and to include that information in their applications.


Deadline for submission: Friday, November 6, 2015


Goal | Eligibility | How to Submit | Restrictions | Questions

  

Goal of the Childcare Award Program


To support a family-friendly NPA meeting by providing childcare support to postdoctoral scholars who are parents that attend the Annual Meeting.


Eligibility


    To be eligible for a childcare support award, the applicant must:

    1. Be a postdoctoral scholar and parent.
    2. Be an NPA Full, Individual Member in good standing at the time of application –OR– be an Affiliate Member sponsored by an NPA Sustaining Member in good standing at the time of application. The applicant must have requested and been approved for Affiliate membership at the time of application.

    Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, November 6, 2015.


    We strongly encourage applications from postdoctoral scholars and parents who:

    1. Are members of underrepresented minority groups within their field of study (group underrepresented in biomedical research, defined as people with disabilities, i.e., who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; people from disadvantaged backgrounds; Racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders);
    2. Are employed  in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
    3. Have the support of their home institution, including institutionally provided childcare support for travel;
    4. Have not received a childcare support award in the previous year;
    5. Are from institutions not having received a childcare support award in the previous year;
    6. Are first-time meeting attendees;
    7. Will not be able to attend the NPA Annual Meeting without support for childcare.  

    How to Submit


    A successful application will include the following:

    1. A completed application form: 2016 Annual Meeting Childcare Award Application.
    2. Description of circumstances that prompt you to request this award including:
      1. how support for childcare will help you to attend the NPA Meeting.
      2. inquiries you made at your home institution to obtain institutionally provided childcare support for travel
    3. CV, résumé or biosketch.
    4. Expenses for caregiver will be covered. The total award amount will not exceed $500. The following options are offered:
      1. Expenses for home-based childcare that incur because of attendance at the NPA Annual Meeting.
      2. Expenses for childcare outside your home that incur because of attendance at the NPA Annual Meeting.
      3. Expenses for caregiver to accompany you to the NPA Annual Meeting such as transportation, meals etc.
      4. Expenses for childcare at/near the meeting location.
      5. Other (please explain on the submission form).

    Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, November 6, 2015, using the 2016 Annual Meeting Childcare Support Award submission form

     

    The childcare support awards selection committee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified no later than December 11, 2015.

    *Please see "Restrictions" for more information on allowable expenses. Total award amounts will not exceed $500 (childcare support award) or $1,000 (childcare support and travel award), and awards are often less and usually do not cover all of the expenses.


    Restrictions

      Travel expenses not allowed include:

      1. First class or business class travel;
      2. car rental fees;
      3. alcoholic beverages (including taxes and tips);
      4. meals purchased in lieu of meals provided as part of the Annual Meeting registration fee;
      5. sightseeing;
      6. other expenses deemed unreasonable by the childcare support awards selection committee.

      Childcare support award recipients are required to attend all three days of the meeting. Childcare support award recipients are required to stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of three nights.


      Questions


      Questions about the application process should be directed to Amy Wilson, NPA Office and Marketing Manager, by e-mail to awilson@nationalpostdoc.org or by phone at 202-326-6424.

       

      *To sponsor childcare awards or other sessions for the 2016 NPA Annual Meeting, please view the 2016 Annual Meeting sponsorship opportunities.

       

      2016 Annual Meeting Childcare Award Application





















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