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2020 NPA Annual Conference Childcare Support Awards
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18th NPA Annual Conference


Call for Applications: 18th Annual Conference Childcare Support Awards

Submission deadline: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Notification of proposal decision: November 30, 2019

Call for Applications for Childcare Support Awards

The NPA is pleased to offer childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend the 18th Annual Conference, which will be held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, CA, from March 27 - 29, 2020. The awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the 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 a 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 costs 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: Monday, October 7, 2019

Goal of the Childcare Award Program

To foster a family-friendly Annual Conference by providing childcare support to postdoctoral scholars who are parents or legal guardians.


Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 7, 2019.

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

  1. Be a postdoctoral scholar and a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Be an NPA Full, Individual Member in good standing at the time of application OR be an Affiliate Member in good standing at the time of application.

We strongly encourage applications from postdoctoral scholars who:

  • Are members of underrepresented groups within their field of study (See the NPA Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for more information);
  • Are employed in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
  • Have the support of their home institution, including institutionally-provided childcare support for travel;
  • Have not received a childcare support award in the previous year;
  • Are from institutions not having received a childcare support award in the previous year;
  • Are first-time conference attendees; /li>
  • Will not be able to attend the NPA Annual Conference without support for childcare.

How to Submit

A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Description of circumstances that prompt you to request this award including:
    1. How support for childcare will help you to attend the NPA Conference;
    2. Inquiries you made at your home institution to obtain institutionally provided childcare support for travel.
  3. CV, resume or NIH/NSF biosketch.
  4. Caregiver expenses will be covered. The total award amount will not exceed $500. The following options are offered:
    1. Expenses for home-based childcare that are incurred because of attendance at the NPA Annual Conference;
    2. Expenses for childcare outside your home that are incurred because of attendance at the NPA Annual Conference;
    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 in question #12 on the application form).

Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, October 7, 2019, using the 2020 Annual Conference Childcare Support Award application form.

The awards subcommittee of the NPA Meetings Committee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified in November by the NPA.

*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); the award is often less than this amount and usually does not cover all of the expenses related to attending the NPA Annual Conference.


Travel expenses not allowable include:

  • first class or business class travel;
  • car rental fees;
  • alcoholic beverages (including taxes and tips);
  • meals purchased in lieu of meals provided as part of the Annual Conference registration fee;
  • sightseeing;
  • other expenses deemed unreasonable by the awards subcommittee.

Childcare support award recipients are required to attend all three days of the meeting.


Questions about the application process should be directed to the NPA staff by email at or by phone at 301-984-4800.

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