Child Care Travel Award

SMBE recognizes that having dependent children can present a major challenge to attending scientific meetings, and hence to career advancement. We also recognize that parents best know how to care for their children. Accordingly, in addition to providing affordable day care at our annual meeting, SMBE will make available up to $1000 to SMBE members with children (we will prioritise dependent children) to spend for child travel and/or child care (on site or elsewhere) if that enables the SMBE member to attend the annual SMBE meeting. Examples of eligible expenses include (but are not limited to) providing airfare for your child or for your caregiver to accompany you, flying a relative out to help with care at your home while you’re at the meeting, or extra help paying for on-site daycare. In the case where there is a disabled/dependent son/daughter the parent may apply for assistance even if the son/daughter is an adult.

Awardees can spend this money as they think best. We anticipate that approximately 50 travel awards will be made available, depending on the number of deserving applications and the funding available.

Award Information


Any SMBE member who has a child at the time of the conference, and is also attending the SMBE annual meeting, may apply for this award. If you are already chosen for another travel award or giving an invited presentation in a symposium you may still apply for this additional funding. Priority will be given to applicants who have demonstrated need and/or are in early stages of their academic careers (e.g., pre-tenure or within 6 years of starting their first independent lab).

Application via the registration system for the annual meeting for which the award applies.

Applicants will be asked to provide -

  • Career stage (undergraduate student/graduate student/postdoctoral researcher/non-tenured faculty/tenured faculty/unemployed)
  • Age of youngest child
  • Is your son/daughter a dependent adult with disabilities? 
  • A brief justification of the need for this award (300 words max)
  • Amount requested, up to a maximum of $1000, and how you intend to use it.  

Checks will be sent promptly following the completion of the meeting after the awardee submits a proof of attendance.

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