Global Meeting Support
Application for the Optical Society's Financial
Co-sponsorship of Meetings in Developing Nations
The OSA International Council has allocated funds for investing in the global optics community by supporting international meetings. OSA will consider requests for cooperation with or co-sponsorship of meetings and review requests for financial sponsorship.
To be eligible for financial support, the meeting must be held in a developing country and approved by the OSA Board of Meetings. Priority is given to new meetings or events, not regularly held conferences.
Grants are usually modest (under $5,000) and not intended to fully underwrite a meeting. Any support from OSA should be used for student prizes or to directly support student, invited speaker and/or attendee participation, not fund publications, catering, facility rental or other organizational expenses.
Meeting organizers are strongly encouraged to submit applications nine to twelve months before the conference date.
Currently, priority is given to meetings held in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa.
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Winter Review: Closed
Spring Review: 1 June 2015 for meetings taking place in 2016. Applications for 2015 meetings are no longer being accepted.
Decisions will be made in July 2015
Complete the on-line application. Please note that a copy of the conference budget with BOTH income and expenses listed is required.
Questions should be directed to M. Smith, OSA International Council Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to reviewing your proposal.