Global Meeting Support

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 and South Africa.

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Winter Review: 13 January 2016
Decisions will be made in mid-February 2016

Spring Review: 1 June 2016

Complete the on-line applicationPlease 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

We look forward to reviewing your proposal.

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