Chapters & Sections Grants

Chapters & Sections Grant Opportunities

Chapters and sections can apply for grant opportunities through the OSA Grants Database available at osa.org/grantsdatabaseAll chartered chapters and sections are required to complete the 2017 Annual Report.

You can find information on how to access the OSA Grants Database on osa.org/manageachapter.

 
For more information on the Traveling Lecturer Program visit osa.org/travelinglecturer.
For more information on the IONS Conference Grant visit osa.org/ions.

 

2017 Chapter/Section Management Grant - 2016 Annual Report Form

This grant is a combination of a funding request for small-scale and routine activities* to be used throughout 2017 as well as a report on all activities held in 2016. The maximum amount of funding that can be requested will be determined soon, and chapters/sections must demonstrate a need for the amount requested in the application. The quality of the 2016 Annual Report, plan for 2017 activities and number of OSA Members affiliated with the chapter/section will affect the final amount awarded.

ALL chapters and sections must submit this application by 15 November through the OSA Grants Database too remain  in good standing and eligible for benefits including: Chapters and sections that submit reports after this deadline may not receive any funding requested through this process.

What do you mean by "small-scale and routine activities"?
Small-scale and routine activities are events that do not have a large impact on the optics and photonics community and the mission of OSA. However, they are important for your chapter or section's survival. Examples of these events are recruitment activities, regular meetings, one-time visits to local schools, hosting a lecturer, visiting a local lab or company.
 

Special Program Grant

Chapters and sections may apply for ONE Special Program Grant in through the OSA Grants Database. This highly-competitive grant provides up to $1,500 USD for youth education/community outreach or professional development events. Applications are reviewed in rounds or until the funding for this grant is gone.
 

Deadlines:

  • 30 November 2017
  • 30 March 2018
  • 30 September 2018
Keep in mind:  Even if your event is at the end of the year, we recommend that you apply by the closest deadline as funding for these grants is limited. If an application is rejected, you may apply again for a different event.

What kind of events can be supported by this grant?
The impact minimum for a professional development event is 50; examples of professional development events include but are not limited to:
  • A well-atttended lecture series
  • A student-led conference with the exception of IONS since a separate grant supports an IONS conference
  • An industry panel program
  • A poster session
The impact minimum for a youth education outreach event is 300; examples of youth education/community outreach events include but are not limited to:
  • A series of visits to different local schools
  • A specific experiment in partnership with local schools
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact chaptersandsections@osa.org.
 

OSA Foundation Grant

Chapters and sections may apply for ONE OSA Foundation Grant through the OSA Grants Database. This highly-competitive grant is for high impact events that follow and support the OSA Founation Mission and Vision. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the funding for this grant is gone.

Keep in mind:  A chapter/section cannot receive a Special Program Grant and an OSA Foundation Grant for one, single event.

What is a high impact event?
A high impact event should have a significant impact on the optics and photonics community in your area/country/region, and/or align with the mission of the OSA Foundation. Events should have a large number of participants as well as financial support in addition to the funding your chapter/section is requesting from the OSA Foundation. The impact minimum for a professional development event is 100; examples of high impact professional development events include but are not limited to:
  • A well-atttended lecture series
  • A student-led conference with the exception of IONS since a separate grant supports an IONS conference
  • An industry panel program
The impact minimum for a youth education/ community outreach event is 500; examples of high impact youth education/community outreach events include but are not limited to:
  • Participation in large science fair/festival
  • A day of providing demonstrations in a public space or museum
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact chaptersandsections@osa.org.