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Chapters & Sections Grants

Chapters & Sections Grant Opportunities

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

You can find information on how to access the OSA Grants Database on


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For more information on the IONS Conference Grant visit


Annual Report

This grant is a combination of a funding request for small-scale and routine activities* to be used throughout the upcoming year as well as a report on all activities held in the previous year. 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 report, upcoming 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 1 December 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.


  • 30 October 2018
  • 30 April 2019
  • 30 August 2019

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

OSA Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Grant

Chapters and sections may apply for ONE OSA Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Grant through the OSA Grants Database. This highly-competitive grant is for high impact events that follow and support the OSA Foundation Mission and Vision.

Applications are accepted based on events that promote inclusivity including gender equity, LGBT awareness, etc in which a chapter/section can receive up to US $2000 for their event. Specifically highlighting International Women and Girls Day in Science (11 February) and LGBT STEM Day (5 July.

In order for your grant to be reviewed, you will need to provide the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposed Agenda for Full Event
  • Proposed Budget for Full Event


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

If you have any questions about these grants, please contact