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NAASC Support for Conferences and Workshops

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) invites scientists from North American institutions (US and Canada) to apply for funding in support of upcoming conferences and workshops, including virtual events. There is no restriction on the size of the meeting, and any wavelength and/or topic with a connection to ALMA science, technology, or broader impact objectives will be considered.

The NAASC will provide monetary funding (up to $25,000) to organize an inclusive event, encouraging the participation of students, postdocs, and early career researchers as well as promoting diversity within the scientific community. The NAASC will also be able to provide logistical support (e.g., webinar platform, setting up the website event, handling registration, NRAO auditorium (up to 70 people, see COVID-19 note below), etc.), if needed.

The applications will be assessed based on scientific merit, benefit to or involvement of early career scientists, and budget reasonableness, among others. We especially encourage meetings supporting early career scientists, and meetings promoting ALMA synergies with other telescopes.

The main responsibilities of the awardees may include:

  1. Submit a brief summary reporting on the impact of the event including: number and career stage of participants, noting the diversity of the attendees, event's website, a copy of the program, main highlights, etc. Report is due within 2 months after the event.
  2. Acknowledge the NAASC as one of the sponsors of the event.
  3. Provide a detailed description indicating how the funding was spent. Note that NRAO cannot provide funding to buy alcohol, and can only transfer money to an institution or vendor.

To apply for funds, submit the following pdf form to . Note a detailed budget breakdown is required at the time of proposal submission.

  • For proposals requesting more than $10,000, the deadline to submit an application has been extended to November 21st, 2022.
  • For other proposals, we will accept applications while funds last.

To receive more information on how to apply for funding, or if you need advice developing your idea, or have further questions, simply email the NAASC at .


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