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NAASC Conference and Workshop Support

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) invites members of the North American (US and Canada) scientific community to apply for funding (up to $10,000 per event) in support of inclusive conferences and workshops which encourage the participation of students, postdocs, and early career researchers. PI-led events based in the US or other national or international conferences may be considered. Events must be scheduled between Oct 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024 to be eligible. For events happening in FY25, a call for applications for awards up to $25K will open in Summer 2024.

For awarded events, the NAASC can provide monetary funding (up to $10,000 per event). As needed, the NAASC can also provide logistical support (e.g., webinar platform, event website), access to facilities (NRAO rooms and auditorium in Charlottesville) and content (materials, training sessions for attendees) if requested in the application or proposed by the NAASC at the time of the award.

To apply, submit this pdf form to . Note that a detailed budget breakdown is required at the time of application. We reserve the right to offer a partial award in response to a proposal.  We will accept applications at any time while funds for fiscal year 2024 last.

Eligibility criteria

  • The proposer should be affiliated with North American institutions (US and Canada) 
  • PI-led events based in the US, or other national or international conferences, may be considered
  • The event must happen between Oct 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024 (Fiscal year 2024).
  • Meetings addressing any topic with a connection to ALMA science, technology, or broader impact objectives will be considered
  • Meetings of all sizes will be considered, including virtual events
  • Scientific meetings based on Large Program results are encouraged to apply for this program. However, separate funding is now available to support meetings focused on the data reduction, analysis or publication preparation of North American ALMA Large Programs by the Principal Investigator (PI) team - for this type of meeting, PI teams do not need to apply through this program and instead should contact the ARC Manager

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed based on scientific merit and match to the NAASC’s priorities, benefit to or involvement of early career scientists, and budget reasonableness, among other criteria. We especially encourage events promoting ALMA synergies with other telescopes, events introducing ALMA to new potential users and events facilitating interactions with NAASC staff. 

Awardee responsibilities:

  • Acknowledge the NAASC as a sponsor of the event
  • Include NAASC materials and content as appropriate for the event (as discussed between the event organizer and the NAASC)
  • After the event, submit a brief summary reporting on the impact of the event
  • After the event, submit a detailed report 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.


For any questions about this program, or if you need advice developing your idea, or have further questions, simply email the NAASC at .



Events supported in FY24


Events supported in FY23

  • exoALMA Large Program Start of Science Workshop (invitation only), Boston, MA, USA, 5-9 December 2022
  • DECO Large Program Workshop (invitation only), Charlottesville, VA, USA, May 23-26 2023
  • Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems: Chemical and Dynamical Constraints on Planet Formation, Conference and Seminar, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA, 11-16 June 2023.
  • 76th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Champaign-Illinois, IL, USA, June 19-23 2023
  • COMPASS Large Program Workshop, Direction for Scientific Discovery with ALMA (invitation only) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, July 7-9, 2023
  • Kavli-AUI Symposium, Astrochemistry VIII – From the First Galaxies to the Formation of Habitable Worlds, Traverse City, MI, USA, 10-14 July 2023
  • New Era of AGN Science with the Vera C. Rubin LSST, NRAO, Charlottesville, VA, USA, 24-26 July 2023
  • The Evolution of Gas in and around Galaxies, Stanley, ID, USA, 31 July-4 August 2023