Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

Apply for our IMAGE grant writing workshop by April 15 and our Advocacy Training Program by April 19. Plus, submit an abstract for our transcription meeting in September!
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April 7, 2024

Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events to help you advance your career. If you’d like us to feature something that you’re offering to the bioscience community, email us with the subject line “For calendar.” ASBMB members’ offerings take priority, and we do not promote products/services. Learn how to advertise in ASBMB Today.

Industry partnership opportunities with deadlines coming up

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has teamed up with Halo to provide ASBMB members fresh industry partnership opportunities each month. Learn more about ASBMB's partnership with Halo. Requests for assistance from companies seeking certain expertise and technologies include:

  • Bayer Pharma: Human stem cells from patients with genetically derived cardiomyopathy
  • Private company: Unique methods to measure intestinal water and cotransporter regulation
  • BASF: Biodegradable micro-encapsulation of active ingredients
  • Private company: Uncovering the “perfect” natural product from a specific bacteria

See the most recent opportunities.

April 12: Deadline for FASEB CARES award

Time's running out to apply for the FASEB CARES Award. Selected applicants will receive $5,000 to relieve their caregiving financial burden and advance their careers. The award can be used to cover family caregiving financial responsibilities, enabling researchers to gain additional uninterrupted time in the lab, attend a professional conference, or gain additional time to complete a research paper, for instance. And, most important, ASBMB members are eligible for this award! The deadline to apply is April 12. Apply now!

April 15: Deadline to apply for our IMAGE grant writing workshop

The ASBMB Interactive Mentoring Activities for Grantsmanship Enhancement (IMAGE) grant writing workshop helps early-career scientists:

  • Write winning proposals for federal research funding. 
  • Get information about funding directly from NSF and NIH program officers.
  • Engage with other new faculty and experienced investigators to exchange ideas and advice when starting a new lab.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the workshop is free and includes all meals. The deadline to apply is April 15. Apply now! 

April 15: Apply for the Lifting Underrepresented Voices grant

The National Science Policy Network's Lifting Underrepresented Voices grant is "for the advancement of minority, marginalized and underrepresented groups in science policy, advocacy, communication and diplomacy." Successful applicants will be awarded up to $2,500 to organize an event, project or activity that focuses "on uplifting the voices of minority, marginalized and underrepresented people." Learn more.

April 15: Deadline for Genes in Space contest

Help inspire the next generation of space scientists by sharing the application for the 2024 Genes in Space competition! Designed for students in grades 7–12, this annual contest "invites students to solve the challenges of living and working in space" by designing a DNA experiment for the International Space Station. Proposals will be accepted through April 15. Check out the prizes:

  • Twenty-five awardees will win prize packages, including miniPCR biotechnology kits for their schools.
  • Five finalist teams will additionally receive mentoring from scientists and attend the 2024 ISS R&D Conference, where they will present their ideas to a panel of judges.
  • The winner will attend Space Biology Camp and watch their experiment launch into space in 2025. 

Learn more.

April 17: ASBMB's webinar on NICHD funding and training opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department in its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will present its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Join us to discover the many ways you can get funded by NICHD. The webinar starts at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn more and register.

April 19: Deadline to apply for the ASBMB's Advocacy Training Program

The ASBMB Advocacy Training program is a three-month externship (May through August) that provides hands-on science policy and advocacy training for ASBMB members. ATP delegates learn about science advocacy, the role of Congress and policymakers in funding science, and how to effectively advocate. With support from ASBMB public affairs staff, delegate will develop and execute their own independent advocacy activity to address an issue affecting the research enterprise and/or their communities. Apply by April 19.

May 9: Apply for DOE's Lawrence award

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award honors midcareer U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional technical contributions and achievements in research and development supporting DOE’s mission and its programs to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. Learn more.

May 15: Apply for HHMI's Hrabowski program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its national competition to select up to 30 early-career faculty members to join the 2025 cohort of the Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program. Scholars committed to advancing inclusivity in science will be appointed for up to two five-year terms and receive up to $8.6 million in total support over 10 years. Learn more.

May 29: ASBMB's webinar on DOD funding and training opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department in its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the Department of Defense will present its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Join us to discover the many ways you can get funded by DOD. The webinar starts at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn more and register.

June 10: Abstract deadline for our transcriptional regulation meeting

Present your work Sept. 26–30 at this ASBMB conference in Alexandria, Va.

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin, and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. With recent innovations and technological advances in clinical and preclinical research, personalized medicine is becoming a reality, in part because of advances in our understanding of RNA polymerase II. Many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin. The community is highly dynamic and multi-disciplinary, with an ever-changing set of focal areas that establish new paradigms and new ways of thinking about the topic.

Even after decades of study, this research area continues to advance, reveal new concepts, and bolsters almost every other area of biology. Submit your abstract and get a discount on registration by June 10.

Oct. 21–25: Conference on epigenetic regulation and genome stability

The ASBMB has partnered with the Biophysical Society of China for a meeting on the interplay between epigenetic regulation and genome stability. It will be held Oct. 21–25 in Wuhan, China. The topics include:

  • Epigenetic regulation of genome replication.
  • Dynamic epigenetic alterations maintaining genome stability.
  • Chromatin-based epigenetic inheritance.
  • The role of epigenetic alterations in cancer and aging.
There will be seven platform sessions devoted to oral presentations and two poster sessions. In addition to presentations from two keynote speakers and 30 invited speakers, there will be 14 short talks chosen from the abstracts submitted. Learn more and register.

Jan. 21–24, 2025: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The 2025 Deuel conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif. It is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators — and for scientists who’ve just begun to explore the role of lipids in their research programs. This event will bring together a diverse array of people, including those who have not attended Deuel or perhaps any lipid meeting before. The conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy an informal atmosphere that encourages discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts. Read our Q&A with the organizers. Learn more.

Aug. 17–21, 2025: The 15th international symposium on proteomics in the life sciences

This five-day symposium, held at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful proteomics technologies. Formerly known as the "International symposium on mass spectrometry in the health and life sciences," the meeting has been renamed to reflect the growing number of partial and non-mass spectrometry–based methods under discussion.

The symposium will juxtapose sessions about methodological advances with sessions about the roles those advances play in solving problems and seizing opportunities to understand the composition, dynamics and function of cellular machinery in numerous biological contexts. In addition to celebrating these successes, we also intend to articulate urgent, unmet needs and unsolved problems that will drive the field in the future. In addition to talks by invited plenary and session speakers, short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. See the program of our previous meeting.


  • Sunday minisymposium — Biofluid proteomics: discovery to clinic
  • Emerging technologies: Sample preparation and automation
  • Emerging technologies: Instrumentation and data generation
  • Emerging technologies: Single cell and spatial proteomics
  • Proteomics in structural biology and integration with other high resolution methods
  • Interactomics: Understanding pathways, networks and molecular machines
  • Chemical biology and chemoproteomics: Toward functional understanding of drugs and their targets
  • Cell, organellar and tissue biology: Signaling, cross talk and communication
  • Impact of clinical and translational proteomics in human health and treatment
  • Multiomics integrative analysis and the emerging roles of machine learning and neural models
Registration and abstract-submission information will be available in late 2024. Learn more and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

Do you have a great idea for a scientific event?

We are now accepting proposals for scientific events to be held in 2024 and 2025. You pick the topic, the sessions and the speakers, and we’ll do the rest.

That’s right! We’ll manage registration, market the event to tens of thousands of scientists, and handle all the logistics so that you can focus on the science.  

The top areas of research interest among ASBMB members include the following, but we’ll consider all proposals:  

  • Protein structure and folding 
  • Molecular bases of disease 
  • Gene regulation 
  • Signal transduction 
  • Metabolism 

What molecule, method or research question needs more attention? We’re here to help you realize your vision and deliver cutting-edge science to the BMB community. 

Propose an event.

Year-round: Van Andel Institute postdoc preview applications

Van Andel Institute offers sernior graduate students who are exploring postdoc options the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about its postdoctoral training positions. Applications are accepted year-round, and participants will meet one-on-one with faculty and explore VAI's scientific resources. There is no cost to attend for selected applicants. Learn more.

Year-round: HHMI Janelia Visiting Scientist Program applications

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and established senior investigators are all invited to participate in Janelia's Visiting Scientist Program. Janelia accepts visitor proposals on a continuous basis. Since 2007, more than 410 visiting scientists from 23 countries have participated in the program. Learn more.

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