ASBMB networking grants

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Apply now

The ASBMB offers grants up to $500 to assist members in hosting networking events. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for molecular life scientists from academia, industry and government to come together and build community.

Networking grant recipients are expected to:

During the event

  • Acknowledge the ASBMB as a sponsor of the event.

After the event

Planning a networking event

Event format

Some examples of events that you may use an ASBMB networking grant for include, but are not limited to:

  • Poster competition
  • Flash talk competition
  • Weekly journal club with refreshments
  • Career fair
  • Inviting a speaker to your institution to give a talk
  • Networking reception after a departmental seminar

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In addition to inviting people at your organization, the ASBMB encourages you to invite scientists from other institutions and from local industry, government or nonprofit research organizations. We can help you identify local ASBMB members.

Promoting your event

You should coordinate with your colleagues and institutional support staff to print and distribute materials around your institution (e.g. email to listserv, announcements at seminars, flyers on elevators and bulletin boards) and at other local institutions. The ASBMB can assist in marketing your event by providing a promotional flyer template.

If requested, the ASBMB can also:

  • Provide ASBMB swag (e.g. ASBMB Today magazine, pens, lanyards, pins)
  • Provide ASBMB informational materials (e.g. Professional development opportunities, journal information)
  • Create and send a post-event survey and provide results to organizer(s)

How to apply

Use this form to submit your grant application. The application should include the following information:

  • Applicant information: Include name, affiliation, mailing address, email address and telephone number.
  • Event details: Describe the structure of your event (seminar, networking reception, poster session, etc.). Please include topics that will be covered and speaker information (if applicable). Please also indicate how you will acknowledge the ASBMB as a sponsor.
  • Expected expenses: What expenses do you plan to submit for reimbursement? Alcohol will not be reimbursed.
  • Event dates: Provide the proposed date(s) of your event.
  • Event venue: Include a description of the venue (e.g. institutional building, hotel).
  • Audience: Who will you invite to participate in your event? Will you invite scientists from outside your department/institution? How many people do you anticipate will participate in your event?
  • Promotion: List any recommended venues for advertising the event (e.g. department e-newsletter, distribution of flyers).
  • Impact statement: Share how your event will impact your local scientific community.


In order to receive reimbursement for your event, receipts must be itemized. Alcohol will not be reimbursed. A reimbursement form will be provided.

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