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SPIE Family Care Grants

SPIE Family Care Grants

SPIE believes that parents and care givers should have an equal opportunity in sharing their research and participating in conferences and symposia.  

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an annual meeting, either in-person or virtually. Grants cover caregiving expenses (at home or on site) for children under the age of 13 or dependent care if you are a care giver. The maximum grant amount for in-person meetings is $500 and the maximum grant amount for attending an SPIE Digital Forum is $250. 

We are working hard to ensure a safe and productive opportunity to meet together at events — view our health and safety measures. If you are planning to attend a meeting and need dependent care, consider applying for an SPIE Family Care Grant. Refer to the table below for individual event deadlines.

The application system for the 2021-2022 SPIE event cycle is open.

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Application Guidelines:

  • The deadline to apply for a grant is three weeks prior to the specific event start date. Refer to the table below for 2021-2022 deadlines.
  • Families are eligible for one grant per Member per year.
  • Eligible applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Applicants receive notification of their status no later than one week prior to the event start date.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have a current SPIE Membership through the month of the meeting.
  • Applicant must be registered for the conference by the application deadline (excludes free exhibit-only registrations).
  • Applicant must be the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 13 OR the main caregiver for a dependent family member who will need care in order for the applicant to attend the meeting.

Conditions of Grant:

  • Funding is to be made via reimbursement after the conference. 
  • Eligible expenses for reimbursement are limited to airfare of a caregiver or costs for hiring a caregiver at home or at the meeting for the duration of the event. 
  • Abuse of the grant will result in future ineligibility. 

Reimbursement Policy:

  • Expenses for reimbursement are to be submitted within 30 days of the conference.
  • Proof of purchase is required for all cargiving expense claims (includes airfare itinerary and caregiving billing).

Application Deadlines for 2021-2022 Events:

EventApplication Deadline
18-21 October
4 October 2021
Photonics West
22-27 January 2022
31 December 2021
23-25 January 2022
31 December 2021
Medical Imaging
20-24 February 2022
28 January 2022
Advanced Lithography + Patterning
27 Feb - 3 Mar 2022
4 February 2022
Smart Structures + NDE
6-10 March 2022
14 February 2022
Defense + Commercial Sensing
3-7 April 2022
14 March 2022
Photonics Europe
3-7 April 2022
14 March 2022
Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing
17-19 April 2022
28 March 2022
Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation
17-22 July 2022
27 June 2022