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SPIE Family Care Grants

SPIE Family Care Grants

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia.  

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in-person or virtually. The maximum grant amount for in-person meetings is $500, and the maximum grant amount for attending an SPIE Digital Forum is $250; grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 the caregiver of a dependent 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 with receipts 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 2022-2023 Events:

Event Application Deadline
Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation
17-22 July 2022
27 June 2022
Optics + Photonics
21-25 August 2022
29 July 2022
Sensors + Imaging
5-8 September 2022
12 August 2022
Laser Damage
18-21 September 2022
26 August 2022
Photomask Technology + EUV Lithography
25-29 September 2022
2 September 2022
SPIE/COS Photonics Asia
14-16 October 2022
16 September 2022
Future Sensing Technologie
9-11 November 2022
14 October 2022
Photonics West
28 January-2 February 2023
30 December 2022
AR | VR | MR
29 January-1 February 2023
30 December 2022
Medical Imaging
20-23 February 2023
27 January 2023
Advanced Lithography + Patterning Evaluation
26 February-2 March 2023
27 January 2023
Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation
12-16 March 2023
17 February 2023
Optics + Optoelectronics
24-27 April 2023
10 March 2023
Defense + Commercial Sensing
30 April-4 May 2023
31 March 2023