Conference Grants support a limited number of small matching grants designed to aid in the organization and promotion of scholarly and research conferences hosted by Georgia State University faculty. Conferences must be regional, national, or international in nature. The funded activities must constitute a significant official activity of the conference and be held on the campus of Georgia State University. Symposias where a panel of distinguished scholars are brought to campus to present to Georgia State University's faculty and students are typically not funded. The goal is to fund those conference activities that bring distinguished researchers and scholars to campus so that they become more aware of our research, scholarly programs, and facilities. Conferences are typically supported only once. Applications to support a conference that has been supported in the past must present a compelling reason why it should be supported again.
The request will consist of a letter to the Vice President for Research stating the amount requested, the estimated total budget for the conference, an estimate of expected support from other sources (e.g., registration fees, organization contributions, corporate support), a description of how the funds will be expended, a short description of the nature of the conference including who will attend, expected number of attendees, expected number of attendees who are not from the metro-area, and a discussion of Georgia State University's role in the conference. It is recognized that this information will all be estimates during the planning stages of a conference. The letter can be delivered or emailed to Associate Vice President Monica Swahn, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Grants are limited to a maximum of $3,000 per conference, require at least a 1:1 match of funds (i.e. the grant cannot exceed 50% of the entire budget for the conference), and may be requested at any time. It is anticipated that 7 awards will be made in any given fiscal year. There is no deadline for submission. Conferences are funded in the order they are submitted until 7 conferences are funded. Therefore, applicants are advised to submit their requests as early as possible, especially when requesting funds for a conference to be held during the current fiscal year.
Questions about this program should be addressed to Dr. Monica Swahn.