A key objective in the ASM mission is to serve as a forum for microbial sciences. We do this by publishing journals and books, as well as by organizing and sponsoring meetings and other scientific gatherings.

Through the ASM Conference Grant Program, ASM will award competitive-funding requests up to $10,000 for member-driven and organized conferences, workshops and symposia. Awards in the first round of funding ranged from $2,000 – $7,500.

Congratulations to the 2018 ASM Conference Grant Recipients!

Kelly Wrighton
Colorado State University
Grant for: Front Range Microbiome Symposium

Julia Willett
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Grant for: The Minnesota Biofilm Symposium

Sara Tolsma
Northwestern College
Grant for: The Midwest Regional SEA-PHAGES Symposium

Ann Progulske-Fox
University of Florida
Grant for: The Mark Wilson Conference 

Wade Winkler
The University of Maryland

Anthony Maurelli
University of Florida
Grant for: Ninth Biennial Chlamydia Basic Research Society Meeting

Michael Lorenz
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Grant for: 17th Annual South Central Medical Mycology Meeting

Corrie Detweiler and Manuela Raffatellu University of Colorado, Boulder &
University of California, San Diego
Grant for: The First GRC on Salmonella Biology and Pathogenesis

Alison Criss
University of Virginia
Grant for: 2019 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting

Cheryl Ingram-Smith
Clemson University
Grant for: Cellular Biology of Eukaryotic Pathogens (CBEP) Meeting

Elizabeth Campbell
The Rockefeller University
Grant for: Gordon Research Conference on the Mechanisms in Microbial Transcription

Kalai Mathee
Florida International University
Grant for: 17th International Conference - Pseudomonas 2019

Lauren O'Donnell
Duquesne University
Grant for: Careers in Teaching Academia: Becoming a Virologist at a Teaching-focused Institution

Jennifer Pentz
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grant for: Evolution of Complex Life Conference

Tatiana Pinto
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Grant for: ASM Workshop on Science Communication and Outreach

Paul Roepe
Georgetown University (GU)
Grant for: Emerging Artemisinin Resistance (ArtR)

Program Details

The goals of this program are to:
  • Empower organizers to decide on the style, format and venue of the meeting.
  • Enable ASM to support its members by supporting conferences they organize.
  • Highlight special topics that support new and emerging areas of interdisciplinary research and support fundamental areas across the microbial sciences.
  • Foster communication and collaboration across ASM groups.
  • Promote speaker diversity and provide career development opportunities for early career microbiologists.

Selection Criteria

  1. Broad scope (geographically, topically). This program was instituted to support ASM members leading conferences in their fields, and in part replaces and supplements previous funding through the ASM Conferences and Advance Your Science Programs supporting regional, non-Branch meetings, including the previous funding for the Conference on Beneficial Microbes, Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution, Salmonella Conference, etc.
  2. Funding from ASM is critical for the meeting. The application should succinctly demonstrate unmet need.
  3. Significant appeal for the US microbiology community. This does not mean the meeting must be in the US, but it should be accessible to US members.
  4. Conference open to all who wish to attend (i.e., not a workshop for select individuals).
  5. Commitment from top experts in the field that reflect its diversity. 
  6. Benefit to ASM. The conference application should concretely address how the event will benefit ASM as an organization and its members. Examples include:
    • A special topical issue in an ASM journal, following discussion with the Editor-in-Chief
    • Recruitment of new ASM members and/or demonstration of the value of membership.
    • Visible promotion of ASM’s contribution to the meeting.

This program has tended not to fund applications to generically supplement existing conferences organized by other professional organizations or societies. However, awards have been made to support specific elements or initiatives within these meetings that address the goals of this program.

Proposals are evaluated by a two-stage process. First, a panel of member volunteers scores applications according to the above criteria and provides brief written feedback. Second, a standing committee evaluates proposals in light of these scores and written comments and recommends 7-10 proposals for funding per cycle.

Award Expectations

  1. Recognize and promote ASM sponsorship in your meeting communications.
  2. Within six months after the conference, provide a two-page report to ASM's Council On Microbial Sciences (COMS) (coms@asm.org) describing:
    • How you achieved your scientific goals
    • What the award enabled
    • Size of audience, composition, diversity
    • Method of communication, online presence, etc
    • Outcomes, including publication plans
    • Benefit to ASM as a society and members
  3. Acknowledge that your report can be shared and publicized for the benefit of ASM.


To qualify for this program, you must: 


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For consideration of conferences to occur in 2020, the next application deadline will be: 
  • October 1, 2019 (application will open late-August)