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 Spring 2019 ASM Conference Grant Recipients!

Nichole Broderick
University of Connecticut
Grant for: Conference on Beneficial Microbes

Geraldine Butler
University College Dublin
Grant for: Candida and Candidiasis 2020

Sean Crosson
University of Chicago
Grant for: Gordon Research Conference on Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms (STIM)

Christopher Hayes
University of California, Santa Barbara
Grant for: Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages 

Luisa Hiller
Carnegie Mellon University
Grant for: Rust Belt Microbiome Conference

Nancy Lin
National Institute of Standards and Technology 
Grant for: Standards for Microbiome Measurements


Kelsey Murray
Western Dakota Tech
Grant for: From the Environment to the Clinic: Identifying & Tracking the Mobilome of Emerging Pathogens 

Kim Orth
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Grant for: FASEB SRC on Molecular Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease

Eduardo Robleto
University of Nevada Las Vegas 
Grant for: The 63rd Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology

Dean Rowe-Magnus
Indiana University Bloomington
Grant for: 8th International Conference on the Biology of Vibrios

Chris Waters
Michigan State University
Grant for: 27th Annual Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting


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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View prior ASM Conference Grant Awardees

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