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

Julia Willett
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Sara Tolsma
Northwestern College Ann Progulske-Fox University of Florida

Wade Winkler
The University of Maryland

Anthony Maurelli
Chlamydia Basic Research Society

Michael Lorenz
University of Texas McGovern Medical School

Corrie Detweiler and Manuela Raffatellu University of Colorado, Boulder &
University of California, San Diego

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

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.
For consideration of conferences to occur in 2020, there will be two application deadlines in 2019: 
  • April 1, 2019 (application will open late-February) 
  • October 1, 2019 (application will open late-August)


To qualify for this program, you must: 


The application is now closed.