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SPIE Child Care Grants

The SPIE Optics+ Photonics Child Care Grant

SPIE Optics + Photonics Child Care Grant

SPIE believes that parents should have an equal opportunity in sharing their research and participating in conferences and symposia.  

The 2019 SPIE Optics + Photonics Child Care Grant is designed to supplement the cost of child care for SPIE Members who are registered to attend this annual meeting. Grants of up to $500 will be made in the form of reimbursements for expenses related to child care of children under the age of 13 during the duration of the meeting. 

Families are eligible for one grant per household per year.
The deadline to apply is 1 July 2019.

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Eligible applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants receive notification of status by 14 July 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have a current SPIE Membership through 1 September 2019.
  • Applicant must be registered for the conference by the application deadline of 1 July 2019 (excludes free exhibit-only registrations).
  • Applicant must be the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 13 who will need child 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 child care at home or in San Diego for the duration of the event. 
  • Abuse of the grant will result in future ineligibility. 

Reimbursement Policy:

  • Expenses for reimbursement are to be submitted within 30 days of the conference along with a completed reimbursement form.
  • Proof of purchase is required for all child care expense claims (includes airfare itinerary and child care billing).
  • International reimbursements are made via bank wire and domestic reimbursements are issued by check.