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SPIE Childcare Grants

SPIE Child Care Grants

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

SPIE Childcare Grants are designed to supplement the cost of childcare for SPIE Members who are registered to attend an annual meeting. Grants up to $500 cover childcare expenses (at home or on site) for children under the age of 13 during the duration of the meeting. 

The application system for the 2020 SPIE event cycle is now open.

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Applications for assistance at Photonics West 2020 are due 22 December.
Refer to the table below for other 2020 deadlines.


Application Guidelines:

  • The deadline to apply for a grant is six weeks prior to the specific event start date. Refer to the table below for 2020 deadlines.
  • Families are eligible for one grant per Member per year.
  • Eligible applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Applicants receive notification of their status no later than four weeks prior to the event start date.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have a current SPIE Membership through the month of the meeting.
  • Applicant must be registered for the conference by the application deadline (excludes free exhibit-only registrations).
  • Applicant must be the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 13 who will need childcare 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 childcare at home or at the meeting 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 childcare expense claims (includes airfare itinerary and childcare billing).
  • International reimbursements are made via bank wire and domestic reimbursements are issued by check. 

Application Deadlines for 2020 Events:

EventApplication Deadline
Photonics West
1-6 February
22 December
Medical Imaging
15-20 February
4 January
Advanced Lithography
24-27 February
13 January
Photonics Europe
29 March-2 April
20 January
Pacific Rim Laser Damage
26-30 April
11 March
Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation
26-30 April
15 March
Defense + Commercial Sensing
14-19 June
15 March
Translational Biophotonics
18-19 May
6 April
Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation
14-19 June
3 May
Optics + Photonics
23-27 August
12 July
Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing
Dates TBA
Future Sensing Technologies
Dates TBA
Laser Damage
13-16 September
2 August
Security + Defence
20-24 September
9 August
Remote Sensing
20-24 September
9 August
Photomask Technology + EUV Lithography
20-24 September
9 August
Photonics Asia
Dates TBA