Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Call for Networking Events has been cancelled for Spring 2020. This page will be updated for the next Call for Networking Events in October 2020. 

Do you have an idea for hosting a local networking event for current and potential Biophysical Society members?

The Membership Committee has a mini-grant opportunity, which will provide up to $500 to help you host an event. The venue and format of the event are up to you – we are looking for creative ideas that will promote interactions between members and nonmembers interested in biophysics and the Society. For example, the grant could provide food and beverages for guests attending a presentation by a local biophysicist you recruit. All current Society members are eligible to apply.

Please note that your event must meet the following requirements:

  • No longer than one day
  • Stand-alone event (not part of a larger conference)
  • Promote interaction between different institutions and/or communities in a geographical area not served by the Annual Meeting
  • Emphasis on the promotion of biophysics
  • Take place in an area not currently well served by other opportunities for networking among biophysicists
  • Meeting size of approximately 25 to a maximum of 150 attendees
  • Must be advertised prominently as a BPS-sponsored event
  • Speaker list should include graduate students and postdocs
  • For renewing events: Networking Events will be eligible for funding for a maximum of 3 years each

Complete submission must include:

  • Applicant name(s)
  • Proposed city/state
  • Proposed venue
  • Approximate date of event
  • Proposed title of event
  • Brief description of event
  • Speaker names (if applicable)
  • Number of anticipated attendees
  • Budget for event (expenses and revenue expected)
  • Description of how the meeting/event will be advertised
  • If there are other sponsoring groups or potential sources of funding – names and amounts must be provided
  • Brief explanation of why the event is needed in the proposed location

For more information, view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.