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Eligibility and Requirements

All travel award recipients must be USA Citizens or Permanent Residents (‘green card’) of the USA, and must reside within the USA or USA territories.  

Qualified underrepresented groups that have been identified as being underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences include individuals such as:
  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment)
    or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other U.S. Pacific Islanders (Guam, America Samoa);
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and those who come from an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

 For more information, please see NIH's Diversity Statement:  "Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity" (NOT-OD-15-053).

To receive support from the FASEB MARC Program, all applicants must be USA citizens, or non-citizen nationals (a non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States of America, owes permanent allegiance to the USA.  This is generally a person born in a land that is not a state, but that is under USA sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration -- for example, American Samoa), or legal permanent residents.   An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must possess an alien registration receipt card (I-551 -- commonly known as a 'green card') prior to applying for funding and participation.  Individuals on temporary or student visas, those seeking asylum, or refugees are not eligible for FASEB MARC Program funding or support.

Proof of USA Citizenship is required.  Proof of citizenship may be verified by one of the following federal or state government-issued documents: 1) USA Passport, 2) USA Birth Certificate, 3) Certificate of Naturalization, 4) Certificate of United States Citizenship, or 5) Consular Registration of Birth Abroad Form.

All full-time students and postdoctoral fellows meeting the citizenship/residency requirements at U.S.A. accredited postsecondary minority-serving institutions are eligible to apply for the travel awards. Full-time underrepresented students and postdoctoral fellows meeting the citizenship/residency requirements at U.S.A. accredited majority institutions are also eligible to apply for the travel awards.

NOTE:   We are prohibited from providing funds to employees and trainees at Federal facilities who receive Federal support for their salary/wages. For more information regarding Federal Travel Regulations, visit http://www.gsa.gov and type in 'Federal Travel Regulations' in the search box.

In addition, we are not able to provide travel funds to any applicant who is directly supported by Federal funds that include travel to meetings and conferences.  This means that applicants who are supported by NIH F-series, NIH K-series, and/or certain NIH T-series grants, or applicants who have similar support from other Federal agencies (e.g., NSF, etc.) are not eligible for funding support from the FASEB MARC Program.  Graduate students and/or Postdoctoral Fellows who are supported through their mentor’s NIH R01 grant or similar grant from other Federal agencies may receive travel funds. All sources of Federal funding support must be disclosed with the application packet.

For poster/platform (oral) presentation travel award applicants (1st Authors who are also the presenting authors only):  Abstracts submitted and accepted as a poster or oral presentation will be used as the basis for the awards. A written recommendation from the Department Head or Dean must accompany the applications. In addition, the application package should include a brief statement from the applicants as to what anticipated benefits will be obtained by attending the meeting or conference.   The FASEB MARC Program Travel Award Selection Committee will select the award recipients based on the accepted abstracts of applicants who are eligible for FASEB MARC Program funding as specified by the goals and objectives of the TWD Division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Refer to the Travel Awards for scientific meetings application form or contact the FASEB MARC Program Office at marcssm@faseb.org for more information.


Last Updated: 12/24/15

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by two grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.  [T36-GM08059 and T36-GM08637]