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Awards

For each of these awards, you must submit an abstract prior to applying for an award.

RNATx Family Support Awards
We are excited to announce that we will be helping to supplement the costs related to childcare and/or eldercare responsibilities for early-career researchers attending our virtual symposium. We understand that, in both academia and industry, the years following the completion of a doctoral degree are critical for exposure, recognition, and networking in order to secure or maintain a position. For many scientists, these years also coincide with starting a family, making it difficult to achieve a work-life balance and embrace one’s career objectives. Up to $500 per award will be granted to students, postdocs, and/or young investigators (within their first 3 years). Delegates with accepted abstracts are eligible for this award (awarded on a first come, first serve basis). Only abstracts submitted during the regular timeframe (submitted before March 12, 2021) will be considered. Only one parent of a child or children may apply. You may apply for both a childcare grant and an inclusivity grant. 

Funds may be applied to the following needs:
  • Home-based childcare expenses incurred because of meeting attendance (funds may not be applied to normal ongoing expenses).
  • Travel of a relative or other care provider to your home to care for your child(ren) while attending the RNATx 2021 Virtual Meeting.

Family Support Award Application 
Please fill out and return this form to: RNATherapeutics@umassmed.edu


RNATx 2021 Inclusivity Grant
To support the exploration of RNA therapeutics research to those trainees and early career researchers whom are underrepresented* in the scientific community, we will offer awards to graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and young investigators (within their first 3 years). Since actual travel is not required to attend the meeting, the grants will provide reimbursement of the cost of registration or a registration waiverDelegates with accepted abstracts are eligible for this award (awarded on a first come, first serve basis)Only abstracts submitted during the regular timeframe (submitted before March 12, 2021) will be considered.

Eligibility:
*Applications must be from populations that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research, such as:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic groups: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Hawaiian Native/Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands, or;
  • Individuals with disabilities: defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or;
  • Individuals from disadvantaged/underserved backgrounds: defined as individuals from an economically disadvantaged background, first generation college graduates, or individuals from challenging social, cultural or educational background, or;
  • Identify as a female in the biological workforce

Inclusivity Grant Application
Please fill out the application(s) and return to: RNATherapeutics@UMassMed.edu