Statement of Research Grant Policy & Procedure

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Speaker and Conference Support program is open to all current Foundation grant awardees, specifically from the Beckman Scholars Program, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beckman Young Investigator, or Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research programs. As a current Beckman awardee, if you are organizing or hosting a seminar or conference at your institution, consider inviting a member of the Beckman Family (current/past awardees, Institute Directors, Science Advisory Council or Board Members) to be a speaker at your event. If you have a Beckman Family member as a prominent speaker at your event, you may submit an application to this program for funding up to $3,000 per request, in support of, but not limited to: speaker travel support for members of the Beckman Family, room rental fees, reception costs, food, beverage, printed materials, etc.

The Foundation recognizes the need and importance of scientists organizing and presenting research accomplishments as integral aspects of communicating advancements in research, and particularly in finding new collaborations and promoting great innovation in science. Seminars also increase exposure to innovative science, promote leadership and communication skills, and enhance networking within our Beckman awardees. These activities all come with travel and organizational costs that limit the number of opportunities that young scientists in particular cannot afford to take advantage of per year. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will choose a limited number of Speaker and Conference events based on their relevance to the mission of the program and Foundation as a whole, campus, scientific and community impact, and the scope of appeal of the event.

Applications should be submitted by the meeting organizer and fulfill the following requirements:

Please be aware that if the application is successful:

Review criteria

In reviewing the seminar or conference proposal, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will consider:


Instructions for Submitting a Request

To submit a request, send the following information and documents (word format) via email to Catrina Bryant at: cbryant@beckman-foundation.org



Requests for Funding are accepted throughout the year but must be submitted at least three months ahead of the lecture.
Notification of Award: Ongoing; generally, within 3-5 weeks of submittal
Funding Requests: Up to $3,000 per request

Fund: Generally, the Foundation will fund up to 20 requests per program year, not to exceed $60,000 in 2019.
Payments will be made to: Nonprofit, U.S. Institutions via check