The FASEB MARC Program provides funding for travel awards to encourage and support the participation of underrepresented students and postdoctoral fellows at scientific meetings and conferences, and the participation of underrepresented PhD/graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members in leadership development and grantsmanship training seminar programs. The awards help to defray meeting registration and travel-related expenses (lodging, transportation, per diem) for eligible underrepresented* undergraduate and PhD/graduate students, postdoctorates, junior faculty and mentors/faculty scientists in the biomedical and behavioral science.
Biomedical and behavioral science categories include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, physiology and some parts of psychology and sociology.
* For the purpose of meeting the goals and objectives specified by the MARC Program, qualified underrepresented groups that are identified as being underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, and Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai'i and American Samoa only.) For more information, please see NIH's Diversity Statement: "Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity" (NOT-OD-15-053).
Full-time faculty members/mentors, undergraduate/PhD-graduate students and postdoctoral fellows meeting the citizenship/residency requirements at accredited postsecondary minority institutions are also eligible to apply for the travel awards.
To receive support from the FASEB MARC Program, all applicants must be USA citizens, or non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents residing in the USA or USA territories.
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.)
A permanent resident alien is an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the USA and 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.
The purpose of the MARC Program is to achieve greater participation in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of this country by individuals from underrepresented groups as described above. Therefore, participant selection will take into consideration whether an individual’s participation would help achieve the overall goals and objectives of the MARC Program.
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]