Temporary Limitation on Awards Due to government mandates intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, CAPS strongly advises members to avoid in-person meetings and conferences. The CAPS Member Benefits Committee is not considering Professional Grant applications to facilitate attending scheduled in-person meetings or conferences at this time. Such events are unsafe and will likely be cancelled or postponed indefinitely. However, the Committee will continue considering all other grant applications and encourages members to apply. CAPS leaders understand the Professional Grant Program is a significant benefit of membership. We regret that circumstances require this temporary limitation on awards. We look forward to announcing that career-enhancing events are once again eligible for grant consideration when government officials, following sound science, lift the restrictions behind this temporary policy.
CAPS awards four professional development grants of $400 each quarter to qualifying CAPS members. Recipients are chosen in January, April, July and October and applications should be submitted before these months in order to be eligible for the next selection. These grants provide support for scientific research and professional development not fully funded by the state. Professional development grant applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Completeness and quality of the grant application.
- Relevance or impact on the state scientist’s career or current position.
- Degree the grant will affect the applicant’s stated purpose.
- Diversity of recipients from state departments and agencies, to the degree possible.
- All CAPS members are eligible except CAPS Officers and Directors.
- Travel to professional meetings, outside research projects, publication of scientific works, or purchase of research equipment and supplies are examples of valid funding requests. Final decisions on awarding grants will be the responsibility of the CAPS Grants and Awards Committee.
- For a grant to attend a professional meeting or conference, include the meeting or conference location and the estimated expenses incurred to attend (registration, travel, lodging, etc.). Attach a copy of the event announcement (if available) or a copy of literature announcing the event.
- For grants to cover page charges for publication of a research paper in a scientific journal, include the title(s) of the paper(s) and the name(s) of the journals.
- Funds must be used for the purpose intended and must be used within six months of the date of application. You may request retroactive reimbursement for an event you have already attended.
- Applications not funded during a quarter are eligible for funding during the subsequent quarter without the need for reapplication.
- Grants must be returned to CAPS promptly if not used for the intended purpose.
- Members may receive only one grant every two calendar years.