Canadian Association for Neuroscience Conference Childcare, Dependent, or Disability Care Subsidy

Funding under this program is intended to benefit Canadian Association for Neuroscience trainee members, postdoctoral fellows, and pre-tenure faculty (or equivalent) who attend the Canadian Association for Neuroscience conference by helping to alleviate the financial burdens of childcare or adult dependent care while attending the meeting for oral or poster presentations. Members who require a travel companion due to their own disability are also eligible for the subsidy.


A postdoctoral fellow or full-time student in a graduate program under the supervision of a member of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, or a pre-tenure faculty (or equivalent) member of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

The trainee applicant must also be a member of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Applicant must be presenting original work as first author in a poster or oral presentation abstract or be attending the conference as the official supervisor for work being presented by a trainee.

All eligible members are strongly encouraged to apply, as this will provide insight into need for subsequent meetings.

Value:  Up to $500. This program is subject to the availability of funds.

Number:  Variable (minimum 10)

Use of funds:

One subsidy of up to $500 will be awarded per applicant per fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds. Applications will be adjudicated by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN-ACN) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion subcommittee based on the following criteria:

  • Graduate students and postdocs will have priority.
  • First time applicants will have priority.
  • Appropriateness of the budget.
  • Benefit of the conference to the trainee.
  • Completeness of the application and eligibility requirements.

Eligible expenses for the budget can include:

  1. Third party dependent care services for the duration of the conference.
  2. Travel costs for the designated caregiver.
  3. Per diem of up to $50/day for the designated caregiver.

Awardees will be asked to recognize CAN-ACN for support during presentations.

The subsidy will be disbursed on the final day of the conference upon proof of conference attendance (i.e., badge) and need for dependent care (e.g., child’s boarding pass, proof of dependent care arrangements).

Application process:

A letter addressed to the CAN-ACN Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion subcommittee including:

  • the trainee’s abstract (oral or poster)
  • proof of PI and trainee’s CAN-ACN membership
  • 150-300 word statement on the benefit of the conference attendance to their professional development
  • short paragraph detailing the need and plans for dependent care arrangements
  • a detailed budget for how the dependent care subsidy will be spent


Application deadline is March 29, 2024


Letter should be sent to and will be forwarded to the committee.