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If you have any questions on what a FASEB CARES application looks like, please see the following mock applications.



What is the goal of this award?


  • The goal of the FASEB CARES award is to provide financial support to those demonstrating family care need to allow protected time for scientific training and professional development opportunities. This includes activities such as preparing grant applications and manuscripts and attending conferences, workshops, and meetings. FASEB recognizes that every situation may be different.


Who is eligible to apply?


Applicants must be:


  • Primary caregivers
  • U.S. citizens and/or individuals legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Current members of FASEB's full member societies.
  • Members of one (or more) historically excluded groups with a dependent care need.  “Historically Excluded Groups” are those for whom full rights and opportunities have been restricted based on their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and/or socioeconomic status.


What is the value of the award?


  • Each award is $5,000 based on documented need.


How often can I apply?


  • Eligible individuals may apply once per application cycle
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply for future award cycles
  • Individuals may receive one award every two calendar years and should not reapply until they are eligible to receive another award.


Can my spouse/partner apply for an award in the same award cycle?


  • No, only one award can be made per household.


How is “dependent” defined? Is it limited to children?


  • A dependent is any individual - child or adult - who is unable to care for themselves whether due to age, illness, or disability, and relies predominantly on the applicant for daily caretaking needs. While the dependent is typically a family member such as a child, partner, and/or parent; dependents may include any other close relative or non-related individual for whom the applicant may be a court-appointed caregiver. Documentation of caregiving role must be provided.


What expenses qualify?


  • Reimbursable expenses include short-term costs associated with care of a dependent that exceed normal day-to-day expenses, and without which the applicant could not pursue professional opportunities. Routine long-term daily care services are not reimbursable, as it is expected that the applicant will make those arrangements to perform their normal job duties.


What documentation do I need?


Do not upload any documents that contain personally identifiable information including Social Security number (SSN) 


Documentation must include the following:  

  • start and end dates of the eligible expense
  • full name of both the dependent(s) and caregiver
  • type of service
  • amount paid
  • evidence of payment


What documentation is needed for dependents under 17 years of age?


  • Applicant must provide proof of shared residency, adoption decree, and/or legal documentation proving guardianship.


What should the “explanation of need” include?


  • The applicant must provide the following:
    • clear description of caregiver responsibilities
    • concise explanation of how this award would promote professional development
    • explanation of how this professional development opportunity would not be possible without financial assistance


What is the process for reviewing applications?


  • See rubric for scoring criteria 


How long is the funding opportunity open?


  • Applications will be open from March 4th - April 12th, 2024.


When will applicants be notified?


  • Awardees will receive notifications in July 2024.  A public announcement will be made in September 2024.


Who can I contact if I have questions?