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ICABR 2020 Conference Student and Early Career Professional Travel Grant Submission

The 24th International Consortium for Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) Conference will be held from June 29th to July 3rd, 2020 in Córdoba, Argentina. The conference will focus on the latest economics and agribusiness research on innovations for food, agriculture, and biofuels, and the policies that determine their use and impact. Co-sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries of Argentina, the 24th ICABR Conference will provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from some of the most productive food-producing countries.

Through a grant from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), ICABR is able to offer Student and Early Career Professional Travel Grants to support attendance by the next generation of bioeconomy scholars. These competitive grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 USD, will provide financial support for costs of conference registration, travel and lodging for graduate students and junior professionals from U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities. There are other funds to support African scholars.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants include graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early career professionals (recent PhD graduates, non-tenured junior faculty with clear demonstration of insufficient institutional funding).

Applicants must also be engaged in research on topics relevant to the ICABR 2020 Conference, including but not limited to: applied molecular genetics; biofuels, biorefineries and biomaterials; bio inputs; bioeconomy and the environment; bioeconomy curricula; and bioeconomy policy.

Applicants must have their paper accepted for oral presentation at the ICABR 2020 Conference (including submitting an abstract before the required deadline via the ICABR website at http://icabr.net/.

Applicants must demonstrate lack of availability of sufficient resources to attend the conference in the absence of a travel grant. For graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, a brief personal statement can demonstrate financial need. For junior faculty, a short supporting letter from the Department Chair should attest to financial need. 

Application Process

All travel grant applicants must submit an abstract for oral presentation before the required 2020 conference deadline via the ICABR website at http://icabr.net/.

Travel grant applicants should also submit the following ICABR 2020 Student and Early Career Professional Travel Grant materials via the link below by February 25, 2020:

  • A cover sheet with the name, highest degree earned, faculty rank or anticipated graduate degree, University email, University mailing address, and phone number of the applicant, as well as the title and abstract of the paper as submitted to ICABR;
  • A brief personal statement (<100 words) including a statement of anticipated benefits from attendance at the ICABR 2020 conference, and a clear statement of financial need;
  • A brief letter of support from one of the following: (a) a faculty member attesting to the potential for the applicant to contribute to the ICABR 2020 Conference program (graduate and postdoctoral applicants only); or (b) the Department Chair attesting to lack of sufficient institutional resources in the absence of a travel grant (faculty applicants only);
  • A brief itemized budget, indicating costs to be borne by ICABR and funding provided by other sources, if any. Include the categories Registration fee, Airfare, Lodging, Meals, and Other Expenses (if any).

Click "Next" below to submit your travel grant application materials. Travel grant proposal submissions should be submitted by February 25, 2020, to ensure consideration for funding for the Summer 2020 conference. Proposals will be reviewed by the ICABR Board, and award decisions announced in early March.

Please direct questions to Dr. Travis Reynolds at twreynol@uvm.edu or Dr. Carl Pray at cpray@sebs.rutgers.edu.