In an effort to further the mission of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society by connecting researchers in local communities year-round, OTS is launching a new initiative called OTS Local Delivery.

Application

Objective

OTS Local Delivery will consist of local or regional meetings organized and hosted by OTS members. The objective of these meetings is to further the sharing of knowledge amongst oligonucleotide therapeutics researchers and cultivate professional development and networking. The society will support these meetings by funding grants of up to $2,000 per OTS Local Delivery program.

Program Requirements

  • Proposed OTS Local Delivery events must be aimed at networking and providing professional development opportunities for local/regional researchers in oligonucleotide research.
  • OTS Local Delivery events must include participants from different laboratories, institutions, or companies and organizers must make an effort to recruit attendees from diverse audiences, backgrounds, etc.

Funding & Selection Criteria

  • Primary applicant must be a current member of OTS.
  • Applications will be funded based on the benefit of the activities to oligonucleotide researchers and in particular, junior scientists.
  • Applicants can request a maximum of $2,000 to support their program.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed twice annually, on March 15 and November 15 each year. Grants will be awarded one month after close of application period.
  • Awarded grants must be used in 12 months after funds are distributed.
  • Applicants can apply for funding annually.

Examples of Supported Local Delivery Initiatives:

  • Local one-day symposium on oligonucleotide therapeutics or related topics
  • Networking event (format could include speakers and/or poster session)
  • Journal club or seminar series (including internal and/or external speakers)
  • Professional development activities such as workshops on scientific writing, CV development, alternative careers, etc. targeted specifically to researchers in academia or industry
  • Women in Science or related events promoting diversity in oligonucleotide research
  • Discussion panels on trends in oligonucleotide preclinical research, clinical trials, or other relevant topics

FAQ

OTS Local Delivery consists of local or regional meetings organized and hosted by OTS members. The objective of these meetings is to further the sharing of knowledge amongst oligonucleotide therapeutics researchers and to cultivate professional development and networking.

We will support a variety of different event formats, including one-day local symposia with invited speakers, local networking events (particularly those geared towards professional development and/or junior scientists), and journal club or seminar series with internal or invited speakers. Creativity is welcomed!

You must complete an application, which can be obtained here: Local Delivery Application 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed twice annually, on March 15 and November 15.

A maximum of $2,000 USD per grant will be awarded, and the exact award amount will depend on the scope of the event(s) and the information provided in the application.

A committee consisting of members of the OTS Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Council will review and evaluate applications and award grants based on the merits of those applications.

Grant funds must be used to host an OTS Local Delivery event within 12 months of the funds being distributed. If you are unable to complete your event within 12 months, an extension must be requested or funds must be returned to the society.

Awarded funds must be used in support of hosting OTS Local Delivery event(s) and may not be used to purchase alcohol for these event(s).

You can apply for funding once per year (i.e. once per 12-month period), whether or not your previous applications were funded.

Yes, the primary applicant must be a member of OTS. If you are not a member, click here to join now.