OTS Local Delivery Grants support local or regional meetings organized and are hosted by OTS members with the objective of sharing knowledge among oligonucleotide therapeutics researchers, cultivating professional development and networking.


  • Be a current member of OTS
  • Organizing a local or regional meeting that focuses on networking and providing professional development opportunities for local/regional researchers in oligonucleotide research
  • Event must include participants from different laboratories, institutions, or companies, and organizers must make an effort to recruit attendees from diverse audiences, backgrounds, etc.
  • Grants are intended to support grass roots meetings as opposed to well-established meetings and conferences

Required application materials:

  • Basic information on the meeting/event, including a summary of how the funds will be used

Recipients receive:

  • Up to $2,000 in funding to be used within twelve months
  • Listing on events calendar on the OTS website

How to apply:

  • To view upcoming OTS Local Delivery supported events view our calendar


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.

A variety of different event formats will be supported, 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!  Examples of supported events could include:

  • 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

Applications will be funded based on the benefit of the activities to oligonucleotide researchers and in particular, junior scientists.

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.

Questions?  Contact awards@oligotherapeutics.org