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Childcare Grants

The Materials Research Society has a limited number of childcare grants available for those attending the 2023 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit in San Francisco, CA. Grants of up to $300 will be given to selected registered meeting attendees who are bringing young children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., added hours of daycare or babysitting services). 

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Deadline: March 24, 2023


In the event that the number of requests exceeds the available funding, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers.

Application Guidelines

  • Grant applications are due by March 24, 2023.
  • Families are eligible for one grant per meeting.
  • Applicant must be registered for the meeting when submitting the application.
  • Upon approval of applications, recipients will be notified (on or before March 31, 2023). Approved recipients will be required to submit a list of expenses and original receipts by April 21, 2023.  Please allow up to 6-8 weeks to receive your reimbursement.

Allowable Expenses

  • Daycare expenses during meeting week (off-site at meeting*)
  • Extra daycare expenses at home incurred because the primary caregiver was attending the meeting (for example, overtime at a daycare center, cost of a sitter, etc.)
  • Expenses incurred in bringing a babysitter (or family member acting as caregiver) to the meeting to care for the child

Not allowable:  Meeting attendee’s mileage and travel expenses to and from the MRS meeting or tickets to local museums, amusement parks, etc.


Applicants must be registered for the Meeting to submit a grant application.

Please contact Lorri Smiley at cc@mrs.org with questions.


*Please note: There will be no MRS sponsored childcare services on-site at the 2023 MRS Spring Meeting. MRS does not sanction or recommend childcare providers, and does not assume responsibility or liability for child care services of any sort. It is the responsibility of the parents to thoroughly investigate all childcare providers.

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