The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation recently considered the future of the Conference and Travel program areas as part of its ongoing evaluation of all program areas.
As a result of this process, The Ian Potter Foundation has decided to close its Conference program effective immediately. The Travel program will be suspended through 2019 to allow time for an in-depth review to determine how best to continue providing support to early career researchers.
Since 1964, the Foundation’s Travel and Conference grants have provided substantial funds to support many Australian early career researchers as well as numerous NFP organisations. In total, more than 2,900 grants have been awarded in these areas over 54 years valued at approximately $5.5 million.
Conference grants were initiated at a time when it was more difficult for Australian conferences to secure funding to attract international experts as keynote speakers to share their knowledge with local researchers and practitioners. Over the past five decades, the Foundation has been a leader in investing in this area of international experience and exchange to the point now where we believe such conferences can continue to flourish without the Foundation’s support.
The Board remains committed to providing Travel grants for early career researchers as it recognises the importance such financial support provides to the career development for some of Australia’s brightest young researchers. A review of the Travel program will be undertaken in the coming months after which the Board will determine how best the Foundation can continue its support of early career researchers.
These changes are strategic and designed to ensure the Foundation’s grantmaking continues to achieve the greatest impact.