DEAI Subcommittee: FASEB CARES Awards Program

Subcommittee Charge

The FASEB CARES (Career Advancement and Research Excellence Support) Awards Subcommittee is charged with the development, implementation, and administration of the FASEB CARES Awards Program.  This program will offer meaningful support to the lives of our society members by providing monetary awards to those demonstrating a family care need, so they may continue with their scientific training and pursue other professional development opportunities.  Family care includes caring for children, partners, parents, and relatives. 

Subcommittee Objectives

  1. Provide emotional and mental support to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with caregiving costs.
  2. Promote career progression.
  3. Support the attraction and retention of women in science.

Subcommittee Membership

The FASEB CARES Awards Subcommittee will initially consist of 10 members, including FASEB and member society staff and volunteers designated by their member societies.  The subcommittee composition will be as follows:

  • FASEB and/or member society staff = 4 members
  • Member society volunteers = 6 members

Ad-hoc members will be invited for their subject matter expertise, as needed.

Subcommittee Member Position Description


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year following their selection and ending on June 30 of the third year.  Initially, 5 members will serve a 2-year term and the remaining 5 members will serve a 3-year term during the first year.  Thereafter, all members will serve a 3-year term. 


  • Participate in subcommittee meetings (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings expected)
  • Establish award criteria
  • Develop rubrics to score applications
  • Review nomination packages and recommend awardees
  • Review participants’ feedback and implement program enhancements, as appropriate
  • Active engagement by providing input on action and discussion items
  • Market and promote the program to existing and potential member societies


FASEB seeks staff and active society members with the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated passion for DEAI and advocate for professional development
  • Familiarity with scholarship programs
  • Experience participating on review committees (i.e., award committees)
  • Program development experience with proven success at driving positive change in an organization and/or institution
  • Familiarity with childcare and elder care issues is a plus
  • Understanding the barriers that exist in promotion and tenure processes is a plus
  • Thrives in collaborative environments
  • Willingness to leverage professional networks (individual and/or group connections) for subject matter expertise

Biographic, demographic, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and the Federation seeks members of its subcommittees who represent this diversity.

Time Commitment

Monthly 1-hour video conferences, plus time required to review and complete action items prior to each meeting (approximately 2-4 hours per month). 

Please note:  Once this new program is fully underway, the expectation is that the amount of time needed to administer this program will decrease since more time is always required in the developmental phase.


FASEB will provide necessary accommodations to ensure all members are able to fully participate in this subcommittee. If you need an accommodation, please contact FASEB’s DEAI Program Manager, Elvie Banda.

General Inquiries

For any questions regarding this subcommittee, please contact [email protected].