UB Faculty Conference Grants


The Baldy Center's Conference Grant Application is here.

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The Baldy Center sponsors several conferences and workshops each academic year on topics related to law, legal institutions, and social policy. Our conferences typically have thirty to fifty attendees, and include formal presentations by distinguished speakers. The Baldy Center workshops tend to be small, narrowly focused events aimed at intensive discussion. See examples of our past, present and future conferences here.

Baldy Center conference and workshop grants are available to non-adjunct, full-time University at Buffalo faculty members. To apply, please follow the guidelines as specified below, and submit your application here.


The Baldy Center 
511 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260

Email:  baldycenter@buffalo.edu



The Baldy Center supports conferences and workshops to advance the interdisciplinary study of law, legal institutions, and social policy in the UB community. Baldy Center conferences and workshops should contribute to faculty research, provide faculty members and graduate students with opportunities to discuss their work with outside scholars, and help to develop new areas of scholarly interest and new networks of scholarly activity. They should bring to University at Buffalo outstanding scholars from around the world who are engaged in innovative work, enhancing the quality of UB scholarship and visibility of the Baldy Center.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be non-adjunct faculty members of the University at Buffalo. Collaboration with faculty at other universities and research centers is encouraged. Applicants must have the capacity to co-administer the proposed event. The Baldy Center will provide advice to the organizers and will share responsibility for event logistical arrangements with the organizers. 


Selection Criteria

Decisions to support conferences and workshops are made by a review committee of UB faculty. Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • address important questions in understanding law, legal institutions, and social policy;
  • aim to produce publications or lead to further collaborative research (including developing external grant proposals);
  • call on participants to circulate draft manuscripts prior to the event;
  • provide opportunities for UB faculty participation while also including private working sessions when appropriate;
  • include participants from diverse disciplines;
  • where appropriate, involve participants who are themselves diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and other factors likely to encourage a broad and multifaceted discussion.


Planning, logistics, and expenses

Faculty organizers are responsible for certain aspects of event coordination.

The substantive work required on the part of the faculty organizer includes: 

• Identify, invite, and confirm potential participants.
• Approve paper topics and abstracts. 
• Develop a conference program / schedule. 
• Designate moderators (if applicable).
• Produce content for conference publicity, and distribute event announcements in collaboration with the Baldy Center staff and web manager. 
• Make publication plans. 
• Handle of all aspects of the event that require substantive or intellectual judgments, including decisions regarding the distribution of funding to participants and for event activities. 

The faculty organizer will identify a non-Baldy Center staff member to collaborate with Baldy Center staff in the logistical coordination of the event, including the following tasks: 

• Event planning and logistics.
• Correspond with participants regarding transportation, lodging, presentation technologies, special dietary requirements, bios, photos, abstracts, etc. 
• Organize and schedule logistics planning meetings.
• Book hotels, venues (if not Baldy space), photographer and videographer (if applicable).
• Arrange transportation, order catering. 
• Keep track of conference budget to assure overspending does not occur. 
• Coordinate conference website content.
• Post flyers and posters around campus. 
• Compile Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials and make available to conference attendees (if applicable). 
• Arrange any activities outside of UB (e.g. tourist activities, conference dinners).
• Arrange book selling or other similar functions (if applicable). 
• Arrange all audio visual needs in conjunction with Law IT, and prepare consent to record forms. 
• Print name tags, tent cards, schedule materials.
• Manage registration table and sign-in. The Baldy Center will provide one assistant on the day(s) of the event. 
• Track registration and RSVPs. 
• Other administrative work as needed.

In addition to grant funding, The Baldy Center will provide the following support: 
• Schedule the event in coordination with other Baldy activities. 
• Reserve the Conference Center space for events. 
• Serve in an advisory capacity to both faculty organizers and department administrators. 
• Announce events on the Baldy Center listserv and website. 
• Provide website design and content development, with information as provided by faculty organizer. 
• Poster design work, with content supplied by faculty organizer.
• Provide tax exempt forms to faculty organizers, for taking participants off campus for dinners
• Manage and process all financial aspects of the event, including vendor payment and participant reimbursement, as well as student assistant payroll if included in the grant.



To avoid conflicts with other important events, scheduling of Baldy supported conferences and workshops must be coordinated through the Baldy Center. No workshops or conferences will be scheduled on the days of significant University or School of Law events (e.g., Commencement).

Post-Event Reporting

Funding recipients agree to provide a follow-up report describing the event, publications, and other benefits arising from the event. A web-based form will be provided for this purpose. Resulting publications should acknowledge The Baldy Center support. Funding recipients agree to provide a follow-up report, due one month after the event. Please format your report in the following sections:

  • Name of Conference
  • Date of Conference
  • Faculty Organizer
  • Event Summary, including activities, synergies, discussions, advancements related to original proposal
  • Products, including forthcoming publications, grant proposals, etc
  • Benefits, to Baldy, UB scholars, and Law & Society research 

Please email your 3- to 5-page post-conference report to BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu.


Conference Budgeting Guidelines and Estimates

Catering: Prices as listed will vary depending on the caterer and menu choices.
It is up to the organizer to estimate likely costs. All expense reimbursement requests and  vendor payments must follow SUNY approval and documentation protocols.

Catering Estimates: Costs will vary depending on the caterer and menu choices
—Continental Breakfast: $6.00-$8.00 per person
—Morning or Afternoon Snack; assorted pastries, fresh fruit: $4.00-$6.00 per person
—General Lunch; meat and vegetarian options: $10.00-$15.00 per person

Reception Items: Costs will vary depending on the caterer and menu choices
—Fruit & Vegetable Platter: $25.00-$45.00
—Cheese and Cracker Platter: $35.00-$55.00
—Breads and Spreads Platter:  $30.00-$50.00

—The Baldy Center will provide non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event including coffee, tea, and water.
—Beer and wine are permitted in the conference center if the UB caterer, Three Pillars, provides the bartender and liquor license. These costs should be included in the conference grant proposal.
    -Alcohol Permit Fee: $65.00
    -Bartender: $100
    -Bar Packages: $300 (min.) consumption

Dinners are usually held off-campus, in restaurants following SUNY cost limitations (FY20 = a maximum of $28 per person with no more than $15 in alcohol per person including gratuities).
—Dinner expense reimbursement requests must follow all SUNY documentation protocols. The organizer should obtain a NYS tax-exempt form before the dinner and specifically request that no tax be applied to the receipt. Alcohol purchases should be on a separate itemized receipt.
—The organizer will pay for off-campus meals. They should submit their receipt, list of diners, and event flyer in Concur. 


Preferred hotels can be found on the Hotels for UB Guests website. Frequently used hotels include the Doubletree and Candlewood Suites.
—Costs vary from approximately $80-$150/per night, the standard CONUS rate is $106/night.
—The Baldy Center can set up a group contract when for the event.

Travel Costs:

  • Air travel – flights must be booked by the persons who are traveling and will be reimbursed when receipts are submitted. Only coach or economy class travel is reimbursable. Travelers must submit paper boarding passes or screen shots of digital boarding passes. No exceptions.
  • Rail and/or bus travel – submit all receipts and boarding passes.
  • Road travel – Approximately $.58 per mile, with a rental car to be used when mileage costs exceed rental fees.

Student Assistants:
$ 11.80 per hour, but budget for $12.50 per hour to account for fringe charges.

About the Conference Grant Proposal

Please complete the form and upload a pdf of your proposal using our online application.

Please adhere to the application guidelines listed above. The grant proposal must include the following named sections:

  • Your name, email address, departmental affiliation, names and affiliations of co-organizers.

  • Name of event and proposed date of event.

  • Conference Description, 3-pages maximum, including:
    —Relevance to law, legal institutions, or social policy in your discipline
    —Innovative or transformative outcomes
    —Products planned
    —Pre-event manuscript sharing plans
    —Rationale for probable invited scholars
  • Conference Budget, 2-pages maximum, including:
    —Total proposed cost
    —Total funding requested from the Baldy Center
    —Projected non-Baldy Center support amount and source
    —Event participant travel description and amount requested
    —Accommodations description and amount requested
    —Meals description and amount requested
    —Student Research Assistantships requested
    —Other costs and amount requested