Affiliate Award Fund (AAF) for NISS Affiliates

About the Affiliate Award Fund

Effective July 1, 2013, the Affiliate Award Fund (AAF) replaced the Affiliate Reimbursement Account (ARA).  The portion of the Affiliates membership fee that is added to the new Affiliate Award Fund remains the same: $2,500 per year (of the $10,000 fee) for NISS Industry Affiliates and $1,500 per year (of the $3,000 fee) for NISS Academic Affiliates.

The deposit (from the Affiliate fee) in one membership year will continue to be available through the subsequent membership year and then will expire.  All balances will expire automatically upon non-renewal by an Affiliate.

Affiliate Award Funds can be used to support travel by Affiliate researchers (at any level, at the discretion of the Affiliate Liaison) to NISS and NISS-sponsored meetings. Travel awards from an Affiliate's Award Fund are administered by NISS upon request from the Affiliate Liaison and can cover travel expenses plus registration fees for eligible conferences and events. Eligible meetings include NISS conferences, workshops and events plus NISS co-sponsored conferences and workshops.

Affiliate Award Funds can be used upon request by the Affiliate Liaison to support NISS or SAMSI co-sponsored meetings hosted by the Affiliate, up to $1,000 per meeting or conference.

Affiliate Liaisons can check the balance of their Award Fund by sending an e-mail to

Affiliate Award Fund: Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

As before (with ARA's), travel to national professional society meetings, notably JSM, CSP, SIAM, IMS, etc. is ineligible.

In general, any transportation, lodging or subsistence expense may be claimed, with the following exceptions:

  1. Only coach air fares will be reimbursed. The Affiliate is best served if travelers make reservations well in advance in order to obtain the most cost-effective fares.
  2. Additional personal nights in a hotel before or after the "official" part of a trip will not be reimbursed. Most NISS events are structured to require arrival the night before the event begins but to allow return home on the day it ends.
  3. For events at NISS, travelers are encouraged to stay at the at a local hotel (TBD) where they receive a very favorable rate. Those staying elsewhere will not be able to claim more than the cost of staying at the designated hotel.
  4. Personal expenses incurred while on travel, such as laundry, telephone calls and internet access, are not reimbursable.
  5. Entertainment expenses and alcoholic beverages are not reimbursable.
  6. The per diem for meals is $12 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $30 for dinner. Do not claim meals that are furnished by NISS.

Travel Reimbursement Forms & Policies

Affiliate Award Fund - FAQ