The Foundation was incorporated on October 8, 1999 in the State of Kansas. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide grants to student for study, for travel and to participate in annual meetings of Nematological and related societies; provide assistance to scientists to encourage creative thought and to assist in the early development of innovation in Nematology and their applications; provide grants to plan, develop and conduct special workshops, courses, and programs on topics of interest to Nematological scientists and students thought the world; provide grants to students and scientists to help defray cost of publications of Nematological interest; and provide assistance for development and publication of books and other publications of Nematological interest.
Endowments of the N.A. Cobb Foundation
N. A. Cobb Fund: Used to support activities deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors, including but not limited to student travel grants, student research grants, development and distribution of educational resources, equipment exchange transport, symposia, operational expenses, and other special projects such as needed or appropriate to support the science of nematology.
The Economic Nematology Endowment: For support of research and scholarship intended to affect nematode management by strengthening linkages between growers, advisors, and other pest management personnel in the public and industry sectors. Projects may include student travel grants, symposia, special publications, and other activities as deemed appropriate.
The Entomophilic Nematode Endowment: To provide travel grants to students in the disciplinary specialty of entomophilic/entomopathogenic nematology.
The K. R. Barker - IFNS Endowment: For support of the website of the International Federation of Nematology Societies. Should the IFNS cease to exist or discontinue its website, then proceeds from this endowment are to be used to support the travel of an outstanding graduate student to meetings of the Society of Nematologists.
The Pierre Baujard Endowment to African Nematology: To foster the advancement of nematology in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing grants for travel, training, research, and educational materials.
The President’s Endowment: Established by former presidents of the Society of Nematologists to support a “President’s Lecture” at the annual meeting of the Society. The precise nature of this lecture is to be determined by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
The John M. Webster Outstanding Student Award: To recognize a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in his/her thesis work as well as other skills necessary to be a well-rounded scholar.
The William F. Mai Endowment: To provide travel grants to students in any specialty related to nematology in memory of W. F. Mai