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ARNOVA’s 47th Annual Conference
Austin, TX, USA – November 15-17, 2018




All proposal submissions are now closed! We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Conference in Austin, TX. 


Submission Dates & Deadlines Open  Close (Non-Members) Close (Members)  Confirm Participation
Papers, Panels, Colloquium and Lightening Research Roundtables Feb 9 April 2 April 9 July 7
Posters and Research Roundtables July 6 August 15 August 15 September 22



ARNOVA’s annual conference welcomes participation from researchers in all academic disciplines, and from a range of professional backgrounds – including nonprofit executives and staff, foundation staff, consultants, and policymakers. Graduate students from all backgrounds are particularly welcome.


Submission Guidelines

All proposals are submitted through our on-line system. Clear instruction about what is required for the different types of presentations as well as a preparation checklist can be found in the "Submissions Guidelines" document below. Submitting your proposal to make a presentation at ARNOVA’s Conference will go much more smoothly and quickly if you have everything you need right at hand. The system will allow you up to an hour to complete your submission, more time than we think anyone would need. But, please note, if you exceed that hour limit, the system will time out, and it has no capacity to save your incomplete work. We strongly encourage everyone submitting a proposal to review the Submission Guidelines and Checklist below.

The proposal system displays a Help button on all screens throughout the submission process. If you have any problems or questions you can find answers here. This will be the quickest way to get an answer about the submission process. You can also contact our staff with your question by e-mailing Emails are reviewed and replied to in the order they are received. Please allow 24 hours for a response. 


You do not need to be a member of ARNOVA to submit a proposal, but you must be an ARNOVA member to present and attend the conference. All accepted presenters are expected to join ARNOVA and pay the conference registration fee. Check the ARNOVA website ( for current membership rates.

Important Deadline Notes

If you are submitting your proposal after 5 PM EST on the deadline date there will NOT be any phone or email support until the following business day. Plan ahead and submit before the deadline to avoid problems.

The deadline for paper, panel, colloquy and lightening research roundtable submissions is 11:59 PM EST, April 2, 2018 for nonmembers and 11:59 PM EST April 9, 2018 for members.  To submit a proposal click on the Access Proposal System button below and you will be directed to the submission site.  Follow the prompts to submit. Poster and Research Roundtable submissions will open in July 2018. 





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Submissions are now closed for paper, panel, colloquy, and lightening research roundtables, posters, and research roundtables. 


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