The Microbiology Society is a not-for-profit organisation. Funds received through our publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology in accordance with our Aims & Objectives. As such, the Society has funds at its disposal from which it makes grants to members for specific purposes.
The Society also awards a range of prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in microbiology.
All available grants and prizes are listed below. You can select a category that you are interested in from the tabs above or use the filter to choose the category that is most applicable to you.
Please consult the full rules and check your eligibility before applying for a grant. Details and application forms may be obtained by clicking on the appropriate grant or by contacting our Grants Office. All applications should be submitted to the Grants Office unless otherwise stated.
Guide to Microbiology Society grants
Find out more about the refreshed grants programme, available to eligible members of the Society.
The rules that apply for the Society grants.
If you have a question regarding a Microbiology Society grant, find out if your query is answered in this section.
Upcoming grants deadlines.
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Society Conference Grants
Funds are available to eligible members to support their attendance at the Annual Conference or one other Society meeting per year.
Restrictions for applications from international members have now been removed and international members can apply to either the Society Conference Grants or Travel Grants. Members must review the eligibility criteria for each grant and determine which is the most suitable for their circumstances.
Funds are available to support eligible members presenting work at scientific or education meetings. Eligible members may also apply for funding to attend a short course or training event. Eligible members may also apply for funding to support registration for virtual or online events.
Harry Smith Vacation Studentships
The Society offers a limited number of awards to enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Applications must be made by the project supervisor on behalf of a named student.
Research Visit Grant
The Society offers grants of up to £3,000 to support members who are planning a short (one- to three-month) research visit to another laboratory. This scheme supports innovative projects within established collaborations and the development of new collaborative initiatives.
Education and Outreach Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.