Grants FAQs

Have a question about grants? Click the expandable menu below for the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Grants FAQs

Do you have any examples of successful grants?

Please see the previous grant recipients page for details. You can also find details of previous projects on our blog.

Am I eligible for a grant?

Our Grants Programme supports our members' professional development via funding specific projects, activities and visits. You can check your eligibility for each grant scheme on its dedicated page.

How do I apply for a grant?

You can find information on how to apply on each grant page. The information needed varies between schemes. When a grant scheme is open for application, a button will appear on its page. Members should login to apply, and if you belong to an eligible membership category, you will be able to proceed. Please note, each application is subject to further eligibility checks, for example to check you fulfil the minimum membership criteria. You will be able to save your progress when applying, but please ensure you submit the application before the deadline which is advertised on each page.

Can I apply for my Travel Grant before my abstract is accepted?

Yes – and we encourage this. If you are successful, you’ll be given a ‘conditional’ award and so will need evidence that your abstract is accepted to claim the funds.

When can I expect to hear about my application?

You should receive an automatic acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 48 hours of submitting it.

For Research Visit Grants, Education and Outreach Grants, Microbiology in Schools Fund, Harry Smith Vacation Studentships and International Development Fund applications, please expect to be notified of the outcome within ten weeks of the closing date.

For all other programmes, you will be notified within six weeks of the closing date.

Do you accept late applications?

We are unable to accept late applications, and queries to this effect slow down our grant processing times. The grant deadlines are advertised in advance on the website, Twitter and in our newsletter, so keep an eye out for upcoming dates in these sources.

How do I claim my grant?

Please login to Mi Society, and upload evidence of your claim (this can be receipts or invoices, and evidence of your attendance) when you complete the grant claim form.

When will the funds reach my account?

For accounts in the UK, funds will be transferred into the nominated bank account within a month of receiving a complete and accurate claim.

For accounts outside of the UK, funds will be transferred into the nominated bank account within six weeks of your payment letter.

Incorrect payment details will delay processing of the payment, therefore please ensure you have entered your details correctly.

What if I have a question that is not covered in the FAQs?

If you have another question that is not answered on this page, please contact the Grants Office via email or telephone (020 7685 2698).