Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Event Fund

The Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum Executive Committee provides small grants to contribute to the costs of events organised by eligible ECM Forum members.

Key Details
Maximum award: £500
Deadlines: 31 March, 30 September
Eligible membership categories: Membership of the ECM Forum
Minimum membership: none required

Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to grants@microbiologysociety.org or by phone: +44 (0)20 7685 2698.

Applications to the 30 March deadline will open on 1 January. 

Please read all information on this page carefully and ensure you have read and agreed to the grants terms and conditions before submitting an application.

Eligibility

Current ECM Forum members who work or study in the UK or Republic of Ireland. To find out more about the ECM Forum, including how to join, visit the webpage.

What is covered by the grant?

Up to £500 will be awarded to contribute to the expenses of the proposed activity.

A variety of activities will be considered for support, for example:

  • inviting a speaker to give a microbiological research seminar
  • hosting a symposium, workshop or short conference (which could be to disseminate research results and give students an opportunity to present work, or provide training in a specific technique or methodology or other professional development activity)
  • a careers advice session

Funds may be used towards the travel and accommodation expenses of a speaker, venue hire, dinner or other food (but not alcoholic beverages), promotional material and resources.

Application process

There are two rounds of application per year. Closing dates are 31 March and 30 September.

Applications must be made via the Grants Application Portal, which can be accessed via the button available on this page.

Applicants must provide a detailed description of the proposed activity, full costings and evidence of any other sponsorship.The Head of Department of the Institution must write in support of the activity, indicating whether resources will also be available from local sources.

Award Criteria 

All applications will be considered by the ECM Forum Executive Committee. The following criteria will be considered:

  • Clear outline of the event programme including timings.
  • The event has demonstrable relevance to early career microbiologists.
  • The proposal shows understanding and implementation of the Society’s Equality and Diversity statement.
  • Concise and reasonable costings are provided.
  • A proportionate plan for evaluating the event is provided.

Administration of awards

Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application within one month of the closing date applied. It is therefore expected that applications for the March and September rounds will be for activities taking place after 1 May and 1 November, respectively.

Applicants will be notified of an awarded grant via email. The grant award will also be displayed on the Mi Society account under ‘Grant History’.

To claim a grant, Applicants should log into Mi Society, and upload evidence of the claim (this can be receipts or invoices, and evidence of attendance) when completing the grant claim form. Awarded funds will be paid to the applicant’s nominated account by bank transfer within one month of an award claim being made.