Society Conference Grants

Funds are available to eligible members to support their attendance at the Annual Conference or one other Society meeting per year.

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

Applications for support to attend Society Focused Meetings are now open. Please check the name of the grant you are applying for carefully and select the correct button on the left hand side after you log in to apply.

Delegates who are ineligible for Conference attendance support but whom are eligible for support for caring costs may apply separately for a caring cost grant through Mi Society.

Applicants may also use this grant scheme to apply for support for their caring needs.

Please read all information on this page carefully before submitting an application:

Eligibility

Postgraduate Student Members resident in the UK or Ireland who are attending their first Society Conference or who are presenting work.

Full Concessionary Members resident in the UK or Ireland who are postdoctoral researchers presenting work.

Full Concessionary Members resident in the UK or Ireland who are working as technicians in microbiology laboratories who can give justification for how attendance will benefit their professional development.

Full Concessionary retired members resident in the UK or Ireland, whose membership has not lapsed since the date of their change of status from Full (or Ordinary) membership, and who can give justification for how their attendance will benefit early-career delegates (for example, through mentoring) at the event.

Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Members who are presenting but are not resident in the UK or Ireland should apply to the Travel Grant scheme for support.  

Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members who wish to apply for childcare, caring or other similar costs. If ineligible for a Society Conference Grant, eligible members may apply separately for a caring cost grant through Mi Society.

What is covered by the grant?

Awards are made on the basis that funds are sought from as many avenues as are available to the applicants and therefore are intended as a contribution to the costs of attendance.

Set awards will be made, dependent on distance from conference venue, and membership category.

Annual Conference

Members living less than one hour from the Conference venue by public transport will receive up to £120 (Postgraduate Student Members) or £140 (Full Concessionary Members).

Members living more than one hour from the Conference venue by public transport will receive up to £233 (Postgraduate Student Members) or £240 (Full Concessionary Members).

Applicants who require support for childcare or caring costs may also apply for an additional sum of up to £500. If ineligible for Society Conference Grant support (i.e. if a Full Member or a member who is not presenting), members may apply separately for a caring cost grant through Mi Society.

Focused Meetings

Eligible members may apply for up to £300 to support their attendance at a Society Focused Meeting. Applicants who require support for childcare or caring costs may also apply for an additional sum of up to £500. If ineligible for Society Conference Grant support (i.e. if a Full Member or a member who is not presenting), members may apply separately for a caring cost grant through Mi Society.

Terms and conditions

Eligible members may apply for a grant to support attendance at one Society event per year. This may be the Annual Conference, a Focused Meeting or a training event. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Society and the decision is final.

The support of the Society shoul be acknowledged in any presentation. A logo will be supplied for this purpose. Grant recipients are required to complete the post-event evaluation survey.

Grant recipients who do not register or do not attend the proposed event will have their award withdrawn and if funds have been paid will be required to repay the excess funds. Recipients are advised to arrange appropriate insurance where applicable.

By accepting a grant, recipients give their approval for the Society to use this and related information in publicity and marketing communications.

Application process

Applications should be made online via Mi Society. All required supplementary material should be provided at the point of application. Full expected costs of attendance should be given in the appropriate part of the application.

Deadlines for applications for support to attend Society meetings:

  • ECM Forum Summer Conference – 14 May 2018
  • Emerging Zoonoses and AMR: A global threat – 27 May 2018
  • British Yeast Group: Embracing Variation – 24 May 2018
  • Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces 24 May 2018
  • Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses – 19 July 2018
  • 9th International Symposium On Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) – 19 July 2018
  • Microbiomes Underpinning Agriculture – 10 September 2018

Administration of awards

Grants payments will be made by bank transfer within one month of the offer being made using the details provided by members on their account. Errors in details provided may result in delayed payment of the award.

Grant recipients are responsible for their own conference registration, accommodation and travel bookings.