Society-Supported Conference Grants

Awards of up to £2,000 are available to members who wish to organise a conference in any field of microbiology, either independently or in partnership with another Society.

Download the application form and terms and conditions below:

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

Upcoming deadlines

For meetings taking place in 2021

Round 1: 8 June 2020 (notification date: 10 August 2020)
Round 2: 14 December 2020 (notification date: 8 February 2021)


Current paid-up Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student members who have held membership for a minimum period of one year (two consecutive membership subscription payments).

What is covered by the grant?

Funds may be used towards funding the costs of invited speakers’ travel and accommodation.

For virtual events, funds may be used to cover delegate fees for an invited speaker only.

Application process

In order to apply, please submit the completed application form to [email protected] in advance of the conference or meeting. Applicants are advised to submit their application at least six months prior to the conference date.

Applications are reviewed by the members of the Scientific Conferences Committee (SCC). Please read the terms and conditions, which can be found at the top of this page, carefully before submitting your application.

If you have successfully been awarded funds prior to September 2020, please contact [email protected] for any queries.

Conditions of the grant

If a grant is awarded, the organisers will be required to:

  • acknowledge the financial support of the Society in all subsequent publicity, conference programmes and in any resulting publications
  • include printed materials, supplied by the Society, such as information on Society publications or upcoming conferences in the delegates' packs or to display them for the whole duration of the conference
  • display the Society's logo on the conference website in line with the Society branding guidelines
  • clearly badge speakers funded by the Society as such, within but not limited to the following: programme book, abstract book, website and opening slide of a funded speaker's presentation
  • display the Society's slide on rotating holding screens
  • submit the evaluation form, together with expenses claim form, within one month after the meeting

Enquiries about new applications this scheme should be made by email to [email protected]. Enquiries about existing awards should be made by email to [email protected]