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Grants & Prizes

We support microbiology-related education activities, and funds are available to support School and Individual Members keen to run and participate in these activities.

From a working microbiologist visiting your school, to running a microbiology activity in a school science club, to developing a new teaching or assessment methodology to communicating the results of pedagogic research at an education meeting, we have funding opportunities to help you.

Educators involved in university teaching or education of the general public, school pupils or professional groups may also be eligible for consideration for the Peter Wildy Prize Lecture. Enquires about these schemes should be made in writing to the Grants Officer (

The Society supports outreach activities focusing on microbiology, and funds are available for members keen to run and participate in these activities via our Education and Outreach Grants. Members who have been engaged in these activities for more than two years may be eligible to be nominated for the Microbiology Outreach Prize. Enquiries about these schemes should be made in writing to the Grants Team.

Note: Staff employed in schools that are currently School Corporate Members of the Society should apply to the Microbiology in Schools Fund.

Applications should be submitted by email (,or by post to the Grants Office, Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU.

For email submissions, please give the grant name in the subject line.

  1. Microbiology in Schools Fund

    This grant has now been discontinued from 1 November 2016.

  2. 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.

  3. Microbiology Outreach Prize

    The Prize is awarded by the Professional Development Committee to a microbiologist who has engaged in high-quality outreach activities during the last 2–5 years.

  4. 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.

  5. Microbiology in Society Award

    Awards of up to £5,000 for organising any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology are available to Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members.

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