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Grants & Prizes

Providing funding to benefit the field of microbiology

The Microbiology Society is a not-for-profit organisation. Funds received though our publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology and microbiologists in accordance with our Aims & Objectives. As such, the Society has funds at its disposal from which it makes grants to members for specific purposes.

Enquiries should be made in writing to if you would like funding for microbiology activities or conferences. Please consult the full rules and check your eligibility before applying for a grant. Details and application forms may be obtained by clicking on the appropriate grant.

The Society also awards a range of prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in microbiology. Rules and eligibility for each prize are available on the Prize Lectures page.

Travel & Research Grants

The Society offers grant schemes to support members to communicate their science at conferences, develop collaborations and experience research in different environments.

Events Grants

The Society offers funds to support members organising scientific meetings or other local events of relevance to microbiologists.

Education & Outreach Grants & Prizes

We offer grants to support microbiology teaching initiatives, events and prizes to encourage excellence in the study of microbiology by undergraduate students. Funds are also available for members keen to run and participate in microbiology-related outreach activities.

International Grants

We provide funds to support microbiologists and develop microbiology, teaching and research in countries defined as low-income or lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank.

Career Grants

We can provide small grants to support attendance at specific careers events, to enable our student members to make informed choices about their next career step.

Prize Lectures

The Society awards a range of prizes in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology.

Grants FAQs

Have a question about Grants? See if your query is answered in these Grants FAQs.

David Baulcombe

The 2015 Microbiology Society Prize Medal was awarded to Sir David Baulcombe

Sir David Baulcombe was a co-discoverer of the first 'small interfering RNA' (siRNA) in plants, the research of which has lead to huge advances in the field of medicine. As such, he is considered a global leader in his field and has been awarded the Prize Medal for the impact of his work. He delivered his talk entitled The small RNA link in antiviral defence and epigenetics on Tuesday 31 March at the Annual Conference in Birmingham.

Careers website

Thinking about your career?

On our Careers website, you will find information and resources for microbiologists at all stages of their careers and job profiles from those in both research and non-research roles.

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