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All grants & prizes

The Microbiology Society is a not-for-profit organisation. Funds received though our publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology 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.

The Society also awards a range of prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in microbiology.

All available grants and prizes are listed below. You can select a category that you are interested in from the tabs above or use the filter to choose the category that is most applicable to you.

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 or by contacting our Grants Office. All applications should be submitted to the Grants Office unless otherwise stated.


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  1. Career Conference Grants

    These grants offer Undergraduate Student Members a contribution towards the cost of travel to the Royal Society of Biology Bioscience Careers Festival.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fleming Prize Lecture

    Awarded annually to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record within 12 years of being awarded their PhD. Years may be added to this total in respect to substantive reasons, which could include maternity/paternity leave, long-term sickness, or similar reasons.

  5. Fred Griffith Prize Lecture

    The Fred Griffith Prize, awarded biennially for a long and distinguished service in any area of microbiology, has been retired and will no longer be awarded.

  6. Harry Smith Vacation Studentships

    The Society offers a limited number of awards to enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Applications must be made by the project supervisor on behalf of a named student.

  7. Hayes – Burnet Award and Heatley – Payne Award

    This grant has now been discontinued from 1 November 2016.

  8. Inclusion Grants

    This grant has now been discontinued from 1 November 2016.

  9. International Development Fund

    The Society aims to assist microbiologists in countries with low-income or lower-middle-income economies (as defined by the World Bank) through the International Development Fund.

  10. Local Microbiology Event Sponsorship

    This grant has now been discontinued from 1 November 2016.

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