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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. Nominations for the 2017 Prize Lectures and 2018 Prize Medal are now open; rules and eligibility, and nomination forms for each prize, are available on each of the Prize Lectures page. Please send nominations through to appointments@microbiologysociety.org no later than 31 July 2016.

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 chose 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. Education and Outreach Grants

    The Society offers grants to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Hayes – Burnet Award and Heatley – Payne Award

    These awards provide funds to support the reciprocal exchange of one postdoctoral society member to present their research at the other society’s annual main conference and to visit an institution in that country.

  7. Inclusion Grants

    To support members who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend one Society meeting per year (including the Annual Conference, Irish Division Meeting and Focused Meetings), but whose attendance would benefit their professional development. These grants are not intended to cover the cost of registration for the meeting.

  8. 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.

  9. Local Microbiology Event Sponsorship

    The Society provides small grants to contribute to the costs of events organised by student societies, groups of students or postdoctoral researchers.

  10. Marjory Stephenson Prize Lecture

    Awarded annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the discipline of microbiology.

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