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Education and Outreach Grants

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.

Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to or by phone: +44 (0)20 7685 2698.

Applications for 2016 have now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 1 December 2016.

Information on the revised scheme for 2017 will be available from 1 November 2016. Please contact for further details.

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


Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

School Corporate or Representative Members of the Society, including any staff employed in these schools, should apply to the Microbiology in Schools Fund for support for microbiology teaching initiatives and events.

What is covered by the grant

Up to £1,000 will be awarded to contribute to the expenses of the proposed activity.

A variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology will be considered for support. These might include:

  • Talks, workshops, demonstrations, posters, leaflets, broadcasts, activities at science festivals and audio-visual or computer-based packages.
  • Activities that take place as part of a National Science and Engineering Week event at the applicant's place of work (but activities that are part of the programme of an open day to promote student recruitment are ineligible for funding).

Payments to helpers such as undergraduates who are giving up their free time to deliver the activity may be included in the costings in the application.

Applications relevant to the teaching of any aspect of microbiology in primary, secondary or tertiary (including postgraduate) education will be considered. Examples of education activities that might be funded include:

  • Provision of teaching materials (e.g. videos, slides, posters), the development of reliable, novel practical exercises, new approaches to teaching/learning familiar concepts (e.g. computer simulations or tutorials) or any other appropriate aspect. It is not intended that the Fund should subsidise normal departmental teaching practices; the Society wishes to encourage innovation.

Funds may be used for the purchase of consumable materials, but not capital equipment, or to provide payment to a student providing short-term assistance in the development of the activity (e.g. vacation employment of an undergraduate, or exceptionally a postgraduate after expiry of a studentship).

Terms and conditions

The activity to be supported must be microbiological.

Applicants can submit more than one application during the year, but no more than a total of £1,000 will be awarded to a single individual during a single calendar year.

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Society and the decision of the award panel is final.

The activity should take place within 12 months of an award being made.

A brief report must be provided within three months of completion of the project. For outreach activities this should include a copy of the results of the evaluation completed by the audience.

For awards made to support education development successful applicants will normally be required to make the results of their work available to Society members, within 18 months of the award being made. Physical materials, whether off-prints, videos, slides, computer programs, microbial strains or in other forms, should be readily available to Society members either free or on low-cost loan or purchase for a period of at least five years after termination of the project.

The Society would encourage commercial or other dissemination of the results of the project to a wider public. All Intellectual Property Rights, including copyright and design rights, in any materials produced as a result of the grant will be vested in the Society.

All claims must be substantiated by receipts or copies of invoices or other documents as appropriate.

Application process

Applications must be made on the appropriate form no more than 12 months in advance of the proposed activity.

Applicants must provide a detailed description of the proposed initiative, full costings and evidence of any collaborations or other sponsorship. Each application should also include a safety risk assessment and evidence of, or costing for, appropriate public liability insurance cover if the activity is to be held at a public venue. Payments to helpers such as undergraduates who are giving up their free time to deliver the activity may be included in the costings. Applicants should also indicate how they will evaluate the success of their event.

There will be two rounds of application per year. Closing dates 1 April and 1 October.

Awards are made by competition. Applications are reviewed by at least two referees and funding decisions are made by an Award panel based on the reports of the referees.

Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application within two months of the closing date. It is therefore expected that applications for the April and October rounds will be for activities taking place after 1 June and 1 December, respectively.

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