Research Visit Grants

The Society offers grants of up to £3,000 to support members who are planning a short (one- to three-month) research visit to another laboratory. This scheme supports innovative projects within established collaborations and the development of new collaborative initiatives.

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

Applications are currently closed. Applicants to the 1 October deadline will be notified of the outcome by 30 November 2017.

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


Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members of the Society who have made a minimum of two consecutive membership subscription payments and who have not received a grant from this scheme in the previous calendar year.

Applications will be considered from members from these categories who are registered for a PhD or are PhD qualified and employed in a postdoctoral research position in a university, hospital or research institute worldwide. Full or Full Concessionary Members who are within five years of appointment to their first post as a lecturer in UK and Republic of Ireland are also eligible to apply.

What is covered by the grant?

Awards of up to £3,000 are available for making research visits of up to three month's duration (minimum length four weeks) to carry out a defined piece of work. Support is available for eligible UK and Republic of Ireland members to visit any other laboratory worldwide. Eligible individuals outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland may apply for support to undertake a visit to a research laboratory in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Funds may be used to contribute to travel, accommodation and subsistence costs in making the visit, or towards the costs of project consumables.

Terms and conditions

Retrospective applications will not be considered.

The activity to be supported must be microbiological.

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Society and the decision of the Award Panel is final.

Awards are made for the work described in the application. Funds cannot be used for any other purpose or in another location without the prior consent of the Grants Office. Projects must commence within 12 months of the award being made. Any proposed changes to awarded projects (including postponement) must be communicated to the Grants Office as soon as possible.

Grant recipients will normally be expected to continue receiving a salary / student stipend from their home institution or other source.

Grant recipients are expected to have adequate insurance and are responsible for arranging this.

A brief report must be provided within three months of completion of the visit.

The support of the Society should be acknowledged in any publications arising from the work undertaken during the visit. The support of the Society should also be acknowledged in any presentation during the project or presentation of data after the project. A logo will be supplied for this purpose.

Applicants who receive support from other sources that meets their costs in part or in full are required to inform the Grants Office of the amount(s) as soon as possible. If a Society award has already been paid, then the amount in excess of the stated required sum must be returned.

All claims must be made on the form provided with the offer letter and substantiated by receipts or copies of invoices or other documents as appropriate.

By accepting a grant, recipients give their approval for the Society to use this and related information in publicity and marketing communications.

Application process

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

Applications must be made on the form available on this page and submitted, along with all required supporting material, to the appropriate deadline at least two months before the anticipated project start date. Applications should be submitted by email, giving the grant name in the subject line.

Awards are made by competition. Applications are reviewed by at least two referees and funding decisions are made by an Award Panel comprised of members of the Professional Development Committee, and are 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.

Administration of awards

The awarded funds can be paid in up to three stages according to reasonable requirements. The Grants Office will provide further information when an award is made. Funds are paid by bank transfer and payment will reach the nominated account within one month of a claim.