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Grant Writing

Travel Grants
Wednesday 16th April 2008

Dr Gwen Averley
Research Funding Development Manager (RFDM)
0191 222 7460


 Types of travel grants available
 Things to consider
 Criteria of assessment
 Worthwhile experience
 How to find travel grant calls
 Examples of grant calls

Types of Travel Grant

 To present at a conference in the UK or overseas
 To learn a technique in the UK or overseas
 To visit another lab in the UK or overseas

. Things to consider (1)  What might you have to supply?  References / Letters of Support from Head of School / Supervisor / Supervisor of the host lab – you may be asked to draft these letters  The abstract / research to be presented at the meeting  Description  of your research project  Planned training or course  Planned work in the host laboratory and reasons for wishing to work with this particular group  CV  Publications  Copies of qualification certificates  Costs of travel. etc. conference. and proof of expenditure  Submit final report .

Things to consider (2)  Check the deadline for application in relation to the conference date  Sometimes only one person per laboratory may apply  This may be the start of a long-term relationship with this funder  Remember to acknowledge the funder on any poster or presentation .

g. financial responsibility and measurable outcomes . seminar invites.. combining attendance at conference with a visit to a lab or potential collaborator  e.g. publications  The benefit of the travel to the applicant  development of research  career progression  opportunities for collaboration  networking  Value for money  e. etc. The Judging Criteria of Travel Awarding Funders  The Funder / Society’s priorities  Scientific quality  Originality of current and planned research  Importance and timeliness of the research  The importance / relevance of the meeting to the applicant’s field of research  Scientific standard of the home and prospective host labs  The potential of the applicant  Candidate’s achievements to date  measures of “esteem” – prizes. sought contribution towards costs from other sources  Evidence of good planning.

med. Dr. Karsten Weller . from my stay in Stanford. My experience in this laboratory has confirmed my intention of remaining in science. both personally and scientifically. Quote 1 From Mainz to Stanford I profited considerably. I found it very impressive to work in such a first class and ambitious group.

I found it also very encouraging that 80% of my laboratory colleagues at Harvard Medical School had young children and that the women were still working with the help of their partners and private day-carers. Quote 2 From Hannover to Boston I highly recommend this kind of laboratory visit to everyone during their PhD project. but also made my decision to do a postdoc outside Germany easier. Imke Schulte . It is not simply beneficial for the project and a new experience. Having a family and working at the same time was deemed perfectly normal and socially acceptable.

I would not have liked to miss it! Anne Jansen . I also expanded my personal skills . Quote 3 From Jena to Kentucky I am very glad to have been given that unique opportunity! In the host laboratory. to come up with and consider hypotheses and to research information by myself. intercultural team was very important to me. I thus learned a lot more than laboratory techniques.and the experience of living in another country and working in an international. I was expected to plan my experiments.

my social and interactive skills. I gained insight and experience in planning further steps in ongoing projects and in establishing a new project. This stay abroad also gave me a different perspective on the situation in Europe and increased my personal confidence. Jörn Tongers . Besides the science related to my project. Quote 4 From Hannover to New York It was very important to me to be forced to speak scientific and medical English at such an early stage of my career.

the training prepared me for a potential postdoctoral training in an English-speaking country. Daniela Kosmides . Quote 5 From Erlangen to Glasgow This visit provided me with the opportunity of forging links with internationally renowned scientists important to my future professional career. Furthermore.

Nikolaus Steinbeis on the Helsinki Winter School of Neuroscience . I have progressed vastly in my own thinking and have benefited from the close personal bonds that I was able to forge with teachers and students alike. The input was enormous and I was exhausted after the ten days. Quote 6 From Leipzig to Helsinki This experience was incredibly valuable and I realized the importance of Academic Schools for hands-on training and enabling direct exchange of ideas which is indispensable. but it was worth every minute. .org. Grant alert websites 1: http://www.

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Sample travel grant calls  In alphabetical order of funder …  Arthritis Research Campaign  Biochemical Society  Boehringer Ingelheim GmbJ  Brain  British Association for Cancer Research  British Infection Society  European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID  European Association of Experimental Social Psychology )  Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)  Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness  Genetics Society  Nutrition Society  Physiological Society  Royal Society  Society for Experimental Biology  Society for General Microbiology .

org. Arthritis Research Campaign Travel Support http://www. with abstract of work to be presented  can be for meetings up to 2 years after the termination of the grant .arc-research.asp  current or recent grant holders can apply for travel awards for research staff employed on the grant or working in their laboratory to attend national/international scientific meetings to present arc-supported work  £500 pa for PhD studentships  submit at least one month before

Biochemical Society General Travel https://www.biochemistry. exceptionally awards made to postgrads in third year  Must have been a member for at least one year  Not eligible if awarded a travel grant within last 2 years  Usually for a proportion (25-40%) of the projected costs  Up to £500. exceptionally £750  Only one application from the same lab/department to the same meeting .htm  To attend society meetings  For short visits to other labs  Priority to young

de/cgi-bin/show. circa 4 weeks  NOT for conferences. courses arranged by companies. and non-European citizens to work in Europe  PhD students under 31 years. graduates not yet started PhD  Grants for short-term visits up to 3 months  To learn clearly-defined methods for you or your research lab by visiting another lab or by attending research-orientated courses  To enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors BEFORE embarking on a PhD thesis – short workshops. Boehringer Ingelheim GmbJ Travel Allowances http://www. applied research  Final report about 2 months after return home . postdocs under 33 years.bifonds.html  For junior researchers pursuing experimental projects in basic biomedical research  For European citizens working in Europe and overseas.

with not more than one award in any 12 month period  Up to £400-£800 depending on destination  Unlikely to meet whole costs and encourage applicants to seek part funding from other sources  Letter of invitation from host lab or copy of submitted abstract  Apply at least 2 months before planned date of departure  Submit a short report within three months of the meeting/visit countersigned by their sponsor .uk/Grants%20and%20Announcements. under 40 years  Based in the UK  To attend and present original work at scientific meetings  Research visits to labs or clinical departments  A maximum of 3 separate awards available to each applicant.brain.html  For clinical and non-clinical neuroscientists. Brain Travel Grants

but encourage applicant to seek additional awards or support from their home institution  Submit written report of their travel/meeting after their return that may be published in the Association’s newsletter  Preference to those who have not recently received funding from EACR  Up to maximum £800. British Association for Cancer Research Meeting Bursaries http://www.asp  Applicants should have been a member/member-elect for one year  Preference given to those who combine the attendance at the meeting with a visit to a lab. a meeting with a collaborator.

ICAAC. IDSA. and ECCMI where abstract already accepted  Up to £500 claimed in arrears  Supply letter of acceptance. abstract and 2-page CV .org/research/funding/grants. British Infection Society Travel Awards http://www.aspx#BTA  For UK and Ireland-based clinical and non-clinical trainees in infection or infection-related specialties  For travel to major national or international meetings. name of conference.britishinfectionsociety. ASM. in particular.

conferences or summer schools (co)sponsored by EAESP  For postgrads and postdocs (within 36 months of completing PhD)  Maximum of one bursary as a postgrad and one as a postdoc  Academic and financial need – preference for countries/departments which have limited access to travel funds and whose infrastructure or training facilities are less well developed than elsewhere  Up to £800  Report on short visit (not required for meetings and conferences) within 3 months of return .org/activities/own/grants.htm#postgraduate  Short visits of postgrads or postdocs to departments elsewhere in the world to conduct new research. or undergo training in a particular methodology or technology  Participation of postgrads and postdocs in meetings.eaesp. European Association of Experimental Social Psychology Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Travel Grants http://www. complete ongoing projects.

university or hospital  Up to 600 EUR or 1.000 EUR (  European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases  ESCMID Travel Grants for Training in Foreign Institutions  For young graduate European scientists or physicians (under 41 years) working in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases for short term training in a foreign lab. ESCMID Travel Grants for Training in Foreign Institutions http://www.aspx?par=4.escmid. trainees in clinical microbiology and/or infectious diseases) to attend an ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course – free tuition and/or travel grants . outside Europe)  Attendance Grants for ESCMID Postgraduate Education Courses  For young European scientists (under 41 years.

The Meeting organisers to select the YSMG grantees based on criteria defined by the meeting  Grantee must be  Member of FEMS or recommended by a member  Under 36 years at the close of the meeting  A working microbiologist  Presenting author of the abstract  Minimum 250 EUR. 40% for invited speakers).asp  FEMS Meeting Grant awarded to conference organisers.fems-microbiology. maximum 600 EUR. plus a waiver of a percentage of the registration fees .org/website/nl/page19. Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Young Scientist Meeting Grant (YSMG) http://www. this is a bursary scheme for young scientists (60% of the fund for young scientists.

org.shifoundation. Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness http://www.html  Up to £750  Registered part-time or full-time for a masters or PhD in a UK university  Do not have to be a UK or EU citizen  Conference should be appropriate for a medical sociology paper  Applicant should (co)/present the paper  Must supply documentary evidence of acceptance when applying for reimbursement .uk/travel.  For postgrads and postdocs (within two years of viva) who have been members for at least one year  Up to £300 to attend conferences in the area of genetics that are not sponsored by the Genetics Society  Maximum of one grant every 3 years to a junior scientist  May be asked to write a short report for the Society newsletter .org. Genetics Society Travel Grants for Junior Scientists http://www.

Nutrition Society Travel Grants http://www. £125 for UK meeting over a 3 year period  May take either the full amount for one meeting or only part of it and keep a sum in reserve for another meeting within the 3 year period  Must supply proof of attendance at the meeting  Must have been a full member of the Society for at least 2 years. with 2 years of student membership counting as one .org/index.nutritionsociety.php  To attend meeting in the UK and overseas  £350 for overseas meeting.

asp?category=348  Up to £600 for ordinary Physiological Society Travel Grants http://www. up to £400 for Affiliates  To attend and present at a scientific conference  To visit another lab for collaborative research or to acquire/teach new techniques  To attend a practical workshop or training course  Must not have received travel grant funding within the last 12 months  Affiliate’s first application must be to attend an event sponsored by the Society .physoc.

must hold a permanent or fixed term contract in an eligible organisation  To present or chair a session at an overseas conference  For all countries outside the UK  Funding available for a maximum of 10 days.asp?id=2348  Open to postdoctoral level or above in the UK. registration and Royal Society Conference Grants http://royalsociety. The Royal Society does not cover social sciences or clinical medical research  Can submit one application per round and can only receive one grant from this scheme within any calendar year  Cannot hold a short visit award over the same period . and childcare if appropriate  Must be on a subject within the natural sciences. covers international airfares.

explore opportunities to build lasting networks and gain access to complementary equipment. Royal Society Short Visits from the UK local travel costs and subsistence costs only  Must be planning a collaborative visit with a named scientist who will be hosting the visit  Is for only one visit (use Joint Project scheme for multiple visits)  Must be on a subject within the natural sciences. observations and ideas  Open to postdoctoral level or above in the UK  Outgoing short visits available for all countries except the USA  Funding for up to a maximum of 12 weeks and covers international airfares. The Royal Society does not cover social sciences or clinical medical research  Both scientists must have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level . data.asp?id=2118  To support new and on-going international collaborations  To initiate one-to-one collaborations.

org/membership/Grants. Society for Experimental Biology Company of Biologists Travel Grants http://www. for overseas £500  Only one person per laboratory may apply for an overseas visit  Will not fund applications made retrospectively .sebiology.html  To support biologists to attend a conference or gain research experience in the UK or abroad  Must be a member of the Society for Experimental Biology  Must be a postgrad or postdoc (up to 3 years post PhD)  Maximum for home country £250.

cfm  For SGM postgraduate student members to attend one Society meeting each year  For full-time postgraduate students (PhD or Masters) who are paid-up Postgraduate Student Associate Members of SGM  Must reside in a European Union country  No retrospective claims will be accepted .ac. Society for General Microbiology Postgraduate Student Meetings

cfm  To support early career microbiologists to present work at scientific meetings in the UK and overseas  Must be paid up member of SGM of at least 3 months  Must be registered for a PhD in the Society for General Microbiology Scientific Meetings Travel Grants http://www. £500 for travel outside Europe  This is not for attendance at SGM meetings (another funding stream for this for postgrads) . a university lecturer within 3 years of appointment to their first post in the UK or Eire  Grants may also be used to suport attendance on a short course (less than 3 weeks)  Not eligible if received SGM travel grant in last 12 months  Grants are not intended to cover the full costs  Up to £200 for home country. or a graduate scientist within 3 years of first appointment to a microbiological post in the UK or Eire. £350 to another European country. or within 3 years of first postdoc position in the

Newcastle University Graduate School Travel Fund  The Graduate School will fund up to £300 travel once in the period of postgraduate study. competitively awarded  It may be best to “save” this up. prestigious meeting overseas . as matching funding to leverage a travel application elsewhere to attend an expensive.