Sponsorship for events

Single lectures and small events

Sponsored Event Grants provide sponsorship of up to £500 to assist with the independent organisation of single lectures or small events such as postgraduate research days.

Our Sponsored Event grants are available to support both face-to-face and virtual meetings. We’ve previously funded travel bursaries for students and ECRs to attend, travel and accommodation for keynote speakers, consumables and worksheets, and more!

We particularly welcome applications for events that are cross-institutional and regional, and student-focused. All funding sought should be used to support the science and cannot be used to cover catering or venue costs. 

Please note that this fund does not support events for school students, which are covered under Scientific Outreach Grants.

Next deadline

1 August 2024 for events taking place after 1 September

To be eligible to apply: 

  • Applicants must be a current Postgraduate, Early Career, Full, or Emeritus member of the Biochemical Society. 
  • Your event should take place at least one month after the deadline. 
  • Applicants can only apply for one Sponsored Event Grant per calendar year.

Applications are assessed according to three main criteria: 

1. Intended audience

  • Who is the intended audience for this event?
  • How many attendees are you expecting?
  • What is the age range/career level of the audience?
  • Are you planning any specific sessions that you think will be particularly useful to students? 
  • What will the benefit of attending this event be for the audience?

2. Cross-institutional networking opportunities

  • Does the event support cross institution networking?
  • Have efforts been made to engage multiple institutions or groups?
  • Will this event benefit other institutions (rather than just the host)?
  • Is there a clear promotional strategy for engaging and attracting delegates from other institutions?

3. Financial need for support

  • A clear and detailed breakdown of costs should be included.
  • Details of existing funding available from your Institution or other organisations.
  • Why funds are being sought from the Society and why the level of support is being requested.
  • What the requested funds will be used for e.g., travel bursaries for students and ECRs to attend, travel and accommodation for keynote speakers, consumables, or worksheets.

As a condition of the grant, the Society asks the recipient to:

  • Badge the event, session, or speaker as ‘sponsored by the Biochemical Society’ 
  • Display Biochemical Society branded material, which will be provided 
  • Send a report for consideration for publication in The Biochemist and/or on the web, including photographs.

Applications are considered three times a year, the deadlines for which are: 

  • 1 January

  • 1 April

  • 1 August

Early applications are encouraged to allow for the review process to take place ahead of the start of the event.  

Please note we aim to send round the outcome of applications three to four weeks after the deadline of the round that has been applied to.

Hear from a Grants Committee member

Members of our Grants Committee took part in a Biochemistry Focus webinar titled 'How to apply for Biochemical Society grants'.

Hear from Dr Helen Mott, who discusses what to include in a Sponsored Event Grant application.

Contact us

For further information please get in touch with the Grants department.


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