Grants and Bursaries

Care and Assistance Grants

Care and Assistance Grants make it easier for members to remain engaged with the scientific community through our events programme. 

The Biochemical Society is committed to supporting all our members in the continuation of their professional development. 

We recognise that care needs and requirements can vary from individual to individual. Care and Assistance Grants are available to members of the Biochemical Society who require support with additional care costs associated with their participation in a Biochemical Society event or course.

Examples of additional support costs can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Additional care, medical, or respite costs for someone you usually care for, incurred whilst you are participating in the event.
  • Costs of a carer/companion/requirements to support your attendance at a Society event e.g., companion travel and accommodation, childcare support, additional night's accommodation to overcome travel or organization issues.
  • Production of accessibility materials.

You will be required to give a full breakdown of costs as part of the application process. Please note that limited funds are available per event, and whilst the Society will endeavour to support successful applicants to the amount required, the Society may not be able to provide full support for the costs of your attendance. 

How to Apply

Eligible members can apply during the event registration process.

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Hear from a grant recipient

Check out the latest Biochemist article from George Neville, who received a Care and Assistance Grant to attend European SMALP

Dyspraxia & why I can't eat spaghetti

We understand that the individual needs and requirements vary greatly for our members, therefore each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. However, applications should meet the below criteria: 

  • Applicants must be a current Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Early Career, Full, Emeritus, or Associate member of the Biochemical Society. 
  • Applicants must complete a personal statement highlighting the relevance of attending the event for their ongoing professional development. 
  • Applicants must provide details of additional support costs which can include, but are not limited to, additional care responsibilities for a dependant while you are participating in the event, a carer/companion to support your participation in the event, additional travel and accommodation costs associated with the above. 

If you are not a member, join today or as part of your event registration.

For Society scientific meetings, training events, and online meetings, members must have completed the registration and bursary application by either: 

  • The event early registration deadline 
  • One month prior to the start date of the event (if there is no early registration deadline) 
  • The online course start date 

How to complete an application

Available to members during the event registration process, this short video guides you through the application form and discusses what information we're looking for to help improve your chances of receiving funding.

Contact us

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