Grants and Bursaries

Diversity in Science Grants

The Biochemical Society’s Diversity in Science Grants scheme provides grants of up to £1,000 to individuals, groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations.

Help create and support a representative scientific community with our Diversity in Science Grants!

These grants are available to any individual or group with a project that will support and address issues relating to inclusion and diversity in science. You do not need to be a member of the Biochemical Society to apply and you don’t need to be based in the UK. We welcome applications for projects that take place in any country.

This year we are particularly interested to receive applications that address one or more of the areas identified as priorities by our community in our 2023 survey:

  • Neurodivergence in the workplace and improving access for those with disabilities.
  • Supporting women in biochemistry and those with caring responsibilities.
  • Communicating EDI data metrics for the biochemical community.
  • Representation and diversity at conferences, events and on editorial boards.
  • Recognition and promotion of the visibility of minority scientists.

Previous recipients of any of our grants are welcome to apply for funding from this scheme.

Next deadline

Applications for 2024 have now closed and will reopen in Spring 2025.

To be eligible to apply: 

  • The project must support and address issues relating to inclusion and diversity in science.
  • This grant is open to all - you do not need to be a Biochemical Society member to apply.
  • These grants are open to applicants from any country.

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of issues and challenges pertaining to diversity in science.
  • An awareness of channels and networks which address diversity in science, through which any achievements arising from the grant may be disseminated.
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed approach in addressing issues and challenges relating to diversity in science.
  • Plans for evaluating the potential impact of the project.
  • Proven research capability and experience, if the grant is to be used to fund a research project.
  • A defined time-period for the activity (for grants awarded in 2024, it is expected that the project will be completed by 28 February 2025).
  • Evidence of additional/future funding to ensure project sustainability if catalytic funding is being sought.

The reviewers will take into account the originality and relevance of the project, as well as evidence of the potential impact. 

Applications are considered once a year. This scheme is now accepting applications with a deadline of 10 June 2024.  

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

What the Biochemical Society will fund

  • We welcome applications from any area of science, with funding available for projects that will be completed by 28 February 2025.
  • Applications are open to individuals, groups and charities from any country and irrespective of Society membership status. 

What the Biochemical Society will not fund

  • Multiple projects from the same lead applicant.
  • Projects duplicating existing research for which new research would not add value or insight.
  • Any expenses incurred before receipt of an offer letter.
  • Projects where the only costs are travel and/or refreshments.
  • Applications from commercial (for profit) organisations.
  • The Recipient must acknowledge the Biochemical Society grant by email within a week of receiving the offer email, otherwise the offer may be withdrawn.
  • The Biochemical Society logo will be provided by the Biochemical Society and must be displayed on all published material which arises from the grant project, either online or in print. At any event(s) which take place as a result of funding, the recipient must ensure any marketing materials provided by the Biochemical Society are displayed at all times.
  • The Biochemical Society cannot be held responsible for any of the Recipient’s debts or liabilities.
  • The Recipient is responsible for obtaining their own financial and legal advice. 
  • The Recipient must act in accordance with government legislation and is responsible for obtaining any licenses, permissions and insurances that are necessary by law.
  • In the case of original research being produced as a result of the Biochemical Society Diversity in Science grant scheme, the Biochemical Society must be acknowledged as the funder of this research in all publications. The intellectual property of the work will remain with the individual(s), groups, charities or businesses by whom it was carried out.

Hear from a Committee member

Members of our Reviewing Panels took part in a Biochemistry Focus webinar titled 'How to apply for Biochemical Society grants: Education, Research and Outreach'.

Hear from Dr Gavin McStay, who discusses what to include in a Diversity in Science Grant application.

Contact us

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

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Previous grant recipients

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