Grants and Funding


The SEB has a continued commitment to ensure equality, inclusion, and diversity in all our activities and encourage our members to make a similar commitment. The Diversity Grant provides funding to help tackle barriers to inclusion and support initiatives that promote diversity in academia and science. 

The purpose of this grant is to help create and support a representative community in experimental biology research. 

Members can apply for funding of up to £1000 to cover costs associated with improving diversity and increasing inclusivity in academia and research, specifically within the field of experimental biology. This may include but is not limited to:  

  • Making your workplace a more inclusive environment for example through the creation of good practice toolkits or holding a diversity training session
  • Improving inclusivity at research events you have organised for example, providing financial aid to underrepresented groups or improving accessibility of facilities
  • Improving Diversity in your field for example through the creation or support of a mentoring scheme 
  • Increasing awareness of the contributions of underrepresented groups in experimental biology for example organising hackathons, giveaways, and promotional events. 


Applications are welcome throughout the year.   
Please allow a period of two months between submitting the application and the event taking place. 
We aim to inform you of the outcome of your application within one month of applying.


  • Diversity Grants are available to all SEB members who have held their membership for a minimum of 1 year. 
  • Applicants may only apply for 1 Diversity Grant per year. 
  • The SEB welcomes applications for creative and innovative initiatives, but all applications must demonstrate a considered proposal for the improvement of diversity in experimental biology. 
  • For workplace initiatives applicants must provide a letter from management/ employer (i.e. Head of Department) stating their support for implementing the proposed initiatives 
  • If applicants receive less than 5 points on three or more of the judging criteria the project would automatically be rejected
  • If an application is rejected, applicants may reapply provided there is significant improvement to their application and the concerns of the judges have been addressed. If rejected a second time, applicants may not submit proposals for the same initiative/activity.
  • Funding is not provided retrospectively. 

How to Apply

To apply please complete the application form and submit this together with any supporting documentation to 

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  • Successful applicants must acknowledge the SEB at any events and in all promotional materials (for example by displaying the SEB logo). SEB marketing materials may be requested for this purpose.
  • Successful applicants must submit a report within 6 months of receiving funding, providing and update of the progress and an evaluation of current and long-term impact. This may be used for the purpose of promoting the grant or writing an article for the SEB magazine and/or website. 
  • Grants need to be claimed within 3 months of being notified of the outcome of your application.

Judging Criteria 

Applications will be given a score out of ten, with 1 being not at all and 10 being extremely well for each of the following five assessment criteria:

1. Background. Does the applicant demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the current barriers to diversity in experimental biology research/careers? Have they provided any supporting evidence or references for this? Have they got any previous experience is addressing this issue (i.e. previously carried out surveys to assess the scope of the issue)? 

2. Impact. How will the applicant evaluate any potential impact of the initiative? What is the expected long-term and short-term impact of this event?  

3. Dissemination. Can the proposed initiative be shared or replicated by other SEB members? Has the applicant demonstrated an awareness of the channels and networks which address diversity in bioscience, through which any achievements arising from the grant may be disseminated.

4. Relevance. Is there a clear centring on increasing inclusion and diversity in the experimental biology community? Does the initiative demonstrate originality in addressing the issues relating to diversity in experimental biology? Is there a clearly defined target audience? 

5. Realistic. Has the applicant provided a defined timeframe and clear budget for the proposal? Has the applicant shown that the requested funding will make a significant difference to their ability to deliver the project?