THE COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS TRAVEL GRANT
The Company of Biologists travel grant is avalible for student and early career scientist SEB members. Eligable members can apply for up to £500 to support their participation in conferences, workshops, research trips and laboratory visits. It may also be used to pay for registration at virtual events and training courses.
The funding is very kindly provided by The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. The Company of Biologists facilitates scientific meetings, provides travel grants and support research societies.
Decisions on travel grant applications are made four times a year on the last day of March, June, September and December.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide the three documents in PDF format, two reference letters (one will need to be from your supervisor), and a letter from your university administration or head of department confirming your student or early career scientist status.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for The Company of Biologists travel grant:
• you must be a student or early career scientist member of SEB
• you must be in the second consecutive year of membership or pay for a multi-year membership when joining, if you qualify for it
• you must not have received funding from the Company of Biologists in the past 12 months
• your research needs to be within SEB's remit. This is restricted to the subject areas that are covered by our activities (animal, plant and cell biology). Research directly related to medicine is precluded as it is better funded than most biological disciplines.
• your travel/ activity date must occur at least 1 month after the application deadline for the quarter
• the maximum funding award is £250 for travel within home country and £500 for overseas travel
• the maximum funding award for attending virtual conferences and training is £250
• applications from scientists who are presenting at a conference or meeting are looked on more favourably than those who are not presenting
• if demand outstrips supply, priority will be given to applicants from low and middle income countries as specified by the world bank and applicants who are incurring travel costs.
This year, the SEB has provided £40,000 of funding for SEB student and early career scientist members who are presenting a poster or talk at the SEB Annual Conference. Student and early career members can apply for up to £800 to support their travel to this flagship event that brings together biologists from across the globe to make connections and share their research. The conference takes place each year in the first week of July.
"The travel grant allowed me to take part in the SEB Conference and present a poster, to get acquainted with a large number of foreign scientists and to establish useful contacts."
To be eligible for a travel grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must be a current student or early career SEB member.
- Applicant must be in the second consecutive year of SEB membership or if you are a new member you must hold a multi-year membership*
- Applicant must a first author presenting an accepted poster or talk at the conference.
- Applicant must not have been awarded an SEB conference travel grant to attend last years SEB Annual Conference.
- Applicant must not have recieved funding from the Company of Biologists Grant to attend the upcoming SEB Annual Conference.
- Applicant must have registered and paid to attend the conference.
* new student members are only eligible to apply for multi-year year student membership (i.e. Student 3 years or Student 5 years) if their program of study is not due to finish before the end of the membership period to which they are applying.
Please contact the SEB Membership Team if you need to update your membership category or subscription type before you apply for a grant.
2023 marks 100 years of the SEB. As part of our centenary celebrations, the SEB is providing up to £240 additional funding to successful applicants of the SEB Travel Grant 2023 if their travel costs significantly exceed their travel grant allocation.
The SEB travel grant is designed to help students and early career researchers attend the Centenary Conference with a financial contribution towards travel and accommodation. Although this contribution was never intended to cover the full costs of travel, we are aware that travel costs (particularly flights) post-covid and in the middle of this cost of living crisis have dramatically increased from previous years. As such, the SEB “top-up fund” is for successful applicants of the SEB travel fund, whose costs significantly exceed the monetary value of the SEB Travel Grant they were awarded.
In this instance, we are defining "significantly exceed" as travel costs coming to more than twice that of the travel grant funding. For example, if your cheapest flight and hotel options totalled £1600, and you were successful in receiving £800 for the SEB Travel Grant, you could apply for some additional financial aid via the “top-up fund”. Applications for the top-up fund will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be scored on a judging system devised to prioritise attendees with reduced income, from low-income countries, or who have no access to other funding.
What can I apply for?
SEB will award a maximum of 30% additional funding to bridge the gap between the grant and the travel costs. This will not exceed £240.
In our example, this means that if your travel costs were £1600, and you were awarded a SEB Travel Grant of £800, you could get a maximum of an additional £240 in our top-up fund. This would make the total funding from the SEB, £1040.
Outreach and Diversity Grants
The Outreach and Engagement Grant provides funding to support outreach events and activities that will contribute to the public understanding of science and promote engagement with all forms of experimental biology to a variety of public audiences. SEB members can apply for grants of up to the value of £1000 and non-members can apply for grants of up to the value of £200 to cover the costs associated with holding or participating in an outreach event or activity.
There are two application deadlines per year: 1 June and 1 October.
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. SEB members can apply for funding of up to £1000 to cover costs associated with any activity or initiative that aims to improve diversity and increase 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 the 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.
The SEB promotes inclusion at all levels by focusing on removing barriers to accessing the Society. To support our members during challenging times in their career, the SEB Hardship Fund provides a reduced or full fee waiver for one year of membership to support our members who are experiencing periods of financial hardship by allowing them to continue to access the career development resources and research network provided by the SEB.
We also accept applications from reserachers and students who are not currently members of the SEB from war-torn countries who therefore may experience significant barriers to their career.
A total of £5000 a year is available for this purpose.
Applications are welcome throughout the year.
Funding for Events and Meetings
If you are organising a scientific meeting independently or in collaboration with other organisations, SEB members can apply for sponsorship from us to help with the cost of the meeting. You can apply for up to £1,000 per meeting, and the total available each year is £5,000.
SEB members can apply for up to £200 to cover expenses for an external lecture speaker.
We can sponsor PhD events in biological departments around the world. You can apply for up to £100 towards the expenses of organising the event, for example, the cost of refreshments.