We understand that the ongoing pandemic is causing continued disruption for the biological community, particularly in terms of travel and events. To maintain our support, we have extended a number of our grants to cover virtual events. Further information is available on each specific grants page.
Should you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.
About our grants
As a not-for-profit publisher, The Company of Biologists uses its surplus income for the benefit of biology and the biological community. Our grants support and encourage the sharing of knowledge throughout the community by facilitating international collaboration, event attendance and the organisation of scientific meetings, conferences and workshops.
Apply for financial support to organise an in-person or virtual meeting, workshop or conference in the fields covered by our journals. Two different grants are available depending on the size of the event and the level of funding required.
“Applying for the Scientific Meeting Grant got us to think early on about the structure of the meeting and to reach out at an early stage to keynote speakers.“
Dr Lucy Brunt used one of our Meeting Grants to host a successful virtual conference in 2020.
Following the launch of our Sustainable Conferencing Initiative, the new Sustainable Conferencing Grant offers up to £2,500 to organisers of a variety of events to assist with the cost of innovative ideas that will enable events to become more sustainable.
Offering up to £3,000 to graduate students and postdocs, Travelling Fellowships help early-career researchers undertake collaborative visits to other laboratories. With no restriction on nationality, these grants are designed to offset the cost of travel, accommodation and other related expenses.
“The exchanging of knowledge is why I enjoy science so much. Doing this on an international level allows access to very specific expertise, which accelerates projects and provides new insights into your own research.”
Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) offers Conference Travel Grants of up to £600 to early-career researchers wanting to attend in-person and virtual meetings, conferences, workshops and training courses that relate to the scope of the journal. We also welcome applications from independent group leaders and PIs with no independent funding.
“For much of my project, I have been optimising and using devices and techniques that were not previously used in my lab. Seeing other groups and more senior scientists presenting impressive data using similar techniques gave me confidence in my approach.”
Erin Hedges highlights the confidence she gained when she travelled from London to attend the 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND, which was held in Perth, Australia in 2019.
The Company of Biologists funds various societies, both large and small. Three of the societies we fund (British Society for Developmental Biology, British Society for Cell Biology and the Society for Experimental Biology) use part of our funding to provide travel grants in order to support early career scientists who wish to attend conferences. Please contact the relevant society for more information.