Statement on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19

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.

Meeting Grants

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.

Sustainable Conferencing Grants

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.

Travelling Fellowships

Offering up to £2,500 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.

Dr Sina Krokowski reflects on the ongoing impact of her Travelling Fellowship, awarded by Journal of Cell Science in 2015.

DMM Conference Travel Grants

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.

Grants to scientific societies

The Company of Biologists funds various societies, both large and small. Three of the societies we fund (British Society for Developmental BiologyBritish 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.

Application portal

Register to apply for our grants, monitor your application progress and submit reports.

Stories from grant recipients

Hear from our grant recipients and learn about their events on our stories page.

Sign up for grant news

Stay up to date with the latest news about our grants.

Join the discussion

Visit the Sustainable Conferencing Initiative’s Forum to share your ideas and questions with the community.

Sustainable Conferencing Blog

Visit our Blog where we share information on various aspects of event sustainability and new technologies.

Support for early-career researchers

We champion early-career researchers and offer a number of practical ways to meet their unique needs and challenges.

Biology Open Meeting Reviews

Recipients of Scientific Meeting Grants are eligible to apply to publish a Meeting Review free of charge in Biology Open.

Contact us

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Supporting science

We believe that everyone has the opportunity to share and benefit from scientific discovery. Our journals are included in initiatives that provide free and unrestricted access for the world’s poorest nations to environmental and biomedical literature.




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