Scientific Meeting and Sustainable Conferencing Grants

Scientific Meeting Grants

Our Scientific Meeting Grants help finance a range of charitable activities including, but not limited to, in-person, hybrid or virtual meetings, workshops and conferences in the fields relevant to our journals. The grant can cover expenses such as a plenary or keynote speaker, assistance with travel for early-career researchers, or to reduce (or waive) registration fees. Priority will be given to applications where organisers include a virtual element, promoting inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability.

Sustainable Conferencing Grants

Applications are invited from the organisers of a wide range of activities, including (but not limited to): meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, training and networking in the fields covered by our journals. Organisers are encouraged to come forward with innovative ideas, for example:

  • Ideas that will reduce travel requirements and increase accessibility and inclusivity;
  • Ideas that will improve interaction opportunities for geographically diverse participants;
  • Ideas that will improve the ‘human’ experience of virtual meetings.

How do I apply?

The Scientific Meeting Grant and Sustainable Conferencing Grant are now both included in the same application. You may apply for both types of grant, or just one of them depending on your needs.

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of this section to access our grant management portal and get started.

Before submitting your application, please read the applicant handbook for important information about the grants, application guidelines, and terms and conditions.

Please note that support for measures to enable in-person participation of specific groups should be submitted to the Company of Biologists Scientific Meeting grants or Small Meeting grants schemes.

Application deadlines


  • 10 March 2023 (decision w/c 15 May 2023)
  • 20 May 2023 (decision w/c 10 July 2023)
  • 04 August 2023 (decision w/c 9th October 2023)

Small Meeting Grants

We welcome applications for grants of up to £400 to cover the cost of running a small meeting, either in-person or virtually, within the fields of our journals. This would normally be a local meeting taking place on one day and with a maximum budget of £1,000.

Before submitting your application, please read the Small Meeting Grant applicant handbook for important information about the grant, application guidelines, and terms and conditions.

We welcome applications for Small Meeting Grants on a rolling basis.


Application portal

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

Applicant handbooks

Our applicant handbooks provide vital information for the grant application process.

Scientific Meeting Grant application deadlines



  • 10 March 2023 (decision w/c 15 May 2023)
  • 20 May 2023 (decision w/c 10 July 2023)
  • 04 August 2023 (decision w/c 9th October 2023)

Other financial support

As well as Meeting Grants, we offer various other grants to support the biological community:

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Biology Open Meeting Reviews

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

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