COVID-19 – Guidelines in respect of grants paid for cancelled meetings

Where organisers plan to reschedule scientific meetings within 18 months of the original date, funds may be retained only on condition that the organisers remain the same and that details are provided of the new dates.

Where scientific meetings are cancelled, we request that funding be returned as soon as possible. We recognise that some costs may not be recoverable and in these instances details should be provided by the organisers.

Where organisers wish to convert in-person meetings to virtual, a revised budget with details on how funding will be used should be provided in order that retention of funding may be considered.

Scientific Meeting Grants

Our Scientific Meeting Grants help finance a range of charitable activities including, but not limited to, in-person 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.

As part of our Sustainable Conferencing Initiative, the new Sustainable Conferencing Grant of typically up to £2,500 may also be available to help finance innovative ideas that enable biologists to collaborate proactively whilst minimising their impact on the environment. Applications for this funding are  invited as part of our Scientific Meeting Grant process from organisers of a wide range of scientific events including meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, training and networking

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

Application deadlines


  • 26 May 2022 (decision w/c 11 July 2022)
  • 23 August 2022 (decision w/c 10 October 2022)

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



  • 23 August 2022

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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