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Sustainable Conferencing Grants

As part of its Scientific Meeting Grants, The Company of Biologists is offering Sustainable Conferencing Grants to help finance innovative ideas that enable biologists to collaborate productively while minimising their impact on the environment

Applications are invited from the organisers of a wide range of virtual 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.

It is necessary under the law of England and Wales for grants to be provided on terms that enable us to verify, and monitor, that the funding provided has been put to proper use and is in furtherance of our charitable purposes. As such, our grants are subject to terms and conditions which are non-negotiable and it is for those applying for grants to decide whether or not to accept them on the terms offered.

Guidelines for completing the application form:

  • The applicant who completes the form must be in the organising group for the event. Applications from professional fund-raisers will not be considered.
  • Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
  • Information on the topics/programme outline and proposed speakers must be included with the application form.
  • Funding requests must be in GB Pounds Sterling.
  • Application forms and supporting information must be written in English.

Acknowledgement of funding:

As part of our agreement to provide funding, we request that should your application be successful, you acknowledge The Company of Biologists’ contribution to the event on your website and in any printed material circulated. We would ask that this acknowledgement include our company name, logo and web address. Upon grant approval, we will issue a non-negotiable Grant Agreement which will need to be signed and returned along with your bank details. We also require, within 3 months of the event taking place, a 250–500 word report which should include feedback on the tools used/support provided, describing what did and did not work, value for money and any ideas for future improvement. If you have any questions regarding these grants, please contact grants@biologists.com.

Sustainable Conferencing Blog

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

Join the discussion

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

Travelling Fellowships

Read the experiences of some previous Development applicants, posted on The Node.

DMM Conference Travel Grants

Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) offers Conference Travel Grants of up to £600 to early career scientists wanting to attend meetings and courses relating to the areas of research covered by the journal. We also welcome applications from independent group leaders and PIs with no independent funding.

Did you know Scientific Meeting Grants can be used for virtual events?

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About Scientific Meeting Grants including Sustainable Conferencing funding

The Company of Biologists uses the surplus it generates for the benefit of biology and the biological community by providing funding to organisers of meetings, workshops, conferences and summer schools in the fields covered by our journals.

Visit our journal websites

Development Journal of Cell Science The Journal of Experimental Biology Disease Models & Mechanisms Biology Open

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