10 July 2019
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.
Maximum award: £1000
Deadlines: 15 April and 1 October
Eligible membership categories: Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members
Minimum membership: none required
Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +44 (0)20 7685 2677.
Applications to the second round of Education and Outreach Grants are now open and will close on 1 October 2019.
Please read all information on this page carefully and ensure you have read and agreed to the grants terms and conditions before submitting an application.
Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Up to £1,000 will be awarded to contribute to the expenses of the proposed activity. Activities as part of organisation open days or UCAS days will not be eligible for funding.
For Full and Postgraduate Student Members, and Full Concessionary Members not working at schools
A variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology will be considered for support. These might include:
Applications relevant to the teaching of any aspect of microbiology in primary, secondary or tertiary (including postgraduate) education will be considered. Examples of education activities that might be funded include:
Funds may be used for the purchase of consumable materials, but not capital equipment (i.e. core equipment over £5,000 in value). Funds may also be used to provide payment to a student providing short-term assistance in the development of the activity (e.g. vacation employment of an undergraduate, or exceptionally a postgraduate after expiry of studentship).
For Full Concessionary Members working at schools
Specific projects may include:
Payments to helpers such as undergraduates who are giving up their free time to deliver the activity may be included in the costings in the application, however please note that in the event of a successful application all claims should be substantiated by appropriate evidence of expenditure.
Applications should be made online via Mi Society. All required supplementary material should be provided at the point of application. Full expected costs of attendance should be given in the appropriate part of the application.
Applicants must provide a detailed description of the proposed initiative, full costings and evidence of any collaborations or other sponsorship. Each application should also include a safety risk assessment and evidence of, or costing for, appropriate public liability insurance cover if the activity is to be held at a public venue. Payments to helpers such as undergraduates who are giving up their free time to deliver the activity may be included in the costings. Applicants should also indicate how they will evaluate the success of their event in a suitable and proportionate manner.
There will be two rounds of application per year. Closing dates are 15 April and 1 October 2019.
Awards are made by competition. Applications are reviewed by at least two referees and funding decisions are made by an Award Panel comprised of members of the Professional Development and Communications Committees, and are based on the reports of the referees.
Applications are reviewed against the following criteria:
Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application within two months of the closing date. It is therefore expected that applications for the April and October rounds will be for activities taking place after 1 June and 1 December, respectively.
You will be notified of an awarded grant via email. The grant award will also be displayed on your Mi Society account under ‘Grant History’.
To claim your grant, please log into Mi Society, and upload evidence of your claim (this can be receipts or invoices, and evidence of your attendance) when you complete the grant claim form.
Awarded funds will be paid to the applicant’s nominated account by bank transfer within one month of an award claim being made.