Bumper month for grants as £45k awarded

Hosting researchers from Georgia in UK labs. Funding students to take part in a Chinese summer school. Running an outreach programme using 3D-printed biomolecule models.

These are just some of the things the Biochemical Society funded as part of the £45,000 in grants we dished out last month.

It comes on the back of £68,000 awarded in March to support students on summer vacation studentships, and is part of the more than £200,000 in grants we provide each year to advance molecular bioscience.

May was a particularly busy month for our grants, with rounds closing for five different grants.

We provided £14,000 to support 36 of our members attending scientific conferences, as part of our General Travel Grants, and £2300 from out Events Sponsorship Fund to support six lectures, seminars and research days at higher education institutions.

Just over £2300 was awarded from our Visiting Fellowships fund – which helps support research capacity building in developing countries. By coincidence, the two applications, one from University of Portsmouth and one from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, were both to host researchers from Georgia. The grants help researchers learn methods, which can they take back to their home country.

The Eric Reid Fund, which the Society administers, provided £7500 to five members to develop methodologies. The Fund was endowed by the Guildford Academic Associates Trust, co-founded by Dr Eric Reid, an Emeritus Member.

Almost £10,000 was provided from our Scientific Outreach Grant, which is available to members and non-members planning outreach activities that promote biochemistry. Thirteen events were supported, from CHaOS, the Cambridge Hands-on Science summer roadshow, to LIFE-3D!, a programme to use 3D-printed models for a hands-on exploration of biomolecules.

In addition to our regular grants, we had two special grants close last month. Five student members were awarded fully-funded places at the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) joint anniversary conference with EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organization, in August. The grants are part of our celebration of 50 Years of FEBS.

We also awarded four postgraduate members a place at the 5th International Advanced Summer School for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, a five-day programme in Shanghai next month.

Grants are one of the key benefits of being a member of the Biochemical Society, and we have rounds closing throughout the year. If you are a member, have a look at the grants we have on offer. If you are not a member, consider joining today.

Congratulations to all our grant recipients.

BONUS: Check out this excellent video from the University of Dundee on their Magnificent Microbes event, funded with support from the Biochemical Society’s Scientific Outreach Grant:

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