Conference Grants RE-OPEN for 2021
Conference Grants are now available for attending online conferences during 2021
Part of the Society's remit is to support nutritionists and nutrition scientists to share their ideas and research, present their work to new audiences and make new connections with their peers around the world and Conference grants make this possible for those Society Members who can least afford to attend. The Conference Grants facilitate this and are available for any Nutrition Society members who are undergraduates doing their first degree, MSc students, PhD students or those in the early stage of their careers i.e. within 10 years of higher degree graduation.
If you have any queries, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact the Membership team
Am I eligible to apply?
Conference Grants are available to members when they are actively participating in an event or conference e.g. you have been invited to speak or will be presenting a research abstract either as a poster or oral communication. The grant can be used to help pay towards conference registration. An application can also be made in cases where members are not presenting, but feel that attending a particular conference will greatly enhance their learning, or career prospects.
PLEASE NOTE: Where a large number of applications is received, members presenting or speaking will be given priority.
Applicants must be current members of this Nutrition Society and have been so for at least two consecutive years and they must still be members when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a grant in the last three years, but those who have applied for travel grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again. Our decision to award a conference grant is discretionary and final.
What will be awarded?
The Society wishes to help as many members as possible at this time, so the grant will cover 75% of your registration fee, up to £100. A copy of your registration receipt with your name and the cost on will be required. Applications will be considered within specific time scales so please bear these in mind when applying for a grant.
Travel Grant Timings
MEMBER NOTIFIED OF DECISION
|1 April 2021||29 April 2021||By mid June|
|1 June 2021||16 July 2021||By mid August|
These figures are discretionary and the Nutrition Society reserve the right to adjust them up or down on a case by case basis
The Application Process
Applications are made online and include a personal statement of no more than 300 words, which outlines how the applicant believes they or their career will benefit from having attended the chosen conference.
Once the closing date has passed, applications will be sent for judging by the Membership Committee and applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the judging is completed.
In order to then claim the grant, applicants must send a copy of their invitation/confirmation to speak/present and a copy of the confirmation of regsitration with their name and address clearly in evidence.
The Conference Grant will be paid once the items above have been received. You may be asked to write a short report about the event and what you have gained from attending. This may be used for a blog on the Society's website or as a feature with the Society's monthly newsletter or Gazette.
There are currently two application deadlines, to help smooth the administration process involved. The dates are as follows:
Wave 1: Applications open from 1 April to 29 April. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by mid June at the latest.
Wave 2: Applications open from 1 June to 16 July. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by mid August at the latest.
To fill in the application form click the button below.
N.B. All applications will be held until the closing date and they will then be sent together for judging after the closing date.
Members who have received a Conference Grant in the past have commented:
“I gained invaluable experience, research insights and networking opportunities at the conference which will serve me well moving forward and I look forward to applying these to my ongoing research in Trinity College and presenting future work at upcoming Nutrition Society meetings.”
Deirdre O’Connor, attend the 11th International Conference on Homocysteine and One Carbon Metabolism (ICHOCM) at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
“The conference grant awarded by the Nutrition Society provided additional support which aided my travel and attendance at this three day conference. This was a very informative conference covering diverse research themes and was presented by experts and young researchers from several countries throughout Europe. I would strongly recommend that Nutrition Society members should consider supporting and attending these events as they are so beneficial. I am very thankful to the Society for providing me with the opportunity to attend and develop my networking ability to continue to pursue my research interests.”
Kirsty Porter, attend the Nutrition Society's Irish Section Conference 2017 entitled ‘What governs what we eat’ at Queens University, Belfast
"I had the pleasure of attending this year’s summer conference at King’s College London. I was delighted to learn that the theme was ‘Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas’ as I’m currently writing up a PhD which has involved working with small independent takeaway businesses so the conference was particularly relevant. I thoroughly enjoy attending the Nutrition Society conferences and would recommend them, without hesitation, to other researchers and students; unfortunately, I am not always able to attend due to lack of funds, so I very much appreciate being given the opportunity this year."
Toni Blackham, attended the Nutrition Society Summer Conference entitled “Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas” at Kings College London
"The conference focused on the development of metabolic profiling (metabolomics and metabonomics) and its application. There were more than 100 posters from different universities and institutes. In summary the conference was very high-quality and explored many novel topics, which open your mind and extends your knowledge. It was a good opportunity not only to disseminate my own research, but to also learn about the cutting-edge research of others."
Xiaofei Yin, attended the Metabomeeting at the University of Birmingham, UK
If you have any questions, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact the Membership team.