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

How to apply 

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.

Application deadlines

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.

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Queries 

If you have any questions, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact the Membership team.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why has the application process and the dates recently changed?

The Conference grants were suspended in 2020 due to the global pandemic and it has been decided that now is the right time to start the process up again, but this time for online meetings.

Can anyone apply for the grant?

You need to be a current member and have at least two consecutive years of membership, and be a member when attending the conference. Preferably, you need to be speaking or attending at the conference.

How much funding will I receive?

You will receive 75% of the cost of registration up to the value of £100. This is so we can help as many people as possible at a time when conferences are so important for keeping in touch with the global science community.

Why is the grant only available to students or early career members?

The Society has started a project to support students, graduates and early career members and it was felt that awarding grants to the least well-funded members was a genuine and worthy way of supporting the careers of those members just starting out.

Why is the grant only available to students or early career members?

The Society has a project to support students, graduates and early career members and it was felt that awarding grants to the least well-funded members was a genuine and worthy way of supporting the careers of those members just starting out.

When do I need to apply?

There are currently two opening times for applications. You can apply in whichever period precedes your attendance at the conference/event.. PLEASE NOTE: NO retrospective applications will be considered, so please plan ahead. Wave 1: Applications open from 1st April to 29 April. Wave 2: Applications open from 1st June to 16 July.

How do I make an application?

Please complete and submit the online application form. To support the application you will need a personal statement of no more than 300 words.

When will the grant be paid?

The grant will be paid after your attendance at the event/conference and once we have received copies of your invitation/acceptance to speak and your registration confirmation/receipt. Please allow 30 working days from receipt of the documentation, for grants to be paid. Any grants not claimed within three months of attendance at the conference will not be paid.

Am I eligible to apply for a conference grant?

Yes if you are a current member of the Society and have been for at least two consecutive years. You must still be a member when applying for the grant and when attending the event. They must not have received a conference grant from the Society or Irish Section in the last three years, and must not be receiving a grant for this same event from the Irish Section. Those who have applied for these grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again.

What do I need to do after my attendance at the event/conference?

Please send your original VAT receipts for travel, registration and accommodation (not including food and drink) to the membership team. These should be the original receipts and not credita card receipts. Also please send a short account (500 word max) of the event, what you have learnt and how you feel it will benefit your future career. Please include photos if possible as we can then use these to promote the grants, and your success, to other members.