COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the conference grant application process is closed until further notice.
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. The Society offers Conference Grants to facilitate this.
Conference Grants are reserved for any Nutrition Society members who are undergraduates doing their first degree, MSc students, PhD students or those in the very early stages 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
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 for travel, accommodation and/or 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.
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 travel 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 has set aside £10,500 to support members wishing to apply for conference grants annually. The conference grants can be applied for in three waves every year. Applications will be considered outside of these timescales in exceptional circumstances (please contact the Membership team in the first instance if this applies to you).
Travel Grant Limits
|Applicant's location||Travelling to the UK and Ireland||Travelling to the rest of Europe||Travelling outside of Europe|
|UK/Ireland||up to £150||up to £250||up to £450|
|Europe||up to £250||up to £150||up to £450|
|Internationally||up to £450||up to £450||up to £450|
These figures are discretionary and the Nutrition Society reserve the right to adjust them up or down on a case by case basis
Applications are accepted online (currently closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic) and must be accompanied by:
- Proof of the applicant’s registration or acceptance to present/speak at the chosen event/conference.
- 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 or event and how they intend to spend the travel grant.
Once the applicant has attended the conference/event, they will need to provide:
- A short (500 word max) account of the event and photographs if possible, which can be used for a blog on the Society's website or as a feature with the Society's monthly newsletter or Gazette.
- Original VAT receipts for travel, event registration and the hotel (sorry, but we cannot accept credit card receipts). We do not require receipts for food and drink as these are not covered by the conference grant.
The Conference Grant will be paid once the items above have been received.
There are three application deadlines throughout the year, to help smooth the administration process involved. The dates are as follows:
Wave 1: Applications open from 7 January to 28 February. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by 31 March.
Wave 2: Applications open from 1 May to 30 June. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by 31 July.
Wave 3: Applications open from 1 September to 31 October. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by 30 November.
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.