Conference Grants 2023
Conference Grants - applications now open.
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.
What will be awarded?
The Society wishes to help as many members as possible at this time, so the grant can be used to cover your registration fee, travel, and accommodation, but NOT food or drink. We have increased each grant by £100 this year to help you with the cost of travel, accommodation and registration.
Funding available depends on where the conference you are attending is being held.
* Up to £400 for members attending a conference in their home country
* Up to £500 for members based in the UK or Europe, traveling to an event in Europe
* Up to £600 for members traveling to conferences overseas
PLEASE NOTE: There will be two closing dates of midnight Friday 31 March 2023 and midnight Friday 27 October 2023. Applications will be retained until those dates when they will be sent for judging. Please plan ahead as no retrospective grants will be awarded.
For conferences from April to November, apply before March 31 2023 and for those between December 2023 and March 2024 apply by 27 October 2023.
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, travel to the event, and your accommodation for the time spent at the conference.
PLEASE NOTE: Where a large number of applications is received, the judge's decision will be final.
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, and the funding available depends on where you are based and where the conference you are attending is being held.
- Up to £400 for members in the UK attending a conference in the UK
- Up to £500 for members based in the UK or Europe traveling to an event in Europe
- Up to £600 for members traveling to conferences overseas
These figures are discretionary and the Nutrition Society reserve the right to adjust them up or down on a case by case basis
|Applications open||Applications deadline||Decisions sent to members|
|24 February 2023||midnight 31 March 2023||April 2023|
|midnight 27 October||November 2023|
You are eligible to apply for a conference grant if you meet the following criteria:
1: You are presenting at, or speaking at a conference related to Nutrition Science (animal or human)
2: You are a student, graduate, or early career member of The Nutrition Society and have been a member of the Society for at least two consecutive years at the time of applying
3: You will be a member of The Society at the time of the conference
4: You are not getting another grant or financial support from the Irish Section for this same event
5: You have not received a confernce grant from the Society or the Irish Section any time during the last three years
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/education 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.
The Conference Grant will be paid once you have returned from the conference and submitted your expenses claims form with VAT receipts, and 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 in the Society's monthly newsletter or Gazette.
The deadline is midnight on 31 March 2023 and 27 October 2023
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 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
"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 Metabolism meeting 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.