Attendance at scientific meetings supports the Society's mission to promote and advance pharmacology, and the education and professional development of members.
The Society has established a bursary and travel grant fund (The Bain Memorial Bursary Fund) to contribute towards the cost of members attending symposia, conferences and meetings deemed by the Society to be of interest to pharmacologists. So far, all eligible members who have applied have received a contribution towards their costs.
The availability of bursaries and travel grants for Society meetings will be advertised in the promotional material for that meeting. A list of currently eligible meetings is provided in the Members' Area.
Members wishing to apply for bursaries or travel grants to attend non-Society meetings, should email Paul Tizard at the Society’s office, with details of the meeting in question (if possible a link to the programme or website), a copy of the abstract submitted for presentation together with the estimated costs in accordance with the Guidelines and deadlines below. Applications must state whether any other funding has been requested or awarded and the amount requested or awarded. Please note that applicants are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year. The Vice-President Meetings (or Vice-President Clinical, as appropriate) will confirm whether or not the meeting qualifies for bursary or travel grant support.
Bursary and travel grant funds are provided having regard to the Society’s financial position. Preference will be given to applications for attendance at Society meetings from students and recent postgraduates and to those who have not previously received a Society bursary or travel grant within the same calendar year.
Deadlines for applications for non-Society meetings are:
Please note that we cannot accept retrospective applications. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application within two weeks of the deadline.
Typically, bursaries and travel grants are available subject to the following guidelines:
Applications in the prescribed format will normally only be considered if received not more than 26 nor less than 6 weeks before the advertised start of the meeting to which the application relates
The maximum amount for individual bursaries and travel grants will usually be restricted to up to 75% of the aggregate cost of registration, accommodation and travel for students and 50% for non-students. The maximum award per meeting as well as per year is £750 - this may be split over more than one meeting. Food and beverage costs and travel incidentals will not be reimbursed. Costs will be based on the Society’s assessment of the most economical mode of travel and a reasonable standard of accommodation
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application and, if successful, of the upper limit of the award as soon as possible after the deadlines above.
Bursaries will only be provided if the applicant is speaking, presenting a paper or participating in a workshop or similar
Bursaries and travel grants can only be paid after a meeting and against a claim in the prescribed format, supported by original receipts. Claims must be presented within 4 weeks of the advertised closing date of the meeting to which they relate. Late claims will not be considered
Claimants will be required to certify whether any additional funding has been requested/obtained and the amount. The amount of any additional funding may be deducted from the amount payable by the Society
The amount payable in respect of any claim will be the upper limit of the award or the total of actual receipted costs, whichever is the lower
Bursary Applications - Process
All applications must be submitted in the prescribed format. The Society reserves the right to require applications from Student Members to also be supported by a Society Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow. Should this be the case, the applicant will be contacted
Applications must be completed within the prescribed time frame (i.e. not more than 26 nor less than 6 weeks before the meeting starts)
All applications will be considered in the round after the closing date.
Emails notifying a successful application should be retained for submission with the Claims form
Claims will not be paid until after the meeting has closed unless the Society has advised that claims can be paid during the meeting to which they relate. Claims must be submitted on the prescribed form supported by original receipts only and a copy of the email confirming the award. All claims must be received at the Society’s Office within 4 weeks of closure of the meeting to which they relate. Receipts will not be returned by the Society and claimants should therefore ensure they keep copies if required. Late claims will not be entertained under any circumstances
Payments will only be made direct to bank accounts in the name of the bursary applicant, unless the Society has stated otherwise in its email notification confirming the award