Nutrition Society Conference Grants
Conference Grants are available to those Society members who can least afford to attend scientific meetings and conferences around the world. Conference Grants are reserved for any members of the Society who are undergraduates doing their first degree, MSc students or PhD students or those in the very early stages of their careers i.e. within 10 years of higher degree graduation. Part of our 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.
Deadline for applications: midnight on 30 April 2018. APPLY ONLINE
PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE KEPT UNTIL THE CLOSING DATE AND SENT TO THE JUDGING PANEL ALTOGETHER AFTER THAT DATE.
If you have any queries, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact us.
Conference Grants are available to members to help pay for travel, accommodation and/or conference registration when 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. 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 have been members of the Nutrition Society for at least two consecutive years and must still be members when applying for the grant and when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a travel grant in the last three years. Those who have applied for travel grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again. Our decision to award a conference grant is discretionary.
Deadline for applications: midnight on 30 April 2018. Apply online.
Applications 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 application 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 or newsletter feature.
- 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.
We will pay the Conference Grant once the items above have been received.
Here is a selection of quotes from winners of the 2017 grants
11th International Conference on Homocysteine and One Carbon Metabolism (ICHOCM) Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, from 14-18 May, 2017.
“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.”
Irish Section Conference 2017 entitled ‘What governs what we eat’
Queens University, Belfast, from 21 -23 June 2017
“The travel 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.”
Nutrition Society Summer Conference entitled “Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas”
Kings College London, from 10-12 July 2017
"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."
University of Birmingham, from 11-13 December
"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."
If you have any questions, please contact us.
The Nutrition Society has been awarding travel grants for the last 18 years and hundreds applicants have benefited from nearly £200,000. However, the process for administering the grants has now been streamlined and the opportunities created for more members than ever before, to be able to have a grant. It has also been decided to make them conference grants which could be used to cover travel, accommodation or conference registration.
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.
The lack of a deadline previously, has meant the grants went on a first come, first served basis, rather than taking into consideration the impact on an applicant’s future career. Two deadlines means there are now two pots of money and this helps with grants for those people who, for whatever reason, may not be able to know about their attendance several months in advance.
Previously there was no cap based on geography, but introducing one and limiting funding for different travel options, will allow more members to be able to benefit from the funding.
Amounts which can be applied for will vary to enable more applicants to benefit from a conference grant, please see below for exact amounts.
Applicants based in UK/Ireland attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £300
European travel £400
International travel £600
Applicants based in Europe attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £400
European travel £300
International travel £600
Applicants based Internationally attending a conference/event involving:
UK/Ireland travel up to £600
European travel £600
International travel £600
There are now two deadlines for applications, namely 30 April 2018 and 29 October 2018. You can apply in whichever period precedes your attendance at the conference/event.
Please complete and submit the online application form. To support the application you will need a personal statement of no more than 300 words and proof of your registration for the event will be required.
After the closing date for each wave of applications, eligibility will be checked and the awards panel will make their decisions. Candidates will be normally notified within 3-4 weeks of the closing date for applications. If you have not heard anything by this time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The grant will be paid after your attendance at the event/conference and once we have received copies of your receipts and your report on the meeting/event. Any grants not claimed by the time of the next deadline will not be paid.
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.
Applicants must have been members of the Nutrition Society for at least two consecutive years. They must still be members when applying for the grant and when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a conference/travel 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.
Conference grants are given to pay for travel (standard class air or rail), accommodation and registration at the conference only.
Any costs incurred for food and drink are not covered by the grant and will not be reimbursed.
PLEASE NOTE: The original VAT receipts will be needed for reimbursement of your costs, we are unable to reimburse against a credit or debit card receipt..