International Development Fund

Council aims to assist microbiologists in developing countries through the International Development Fund. Awards are made by competition.


  1. Support visits (travel and accommodation) by members of the SGM to laboratories in countries where microbiology is inadequately developed but where its further development may assist education or the economy of these countries. The purpose of the visits must be to give short lecture courses and laboratory training in subjects designed to meet the needs of these countries. The countries may vary from time-to-time but at present these include many places in the Far East, Africa, South and Central America, the Indian sub-continent and Eastern and Central Europe. Host laboratories are usually expected to provide some evidence of local support for the courses.

  2. Allow purchase of consumables, but NOT computers or large pieces of equipment, which are essential for the needs of such training courses.

  3. Support national microbiological facilities, e.g. culture collections (which underpin microbiology), where these run into temporary difficulties.

  4. Support any other small project to assist in technology transfer from developed countries to the areas mentioned above for which other sources of funding do not exist. This might include provision of equipment to a nominated centre at which a member is working permanently, or payment for temporary local technical assistance for a one-off purpose.


  1. Applications for sums between £1000 and £5000 will be considered first. No applications above £7000 will be accepted.

  2. Applicants must be members of the Society for at least one calendar year prior to the date of application.

  3. In making applications for support for giving short lecture courses or laboratory training, detailed information must be provided about the relevance and quality of the training course and the degree of local support for the course.

  4. Each application must be accompanied by full supporting documents.

  5. A condition of funding (except for provision of publications) is that a brief report, suitable for Microbiology Today, be provided within 2 months of completion of the project.


Applications to the Fund are now invited. There is no form. Four copies of submissions, including full supporting documents, should be sent to:

Dr Jane Westwell
Society for General Microbiology
Marlborough House
Basingstoke Road
Spencers Wood

Any enquiries should be made to the Grants Office, SGM HQ

The closing date for applications is 26 September 2008.

Last modified 29 November 2007