President's Fund for Research Visit Grants


These awards offer funding to early career microbiologists, who wish to travel to another laboratory, in order to carry out a defined piece of research within an existing (or to develop a new) collaboration. The project may be in any field of microbiology. The visits may be of one to three month’s duration. The awards make a contribution to the costs of return travel, subsistence and consumables in the host laboratory. An award panel made up of members of SGM Council will consider applications.


  1. All applicants must be paid up members of the SGM of at least 3 calendar months standing before the date of their application for a grant.
  2. Applicants must be in one of the following categories:
    • Resident and registered for a PhD in a country in the European Union.
    • Within 3 years of appointment to a first postdoctoral position in a country in the European Union at the date of application.
    • A graduate scientist within 3 years of first appointment to a microbiological post in the UK or Eire at the date of application.
    • A university lecturer (LA or equivalent) within 3 years of appointment to their first post in the UK or Eire at the date of application.
  3. Applicants will not be considered if they were awarded a grant from the scheme within the previous two calendar years.
  4. The research work to be carried out in the host laboratory must be clearly defined. It must also be microbiological, but any appropriate area of the discipline will be considered for funding.  The scheme supports innovative projects within established collaborations and the development of new collaborative initiatives.
  5. Applicants must submit evidence of acceptance by the host institution e.g. a copy of the letter of invitation from a senior member of the staff, with their completed application form.
  6. Awards of up to £3000 are available for making research visits of up to 3 month's duration (minimum length 4 weeks)
  7. Grant holders will normally be expected to continue to receive a salary / student stipend from their home institution or other source.
  8. Applicants are expected to have adequate insurance arrangements and to provide evidence of this. The scheme does not cover the costs of insurance.
  9. All applicants who are funded by a research council or other funding body that regularly supports conference attendance or activities connected with the applicant’s work must submit evidence that they have applied for sponsorship from that body. 
  10. Applicants who receive support from other sources that meets their costs in part or in full are required to inform the Grants Office of the amount(s) as soon as possible. If an SGM award has already been paid, then the amount in excess of the stated required sum must be returned.
  11. Projects must be completed within twelve months of the award being made.
  12. All grant recipients must complete a short project report and provide a statement of expenditure (backed up by receipts/invoices as appropriate) within one month of the project’s completion.
  13. Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  14. There will normally be two rounds of application during each calendar year. The next closing date is 23 September 2011
  15. Applications must be made on the appropriate form. THREE copies of the completed application form and all supplementary documentation must be submitted for consideration.


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Download the scheme rules here

Download guidance for completing the application form here

Download an application form here as a or word document

Applications should be submitted by post to Grants Office, SGM, Marlborough House, Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1AG, email to or Fax to 0118 988 5656.

Closing date 23 September 2011


Last modified 28 March 2011