Technician Meetings Taster Grants


The Society wishes to continue its support of technical staff working in microbiology laboratories in universities, colleges, hospitals/HPA, research institutes etc. who are interested in joining the SGM and attending its meetings but consider the costs to be prohibitive. In 2011 we are continuing to offer an opportunity for eligible technicians to sample an SGM meeting with expenses of up to £305 being met by the Society. The grant will include a contribution towards travel and bed and breakfast for an agreed number of nights and registration at the Associate Member early-bird rate. Priority will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to attend a scientific meeting in the last 5 years.


  1. The scheme is open to technical staff working in microbiology laboratories whose salaries are supported by central university funds or by the NHS, or where alternative sources of conference funding are not available but excluding commercial bodies. Applications are invited from those on a salary no higher than £30 000 per annum (gross), on scales up to and including Medical School Technicians MST2/Grade 2, University Technicians UTSS Grade E and MLSO1s. Non members only - evidence of salary at date of application must be supplied e.g. copy of monthly pay slip.

  2. Applications from technicians who work part-time or with other circumstances that affect the ability to afford meeting attendance will also be considered. Please give details of such circumstances on the back of the application form.

  3. Technicians who are not members of the Society and who have previously received a taster grant are not eligible to re-apply in 2011.

  4. Applicants may claim for:
    • Travel: contribution of up to £50 towards travel costs
    • Accommodation: Contribution of up to £50 per night towards bed and breakfast accommodation for the number of nights necessary for attendance at the sessions specified.
    • SGM Associate Member Earlybird Registration rate
      NB Grants will not cover the extra cost of registering after the earlybird booking deadline and applicants will be responsible for this cost (£10 per day).

  5. Grants are limited to attendance at ONE only of the 2011 meetings listed below:

  6. Applicants must register separately for the meeting through the SGM meetings office. Payment must accompany registration and so it is advisable to submit the grant application well in advance of the booking being made.

  7. CPD/CPE certificates will be available at the meeting for those requiring them.

  8. Applications must be made before the start of the meeting. No retrospective claims will be accepted.

  9. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Society. Grant recipients who do not attend the meeting will be required to repay the grant in full.

  10. Applications must be made on the appropriate form. ONE copy of the completed application form and all supplementary documentation must be submitted for consideration


Enquires to | 0118 988 1807

Download an application form to attend the Autumn York or Dublin conferences here

Download an application form to attend the Autumn York or Dublin conferences

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 dates for applications:
Tallaght: 31 August 2011
York: 2 September 2011


Last modified 11 May 2011