Grants for Carers

The Society is committed to ensuring all activities are inclusive in order to develop a community of physiologists that is strengthened by its diversity; this includes supporting the participation of any member who wishes to take part in Society meetings and professional development opportunities.

We are aware that many of our members have caring responsibilities: a carer might be anyone who cares, unpaid, for a dependent friend or family member who due to age, illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Similarly some members might benefit from care support to facilitate engagement in Society activities. To ensure those members with caring responsibilities, as well as those that need carers, are able to attend our meetings, we have established a funding stream to support the extra costs incurred.

The Society is offering a limited number of grants (up to £250) towards the cost of delegate’s care arrangements for any meeting/workshop that we organise. The total amount of money available to the Carers’ Fund is limited and applications may therefore need to be considered on a competitive basis.

Scheme Details:

  • Any member attending a Society-run meeting or workshop, with preference given to those presenting work;
  • Funding can be used to cover the cost of care either at the conference location or in the applicant’s home location;
  • Applications should be made at least one month before the meeting is due to take place (retrospective applications will not be considered);
  • All applications will be considered in competition on the last day of each month;
  • Applications will be considered by The Society’s appointed Diversity Champions;
  • The Society may offer an amount less than that applied for;
  • Funds will not normally be awarded more than once to one person in a calendar year.
  • No correspondence will be entered into except under exceptional circumstances.

Making an application:

The Society realises that, at the time of application, delegates may not be able to state with certainty the alternative care arrangements they will make. Thus, the application form asks only for an indication of intended plans and likely costs.

Receiving your funds:

If you are informed that your application has been successful, you will be required to complete a short report form and return it along with an expenses claim outlining how the funds have been spent and any benefit obtained from attendance. The grant will normally be paid after you have attended the event and the report has been received. If you feel that you cannot attend without receiving payment beforehand, please contact The Society.