Departmental Seminar Scheme grants

If your department is seeking to attract guest speakers, The Physiological Society can help.

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Who can apply?

You must be a Society Representative in order to apply

What is available?

Funding dependent on number of Members and Affiliates in your organisation. See bands below.

The Departmental Seminar Scheme (DSS) helps with the costs of attracting visiting speakers. By contributing to the costs of travel and accommodation, we aim to support members hosting seminars on a physiological research area.

When can I apply?

Applications for the 2018/19 academic are now closed.

Hear a Member's experience...

Get inspired!

For those looking to run a seminar or series for the first time, I’d recommend being brave and engage young people.

Oksana Zayachkivska, Lviv National Medical University

Inviting people of shared expertise and interest allows us to promote our work and establish new collaborations.

Mala Shah, University College London

My advice would be to call The Society and chat through the options and how to get going with the scheme. I would definitely do this again!

Hannah Wilson, Leeds Beckett University

We have compiled a PDF document containing more useful advice from the Departmental Seminar Scheme Case Studies.

Funding bands

Funding available is dependent on the number of Members and Affiliates in your organisation:

  • An institution with <12 Members is eligible for a maximum of £250
  • An institution with 12–40 Members is eligible for a maximum of £800
  • An institution with 41–70 Members is eligible for a maximum of £1050
  • An institution with >70 Members is eligible for a maximum of £1250*

* The amount awarded may differ, depending on the number of applications and available budget.

Criteria

  1. You must be a Society Representative, and must coordinate and submit applications on behalf of your institution.
  2. Those institutions that fall into the smaller bracket are able to apply for an addition to their funding, to support a visit from a high profile speaker. For further details, please email Jen Happe, Membership Engagement Manager.
  3. Seminar speakers are required to meet The Society’s minimum expectation of 33% female representation in all scientific meetings, and work towards a target of 50%.

All applications must be submitted in advance of the seminar scheme and by Friday 28 September 2018 at the latest.

All applications must be submitted by the Society Representative.

The level of funding available for your institution will be determined by the number of Members and Affiliates. The number of members at each institution is calculated on 20 August each year.

Institutions will be granted with funds to support an unlimited number of seminars up to the maximum grant they are eligible for.

Joint applications are welcome, however, funds will be granted to each institution on an individual basis according to the number of Members they each have. This applies to all institutions.

Funding must be used to support speakers’ travel, accommodation and lunch costs only.

Advertising should acknowledge sponsorship by The Society, and the logo should be used in accordance with Society guidelines.

Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

All institutions awarded a DSS Grant will be required to submit a report, providing details of the seminar programme and how the funds were used.

In line The Society’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, seminar speakers are required to meet The Society’s minimum expectation of 33% female representation in all scientific meetings, and work towards a target of 50%.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in the institution not being eligible for funds for the following year.

For further information regarding this scheme, please email Jen Happe. The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

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