About the BSAC Funding Programme

Eligibility To Apply:
The BSAC encourages applications on topics consistent with the strategy of the Society, and from early career researchers and clinical trainees. We support proof of principle research projects which will facilitate applications to other funding agencies. Please note that we do not encourage applications from principal investigators and their co-applicants who have been in receipt of total research funding of more than £100,000 (or the equivalent value in the currency of an applicant’s country) in the last 2 years. This does not prohibit applications from individuals whose host institution has received £100,000 or more (i.e. this applies to individuals).

Unless otherwise stated grants are open to Members and Non-Members worldwide.

The BSAC invites applications on a worldwide basis & since our funding programme is highly competitive we ask all potential applicants to carefully consider whether their application meets the objectives of the society’s grant awarding strategy (outlined below).

Triage Process:
Due to the large number of grant applications received for Project grants, Research grants and PhD Studentships, eligibility of applicants & research topics is assessed via a triage process. Any applications not meeting our eligibility criteria will be rejected at this triage stage, and applicants notified as soon as possible.

Application Review Process:
All applications for Project grants, Research grants and PhD Studentships meeting our eligibility criteria will be reviewed further reviewed. Project grant applications are reviewed by expert members of the BSAC Grants Committee. Applications for Research grants and PhD Studentships are subject to a stringent two-step review process  1) an external peer review process; and 2) a final review by the BSAC Grants Committee.

Applications for Travel grants, Named awards, Overseas Scholarships & Vacation Scholarships are reviewed & scored by expert members of the BSAC Grants Committee.

Each year, the BSAC typically awards 1- 2 large grants (up to 50,000 per project) and 2-3 smaller grants (up to £15,000 per project).

Review Indicators:
Grants are reviewed according to a variety of indicators including:

  • Originality of project
  • Potential value to field of knowledge
    Suitability of methods
  • Appropriateness of overall project design
  • Feasibility within proposed time frame
  • Standing of applicant in the field
  • Relevance to beneficiaries
  • Resources & cost effectiveness
  • Viability and planning

Copies of score forms and criteria are available on request.

The Use Of Animals In Research:
The BSAC endorses The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) position statement supporting the use of animals in research. The AMRC position statement is available from here.

The BSAC Grant Awarding Strategy:
To improve the prevention and treatment of infectious disease, and to promote the appropriate and effective use of antimicrobial agents through grant awards for research, travel and other grants to institutions and individuals.

In furtherance of the above strategy The Society supports grants in the areas of:

  • Mechanisms of antibacterial action
  • Mechanisms of antibacterial resistance
  • Antiviral resistance
  • Antivirals
  • Antifungals
  • Antibiotic methods
  • Antibiotic prescribing
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Antiparasitics
  • Evidence based medicine / systematic reviews

Co-Funding:
The BSAC does not currently offer co-funding of grants. When applying for any BSAC grant, all applicants must declare if they have sought, or intend to seek, any financial support outside of the BSAC for the same grant. The BSAC must be informed of any grant awarded outside of BSAC funding and the application withdrawn immediately.

Designated Grant Fund:
Council agrees each year on the allocation of funds that will support the next years grant round. The amount allocated to the grant fund each year depends on the projected surplus from the Society’s income from the previous year.

Any remaining funds in hand must either be returned to the Society immediately or if you wish to continue to draw on these funds for a limited period after the end of the award (no cost extension applies), you should write with details of when and how the money will be used.

Application Deadlines:
As advertised on the BSAC web site.

Submitting An Application: 
Applicants must complete the relevant application according to grant type as follows:

  • An application must be submitted as a single document.
  • Applicants must submit a signed copy of the BSAC Terms and Conditions form.
  • Both documents must be submitted via the BSAC online submission system.

Written Reports:
All applicants in receipt of a BSAC grant are required to submit a written report on completion of their project, using a BSAC report form.
Report forms and details required for reports can be found on the BSAC web site at the top of the page for the relevant grant type. In addition relevant report forms will be sent to principal applicants at the point the BSAC sends notification an award has been made.

The report form should be submitted to BSAC Grants via email at: grants@bsac.org.uk

Applicants who have already completed a report to their Institute for a BSAC grant award can also include this with the completed BSAC report form.

Feedback To Grant Applicants:
The BSAC only offers feedback for those applications that are peer-reviewed by external reviewers (Research, Education & PhD Studentship applications), and only if applicants specifically request this.

Correspondence:
All correspondence should be addressed sent to the BSAC Grants Secretary at: grants@bsac.org.uk

The BSAC Grants Committee Members:
The BSAC Grants Committee consists of 7 Professional Members. A list of all members and their expertise can be found at the top of this page.

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