FUNDING

ABOUT THE BSAC GRANTS PROGRAMME

Eligibility to apply
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.

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, 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 propsed timeframe
  • 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.

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
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 BSAC for the same grant. Where funding has been requested and awarded outside of BSAC the society must be informed of this and any 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.

Grants Programme Deadlines
28 February each year (Project grants & Overseas Scholarships)
31 March each year (Vacation Scholarships)
30 November each year (Research grants)
Travel Grants – as advertised
PhD Studentships – as advertised

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

Final Reports
Final reports to BSAC should include the following information based on your project:

  • A summary of the aims and objectives of the project
    • broad findings or conclusions (maximum 2x A4 pages)
  • Any publications arising from the project
    • a list of any publications arising from the research carried out
    • include details of any articles which have been accepted, or are planned for publication within the next 24 months as a result of this award (please provide any definite or provisional publication dates)
  • Any other outputs arising from the project
    • give details of any other way in which the results of the research has been or will be disseminated i.e. oral and / or poster presentations at conferences
  • A brief evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the research
  • A summary of the actual costs compared to the estimated expenditure in your submitted grant application
  • 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
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