These grants are intended mainly to support attendance at scientific meetings that relate directly to the applicant's research interests, and where they will be presenting their original work. Grants may also be awarded to support research visits to laboratories or clinical departments, where exceptional training opportunities are not available in the home institution and could not have been anticipates at the start of your post/PhD. The grant contributes to costs incurred by clinical and non-clinical neurologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and others for overseas visits or attendance at scientific meetings.
Travel Grants are restricted to those in doctoral training (ie. PhD students, or UK based 3-year research MD) and post doctoral training (whether clinically qualified or not) and for work undertaken while based in the United Kingdom. A maximum of three separate awards may be available to each applicant, with not more than one award in any 12 month period.
The awards are not intended to support student electives, undergraduate projects or MSc students. Support will not normally be given where the applicant is supported by a Fellowship or grant funding that already provides travel costs; nor for research visits that form part of an ongoing grant-supported collaboration. The awards are not intended to support taught training courses or teaching-based summer schools. We prioritise candidates at an early stage of their career, and so if you are 10 or more years from your PhD, please ensure that the letter of support explains your special case or exceptional circumstances.
If a travel grant is awarded then a single payment is made. The outcome of applications is typically notified by email, ~6 weeks ahead of travel. A hard copy confirmation of the award and cheque is then sent by post. It is your responsibility to ensure that the address you provide is correct and sufficiently detailed to receive a cheque.
As a guideline, we generally provide up to up to £400 for UK meetings, up to £600 for European meetings outside of the UK, and up to £1000 for meetings further afield, depending on the destination. As part of the assessment, we also expect partial funding from your institution or for example a travel award from the conference. Application must be initiated on this website at least 9 weeks before the planned meeting and fully submitted at least 8 weeks before the meeting date. Do not attempt to subvert these rules by misrepresentation of the dates of travel or the dates of a meeting.
Applications for support for virtual conference fees will be considered. The same application criteria apply.
The following data are required by the application process:-
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If you are unable to travel, you must notify the Guarantors of Brain (using the contact form) and return the cheque. You cannot carry forward an award to pay for another meeting.
If your application is successful a short report (equivalent to one side of A4 paper) must be uploaded (image or pdf) within three months of the stated meeting date, countersigned by your sponsor and confirming that the grant was required in full for travel or refunding un-spent amounts to Brain. Failure to submit a post meeting report will make you ineligible to apply for future Brain travel grants.
If you have not needed all of the money that was awarded, please return the remainder as a cheque made payable to "Guarantors of Brain"
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