Terms of application

These grants are processed and assessed on a monthly basis so we strongly recommend that you complete and submit your application by 5 pm (UK time) on the last working day of each calendar month. In addition, the first three working days of each calendar month are reserved for maintenance work on the scheme. You will be unable to start, continue or submit an application. Any incomplete applications may lose information after the maintenance period.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications in 2017 to the Analytical Division, Chemistry-Biology Interface Division, the Faraday Division or the Organic Division.
Please read carefully before beginning your application.
  1. Applicants are only eligible to apply if they have been a member (of minimum Associate level) of the Royal Society of Chemistry for at least one year.
  2. Applicants must be members of the Division to which they apply. You can check your membership or join a Division for free by emailing membership@rsc.org.
  3. Applications must only claim for travel expenses. Applications with claims for accommodation, subsistence and registration fees will not be considered.
  4. Applicants may only apply to one Division per application.
  5. Applicants can only have one active application (including the non-competitive grant) at a time.
  6. Grants are available to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers within 10 years of completion of a PhD, members working in industry within 10 years of leaving full time education and technicians within 10 years of leaving full time education. Restrictions exclude time for career breaks, parental leave, etc.
  7. Each member can be awarded one grant per calendar year (including the non-competitive grant).
  8. The conference or workshop applied for may be run by the RSC or by another organisation.
  9. The conference or workshop should be linked to the applicant's research area or provide a credible opportunity for the applicant to move into another research area or develop a multi-disciplinary project.
  10. The participant should give either a poster or an oral presentation at the conference or workshop.
  11. The applicant should submit their oral or poster abstract(s) as part of their application.
  12. The participant should acknowledge support from the relevant RSC Division in their presentation.
  13. We request that, where relevant, a letter of support from the applicant's supervisor be included as part of the application.
  14. Money will be paid on successful application. Any unused funds remaining after conclusion of the activity should be returned to the Division.
  15. We request a brief report be submitted after the conference, outlining the benefits to you from participation in the meeting.
  16. Applications whose application month is within eight weeks of the start of the meeting will not be considered.
  17. We also have a limited number of non-competitive £200 grants available to applicants attending RSC centrally-run conferences in their home country. These will be assigned on a first come, first served basis and will be restricted (per relevant) to one person per research group.
  18. Applicants may only receive one grant from the RSC per activity. If you have already received funding from other RSC sources for the same activity, you must inform us immediately. This includes funding from Interest Groups.
  19. Applicants may resubmit an application only if an original application was rejected on eligibility and has not already been assessed by a committee.
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