Terms & conditions

These grants are processed and assessed on a monthly basis so we strongly recommend that you complete and submit your application by 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 read carefully before applying.
  1. Applicants must be a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry at time of application.
  2. Applications must only claim for travel expenses. Applications with claims for accommodation, subsistence and registration fees will not be considered.
  3. Applicants can only have one active application at a time. Applicants may not simultaneously apply for a bursary and competitive grant.
  4. Bursaries 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.
  5. Bursaries are awarded on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to one person per research group.
  6. Each member can be awarded one grant per calendar year. This does not preclude you from also receiving a competitive Travel Grant in the same calendar year. These, however, must be for different events. Please note that applications submitted in December will count towards the next calendar year, as decisions will only be made in January.
  7. The conference or workshop applied for must be centrally organised by the RSC. See below for a full list of eligible meetings. 
  8. Travel expenses should be minimised in any way possible. In particular, where possible use second class and cheap day return or other concessionary rates, taking advantage of advance purchase and rail cards.
  9. The participant should acknowledge support from the RSC in any presentations made at the meeting.
  10. Money will be paid on successful application. Any unused funds remaining after conclusion of the activity should be returned to the RSC.
  11. We request a brief report be submitted after the conference, outlining the benefits to you from participation in the meeting.
  12. Please note that we recommend you submit your application a minimum of three months before you need a decision. Applications received within eight weeks of the start of the meeting will not be considered.
  13. 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.
  14. Applicants may apply for a competitive grant if they do not receive a non-competitive grant.
Meetings eligible for these grants are:
  • Hot-electron science and microscopic processes in plasmonics and catalysis: Faraday Discussion
  • Artificial photosynthesis: Faraday Discussion
  • Ultrafast photoinduced energy and charge transfer: Faraday Discussion
  • Advances in ion spectroscopy - from astrophysics to biology: Faraday Discussion
  • Challenges in analysis of complex natural mixtures: Faraday Discussion
  • Chemical Biology Symposium
  • Medicinal Chemistry Residential School
  • Nanolithography of biointerfaces: Faraday Discussion
  • 14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14)
  • 26th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry
  • Joliot Curie Conference
  • Mechanistic Processes in organometallic chemistry: Faraday Discussion
  • Quantum effects in complex systems: Faraday Discussion
  • Organic Division Poster Symposium
  • Chemical Science symposium on functional organic materials