The SRF is pleased to offer grants to cover all career stages.
A summary of our grants and scholarships can be found below. For full details, including criteria and application forms, please view the pages within this section.
Travel Grants are available to support the attendance of SRF members at non-SRF conferences and courses relevant to reproductive biology. Reflecting the rising cost of attending such meetings, the Society recently increased the maximum award available to £800 (amounts awarded will be dependent on overall cost of meeting and distance travelled). SRF travel grants are available to those who have been an SRF member for a minimum of one year. Exception is given to members who have been a member for less than one year but are in the first year of their PhD.
The value of SRF Academic Scholarships was recently increased from £10,000 to £12,500. This fund supports active, long-standing (five year’s minimum continuous membership) SRF members in established academic posts to develop and maintain their research programmes. Scholarships can be used to support activities including small pump-priming grants to generate preliminary data for a full grant proposal; travel and subsistence for a period of sabbatical leave or for bridging funds to help retain staff during gaps in grant funding. Members can only receive one award in every five years of continuous membership. Having received an award, members must maintain their membership for a further five years to be eligible to apply again.
SRF members are eligible to act as project supervisors for SRF Vacation Scholarships, which enable particularly promising students to work during the summer vacation in university departments or research institutes on projects related to reproduction and fertility in humans and other animals. Projects can be a maximum of eight weeks long, and include a stipend funded at £250 per week, plus an award of £750 to be paid to the host laboratory to cover the cost of consumables for the project.
TO BE ANNOUNCED EARLY IN 2017 – 2 new grants
Retaining quality scientists within the ﬁeld is of great importance to the SRF and we are therefore busy developing two new grant schemes to promote this. The ‘Career Development Grant’ is intended to support members in the early stages of their independent research. Our second grant is aimed at assisting scientists to return to work in the ﬁeld after a career break. Details will be available early in 2017.