Criteria and Benefits

The SRF is a supportive society, particularly for young researchers. The SRF welcomes members whose interests lie in furthering the public knowledge of the reproduction processes and fertility in humans and animals by research, teaching or clinical practice.

The SRF is delighted to announce that membership fees will remain unchanged for 2017 with some new grants to be announced shortly. Below is an updated list of 2017 benefits.

Online access to the SRF’s journal Reproduction

The SRF is delighted to offer ALL members online access to its Journal Reproduction as part of their membership package. Reproduction is a leading journal in the field (Impact factor 3.100 as at June 2017) and offers a popular Journal-based learning programme. Discussions are underway to introduce a prize for the best research paper published by an SRF member in Reproduction.

Reduced combined print/online Reproduction subscription

Members who also wish to receive a printed copy of Reproduction qualify for a substantially discounted subscription.

Additional Reduced Subscriptions

SRF Members are entitled to a discounted subscription for the following journals; Andrology; Human Reproduction; Molecular Human Reproduction; Human Reproduction Update.

Members are also entitled to a 50% discount for their first two years of individual Royal Society of Biology membership.

SRF Travel Grants UP TO £800

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 has 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.  Further information.

Discounted registration fees and bursaries to attend Fertility

SRF members qualify for highly discounted rates and bursaries to attend Fertility. Fertility is held jointly with the British Fertility Society and the Association of Clinical Embryologists in January of each year. Following a consultation with SRF members, from 2017, Fertility replaces the SRF Annual Conference as the main scientific meeting on the SRF calendar.

Academic Scholarships

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.  Further information.

NEW! Bid to host an SRF workshop

SRF members can now bid for support to facilitate workshops which cover focussed areas of reproductive biology. Both financial and logistical support from the Society is available. Further information.

PLUS: To be announced in 2017

Two new grants aimed at retaining quality scientists in the field; the Career Development Grant is aimed at members in early stages of their independent research and a second grant will focus on supporting scientists returning to the field after a career break.

SRF Vacation Scholarships

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. Further information.

The following prizes will next be awarded at Fertility 2018.
Eligibility for SRF New Investigator Award

Members who are within ten years of being awarded their PhD (or equivalent qualification) can be nominated for this prestigious award. The selected individual will be invited to present a paper at Fertility and also at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting. Further information.

Eligibility for SRF Postdoctoral Prize

Upon submission of an abstract to Fertility, Postdocs, who are within five years of receiving their PhD, can opt to be considered for this prize. Submissions are selected to present at the SRF Annual Conference and the winner is invited to present their paper at the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) Annual Scientific Conference in Australia. Further information.

Eligibility for SRF Student Prize

Another of our conference awards, the Student Prize is awarded to a postgraduate student who delivers the best oral presentation in the ‘Student Prize Session’ at the Fertility meeting. Further information.