Biochemical Society: Scientific Outreach Grants

Biochemical Society

Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 9, 2019 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

The aim of the outreach grants is to increase participation in the molecular biosciences at school level and beyond through engagement activities.

Audience and aims:

  • Age 4-11 - ages 4-11 need to have a "science focus", without the emphasis on biology
  • Age 11-14 - support for biology within a balanced science curriculum
  • Age 14-18 - support for biology, with increasing emphasis on molecular biology
  • Post-18 - support for biomolecular sciences in their own right.

Once the report and evaluation are complete, applicants are invited to apply for extra funding (up to £500) to further disseminate their activity; this could be by improving the long term sustainability of the project, generating further resources or reaching new audiences. Applications for further funding will only be considered within three months of the final reports submission.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The effectiveness of the proposal for disseminating information about (bio)sciences to young people and the general public.  The effectiveness will be considered in terms of the attractiveness of the event(s) to the target audience and the soundness of the underpinning science.
  • The level of relevance to the biosciences, with particular emphasis on molecular bioscience for upper secondary school age audiences and above. For primary school age audiences, the focus can be on biology or on all sciences.


  • Applicants are also strongly encouraged to write an article for the Society’s members magazine The Biochemist and for the Society’s blog.
  • Does your activity demonstrate originality? The Biochemical Society is always looking to support new, exciting, hands-on methods of engaging the public.
  • Consider the level of relevance of the public outreach proposal to the biosciences, particularly the molecular biosciences.  Aim to promote practical experiences.
  • Consideration for widening participation: e.g. with regard to ‘difficult to reach’ groups.
  • Collaborations between, several schools, several universities, mix of organizations.
  • The establishment of links/relationships between schools and universities or industry.
  • The promotion of molecular bioscience career opportunities.
  • Previous experience of the applicant in outreach activities (although this should NOT deter ‘first time’ applicants).


  • Applicants who do not complete an evaluation and final report will not be able to apply for future Scientific Outreach Grants from the Biochemical Society.
  • Purchase standard school equipment which should properly be funded from other sources.
  • Support commercial activities.
  • Events/activities that are clearly contributing to recruitment to a particular institution or organization are likely to be given lower priority unless the advantages to participants are particularly strong. Where recruitment may be a factor, the institution will be expected to provide some of their own funding.

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