International Capacity Building Fund

The purpose of the International Capacity Building (ICB) Fund is to provide resources to enhance education and training of applied microbiology in developing countries.
  • Who can apply: Full, International, Fellow and Life Members

  • Maximum award: £5,000. You do not need to apply for the maximum amount.

  • Deadline: applications will be considered throughout the year

The purpose of the International Capacity Building (ICB) Fund is to provide resources to enhance education and training of applied microbiology in developing countries.

We want to receive applications for projects that truly aim to involve and empower individuals – projects that will involve working with those communities with high levels of economic deprivation to ensure we are reaching, training, and working with the most under-resourced microbiologists in the society at large.

SfAM will be most interested in those applications that show not only an innovative approach, but a demonstrable potential to leave a legacy and share the project’s impact.

Below are a few examples of situations that may be applicable for the ICB Fund:

  • SfAM members wishing to visit overseas laboratories and other facilities in developing countries. During the visit lectures and other educational activities will be undertaken.

  • SfAM members resident and working in developing countries wanting to visit appropriate laboratories to receive training in areas of applied microbiology where this will assist the education, training or the economy of the member’s host country.

  • SfAM members wanting to visit sites where it has clearly been identified that an important culture collection is in danger of being lost due to lack of resources. The member will provide training and advice to preserve the culture collection either in situ or within the country of origin.

Terms & conditions Terms & conditions
  1. The applicant must be an existing Full, International, Fellow or Life Member of the Society to be eligible to apply.

  2. The applicant must have at least one full year of membership history prior to submitting their application, and must not have lapsed on their membership at the time of application.

  3. Applicants may only apply for this grant once in any 2-year period. (If the project is suitable and further support is required after the first year, this may be considered, and the applicant must submit justification for further funding support.)

  4. Applications to visit a facility or laboratory must be accompanied by a letter of support from that institution, including full contact details.

  5. Applications must be fully justified, and a clear breakdown of costs should be presented with the application. Only those items listed within the application will be considered for funding.

  6. Under normal circumstances a maximum of £5,000 (or equivalent in euros or US dollars) will be available for an individual award.

  7. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they have sufficient funds available to cover the full cost of the visit until reimbursement is made to them by the Society.

  8. All expenses claimed must be supported with relevant original receipts and only costs deemed by the Society to be reasonable will be paid. Claims will NOT be accepted for any personal items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries or household items.

  9. Applications will be considered at any time during the calendar year.

  10. A feature report about their SfAM-funded work (800 to 1,000 words) must be provided for the Microbiologist magazine within 12 weeks of the date of the project completion. No payment will be made without this documentation.

  11. The applicant must complete an expense claim form (available from the Society), which must be received by the Society within 12 weeks of the date of the project completion, along with all relevant ORIGINAL and itemised receipts to support the claim (cardholder copies alone will NOT be accepted). No payment will be made without this documentation.

  12. Reimbursement of expenses will be made as a single bank transfer directly into an appropriate bank account, normally in GB pounds sterling, euro or US/Canadian/Australian dollars. Under NO circumstances will intermediary banks be used.

  13. All applications will be assessed by the Grants Awards Panel and their decision is final.

  14. Please upload all supporting documents.

Application form

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