ISB microgrants are meant to sponsor local and regional short meetings of ISB members to foster synergy of their work efforts, to generate a space to share your work, and to further help to advance the goals of the society.
In the past, microgrants have been used to fund poster sessions, room rentals, speaker travel costs, attendee accommodation, administrative costs, bus hire, venue hire and more. We would like to encourage the community to propose ideas related to diversity and inclusion goals as well.
Microgrants are awarded in the amount of 500CHF per group, and applications may be submitted at any time (i.e. no deadlines). If awarded, the group will write a 300-word report informing the ISB membership about the outcomes of the meeting. This report must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 days after the end of the meeting. The report will be posted on the website and in the ISB Newsletter. In addition, as part of the microgrant award, we ask that the microgrant recipients promote ISB membership to their community.
The applicant does not have to be an active ISB member, as the award will include ISB membership for 1 year.
Applications may be submitted by applicants at any level of their career.
Applications may be submitted by applicants at any level of their career. If the application is successful, the recipient will write a 200-word report informing the ISB membership about the funded event and provide a relevant photograph, both of which will be posted on the ISB website and Newsletter, circulated to the ISB distribution list and promoted via Twitter and Mastodon. This report must be provided no later than 30 days after the end of the meeting.
Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year (i.e. there are no deadlines), writing a brief description (max 1 page) of the purpose of the meeting, its target audience and possible affiliations, including how the meeting will benefit the members of the ISB community.
The application will be decided upon only by members of the EC unless specialist external advice is required.
The award will normally be paid out retrospectively, on provision of receipts, but can be funded in advance in exceptional circumstances. International Society for Biocuration grants are only made subject to the availability of funds and are not guaranteed in any one year.
An individual can only be awarded one Microgrant or Inclusivity Grant or Exchange Fellowship.
The award notification will be sent via email within 4 weeks of application.
Past microgrant recipients
- Inna Kuperstein, Computational systems biology of cancer course: Single Cell Analysis, 2019
- Kilannin Krysiak, Pre-ASHG hackathon and curation jamboree 2018
- Pankaj Jaiswal, ICBO2018
- Karsten Hokamp, GCCBOSC 2018
- Cecilia Arighi, BioCreative VI workshop
- Nicole Vasilevsky, The OHSU Library Data Science Institute Promotes Biocuration and the ISB to Librarians and Researchers
- Robert Waterhouse, Biocuration training programme for arthropod genomics
- Ruth Lovering, UCL bioinformatics workshop, 2017
Benjamin Good, Network of Biothings Hackathon 2, 2015
Melissa Haendel, Sponsership of best poster/demo award at the FORCE2015 conference
- Martin Kuiper, GRECO workshop, 2014
- Frederic Bastian, Workshop on the Practical use of Uberon, 2014