This grant, of up to CHF500, is designed to assist individual ISB members in attending events which they would not otherwise be able to be present at for reasons beyond simple lack of funding for registration, travel and accommodation. Examples include (but are not restricted to):
- Provision of child/nursing care at either home or at the event
- Local mobility device hire, or specialist taxi usage
- A signer or other dedicated audio-visual aids to assist with hearing or visual impairments
The applicant does not have to be an active ISB member, as the travel award will include ISB membership for 1 year.
Applications may be submitted by applicants at any level of their career.
If awarded, the recipient will be required to write a 200-word report informing the ISB membership about what they presented at the conference and whether this increased their collaborations and include a relevant photograph. This report and photograph must be provided no later than 30 days after the end of the conference and will be posted on the ISB website and Newsletter, circulated to the ISB distribution list and promoted via Twitter and Mastodon.
Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year, writing a brief description (max 1 page) of the event, and why it is relevant to the field of biocuration, some information about why they are applying for an inclusivity grant and how the funds will be spent. A letter of support from a senior colleague will be appreciated but is not mandatory. The application will be made in confidence and the award 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. There is no limit to the number of Inclusivity grants which can be awarded in any one year, if sufficient funds are available.
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.