ISB provides conference travel grants for biocurators, software engineers and students (etc) whose work contributes to biocuration.

All ISB members can apply, however, priority will be given to students, junior curators, curators from low-income countries, and curators from countries suffering from natural and humanitarian disasters. Previous recipients can apply again, however, they will be given a lower priority.

Each travel grant will be issued a maximum of 1,500 CHF to cover travel expenses (e.g. hotel, flight and ground transportation).

Application requirements

The applicant does not have to be an active ISB member, as the travel award will include ISB membership for 1 year.

The applicant must have an abstract for a presentation/poster accepted by the conference organising/scientific committee and must agree to provide either a presentation or a poster if they are successful in their application, or the award will be withdrawn.

Only the presenting author from a multi-author abstract may apply for a travel grant.

An individual can only be awarded a travel grant a maximum of once every 3 years and can receive no more than 2 travel grants.

Once notified of a successful application, the recipient must register for the conference and arrange their travel themselves.

The recipient must agree to provide a photo of themselves before the meeting and to provide a short summary of their current role and how they benefited from the conference after attending the conference. The photo will be included in the slides circulating during interval breaks. Both the photo and summary will be uploaded to the ISB website, circulated in the ISB Newsletter, and distributed via other online formats.


The applicant must explain why they are requesting travel funds and how attending the ISB annual conference will benefit their career.

The deadline for application will be determined by the date of each conference.

The application deadline for the 16th International Biocuration Conference in Padova, Italy ( April, 25th to April 28th, 2023) was December 20th 2022.

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The award notification will be sent via email at least 3 months before the conference will take place. For the 16th International Biocuration Conference notifications of award were sent on or before January 20th, 2023.

Updates for 2024 Travel Awards (India Conference)

  • Applications for travel awards will open 4 months before the conference and will be open for one month. 
  • Award recipients will be required to have an accepted abstract at the conference and register to attend the conference, or the award will be withdrawn.
  • Being a member of the ISB is not a requirement to apply for or receive a travel grant. The travel award recipients will also receive a free ISB membership for one year.
  • We will offer 6 travel fellowships:
    • 2 awards for anyone to apply
    • 4 awards for low-income countries: 2 for global north and 2 for the global south
  • The ISB Awards subcommittee will review the applications, with consideration of our priority criteria ( as listed here and inform the awardees within 2 weeks of the closing date.
  • We will reopen the application deadline if there are not enough applicants after the first month.
  • We will aim to award 1500 CHF to each recipient, but this amount is subject to change depending on the ISB budget in each given year.