ISB provides 6 travel grants to current ISB members in order to attend the annual International Biocuration conferences.

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 must be an active ISB member (click here to become an ISB member).

The applicant must have submitted an abstract for a presentation/poster and must agree to provide either a presentation or a poster if they are successful in their application. 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 ISB annual 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 annual conference.
The application deadline for the 16th International Biocuration Conference in Padova, Italy will be held April, 25th to April 28th, 2023 is 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 will be sent on or before January 20th, 2023.