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

All conference participants associated with biocuration can apply; however, priority will be given to students and those in junior posts, as well as to applicants from low to middle-income countries or countries suffering from natural and humanitarian disasters. The award
committee will aim to choose awardees from a range of countries distributed in different continents, with around 2/3rd of the awards ring-fenced for low to middle-income countries and countries suffering from natural and humanitarian disasters. Previous recipients can apply again; however, they will be given a lower priority.

Awards are typically paid as reimbursement of expenses for travel to the conference (food, transportation, registration etc). Awardees are expected to retain receipts or other forms of documentation for all expenses.

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 submitted an abstract for a presentation/poster and only applicants who have had the abstract accepted for either a presentation or a poster by the conference organising/scientific committee will be eligible for a travel award. In addition, the applicant must agree to give either a presentation or a poster if they are successful in their application, or the award will be withdrawn.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.

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 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.

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.


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 award notification will be sent via email at least 3 months before the conference will take place.