Conference Grants RE-OPEN for 2021

Conference Grants are now available for attending online conferences during 2021
Part of the Society’s remit is to support nutritionists and nutrition scientists to share their ideas and research, present their work to new audiences and make new connections with their peers around the world and Conference grants make this possible for those Society Members who can least afford to attend. The Conference Grants facilitate this and are available for any Nutrition Society members who are undergraduates doing their first degree, MSc students, PhD students or those in the early stage of their careers i.e. within 10 years of higher degree graduation.

If you have any queries, which are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, please contact the Membership team

Am I eligible to apply?

Conference Grants are available to members when they are actively participating in an event or conference e.g. you have been invited to speak or will be presenting a research abstract either as a poster or oral communication. The grant can be used to help pay towards conference registration.   An application can also be made in cases where members are not presenting, but feel that attending a particular conference will greatly enhance their learning, or career prospects.

PLEASE NOTE: Where a large number of applications is received, members presenting or speaking will be given priority.

Applicants must be current members of this Nutrition Society and have been so for at least two consecutive years and they must still be members when they are due to travel to the event. They must not have received a grant in the last three years, but those who have applied for travel grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again. Our decision to award a conference grant is discretionary and final.

What will be awarded?

The Society wishes to help as many members as possible at this time, so the grant will cover 75% of your registration fee, up to £100.  A copy of your registration receipt with your name and the cost on will be required.  Applications will be considered within specific time scales so please bear these in mind when applying for a grant.

Travel Grant Timings 




1 April 202129 April 2021By mid June
1 June 202116 July 2021By mid August

These figures are discretionary and the Nutrition Society reserve the right to adjust them up or down on a case by case basis

How to apply

The Application Process

Applications are made online and include a personal statement of no more than 300 words, which outlines how the applicant believes they or their career will benefit from having attended the chosen conference.

Once the closing date has passed, applications will be sent for judging by the Membership Committee and applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the judging  is completed.

In order to then claim the grant, applicants must send a copy of their invitation/confirmation to speak/present and a copy of the confirmation of regsitration with their name and address clearly in evidence.

The Conference Grant will be paid once the items above have been received.  You may be asked to write a short report about the event and what you have gained from attending.  This may be used for a blog on the Society’s website or as a feature with the Society’s monthly newsletter or Gazette.

Application deadlines

There are currently two application deadlines, to help smooth the administration process involved.  The dates are as follows:

Wave 1: Applications open from 1 April to 29 April.  Applicants notified of judging panel decision by mid June at the latest.
Wave 2: Applications open from 1 June to 16 July. Applicants notified of judging panel decision by mid August at the latest.

To fill in the application form click the button below. 

N.B. All applications will be held until the closing date and they will then be sent together for judging after the closing date.

Members who have received a Conference Grant in the past have commented:

Xiaofei Yin, attended the Metabomeeting at the University of Birmingham, UK


“I gained invaluable experience, research insights and networking opportunities at the conference which will serve me well moving forward and I look forward to applying these to my ongoing research in Trinity College and presenting future work at upcoming Nutrition Society meetings.”

Deirdre O’Connor, attend the 11th International Conference on Homocysteine and One Carbon Metabolism (ICHOCM) at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Xiaofei Yin, attended the Metabomeeting at the University of Birmingham, UK



“The conference grant awarded by the Nutrition Society provided additional support which aided my travel and attendance at this three day conference. This was a very informative conference covering diverse research themes and was presented by experts and young researchers from several countries throughout Europe. I would strongly recommend that Nutrition Society members should consider supporting and attending these events as they are so beneficial. I am very thankful to the Society for providing me with the opportunity to attend and develop my networking ability to continue to pursue my research interests.” Kirsty Porter, attend the Nutrition Society's Irish Section Conference 2017 entitled ‘What governs what we eat’ at Queens University, Belfast



"I had the pleasure of attending this year’s summer conference at King’s College London. I was delighted to learn that the theme was ‘Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas’ as I’m currently writing up a PhD which has involved working with small independent takeaway businesses so the conference was particularly relevant. I thoroughly enjoy attending the Nutrition Society conferences and would recommend them, without hesitation, to other researchers and students; unfortunately, I am not always able to attend due to lack of funds, so I very much appreciate being given the opportunity this year." Toni Blackham, attended the Nutrition Society Summer Conference entitled “Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas” at Kings College London



"The conference focused on the development of metabolic profiling (metabolomics and metabonomics) and its application. There were more than 100 posters from different universities and institutes. In summary the conference was very high-quality and explored many novel topics, which open your mind and extends your knowledge. It was a good opportunity not only to disseminate my own research, but to also learn about the cutting-edge research of others."

Xiaofei Yin, attended the Metabomeeting at the University of Birmingham, UK


Xiaofei Yin, attended the Metabomeeting at the University of Birmingham, UK


If you have any queries, please view the frequently asked questions section below or contact the membership team.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Conference grants were suspended in 2020 due to the global pandemic and it has been decided that now is the right time to start the process up again, but this time for online meetings.

You need to be a current member and have at least two consecutive years of membership, and be a member when attending the conference. Preferably, you need to be speaking or attending at the conference.

You will receive 75% of the cost of registration up to the value of £100. This is so we can help as many people as possible at a time when conferences are so important for keeping in touch with the global science community.

The Society has started a project to support students, graduates and early career members and it was felt that awarding grants to the least well-funded members was a genuine and worthy way of supporting the careers of those members just starting out.

There are currently two opening times for applications. You can apply in whichever period precedes your attendance at the conference/event.. PLEASE NOTE: NO retrospective applications will be considered, so please plan ahead. Wave 1: Applications open from 1st April to 29 April. Wave 2: Applications open from 1st June to 16 July.

Please complete and submit the online application form. To support the application you will need a personal statement of no more than 300 words.

The grant will be paid after your attendance at the event/conference and once we have received copies of your invitation/acceptance to speak and your registration confirmation/receipt. Please allow 30 working days from receipt of the documentation, for grants to be paid. Any grants not claimed within three months of attendance at the conference will not be paid.

Yes if you are a current member of the Society and have been for at least two consecutive years. You must still be a member when applying for the grant and when attending the event. They must not have received a conference grant from the Society or Irish Section in the last three years, and must not be receiving a grant for this same event from the Irish Section. Those who have applied for these grants previously, but were unsuccessful, may apply again.

Please send your original VAT receipts for travel, registration and accommodation (not including food and drink) to the membership team. These should be the original receipts and not credita card receipts. Also please send a short account (500 word max) of the event, what you have learnt and how you feel it will benefit your future career. Please include photos if possible as we can then use these to promote the grants, and your success, to other members.