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British Neuropathological Society Awards Schemes
The society has been running a bursary scheme through the journal for a number of years to support attendance of junior members of society at international scientific meetings and to provide funds to allow individuals to undertake research in other laboratories.
We now intend to extend this scheme to include small grants to support research. The total sum to be allocated will be decided by the committee and approved by the society at the business meeting.
In 2009 the Committee proposed that £20,000 be made available.
Budget setting will normally be done at the April committee meeting each year, to apply for the following year.
Calls for proposals will be emailed to members.
Awards will be considered by the Academic Committee of the BNS.
The guidelines for eligibility and method of application are outlined below.
Travel Award Scheme
To allow junior members to attend international conferences or undertake research in other laboratories
BNS small grants scheme
1. The Society will support projects that will support the advancement of neuropathology
2. The appropriate application forms (obtainable from the BNS website) must be used. The names of two referees will be required, one of which should be the Academic Head of the Department in which the applicant is working and proposes to carry out the work. Please do not exceed the number of pages requested: any application exceeding this will not be processed.
3. A maximum sum of £5,000 will be allocated to any one person, but applications for smaller sums are welcomed. The money is intended to be used for direct costs associated with the proposed work. No awardee can apply a second time under this scheme within a period of four years.
4. Each application will be sent to at least two referees for comment and assessed by the Academic Committee of the BNS. The closing dates for applications are 1 March and 1 September each year. Notifications are usually sent after 6-8 weeks. Applicants who were unsuccessful but received favourable comments are encouraged to re-submit. Referees’ comments are available on request.
5. After its award, the Grant will be paid in full within one month of a decision. A two-page report on the progress of the research should be sent to the Chair of the Academic Committee within one year of the award. This will assist in assessing future awards. Failure to provide a report will preclude future support in this and other schemes run by the Society.
6. Scientific work supported by the Grant should be presented at one of the Society's meetings within 2-3 years of the award. Such data should also be published in primary peer-reviewed journals. Any publications or related presentations at meetings by the recipient emanating in part or whole from the Society's support should be duly acknowledged.
7. An electronic version should be sent to the Chair of the Academic Committee prior to the closing date. The forms A, B, C can be downloaded in the Members section of the BNS Website.
3. Trainees in neuropathology who cannot obtain funding to attend the Society meetings from their deaneries may apply to the Society for support - see trainees section of website for more information.
Please download and complete the Small Grants forms A B & C and submit to the Chair of the Academic Committee before 1 March or 1 September. The forms can be donloaded from the files download area selecting Application Forms