The Biochemical Society  works to promote the molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.

We are committed to addressing the issues surrounding fostering diversity in science, through increasing awareness of this subject and promoting systems through which the surrounding issues can be effectively addressed. The Biochemical Society believes that the scientific workforce should reflect the make-up of UK society and thus include fair representation from groups which have been traditionally disadvantaged. Individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, certain ethnic minorities, women, and people with disabilities are all currently under-represented in education, training and employment related to science.

Definition of terms

‘Applicant’ or ‘Recipient’ will refer to the lead organisation that is applying for and/or is awarded a grant, or anyone officially representing this organisation in relation to this grant scheme. ‘Biochemical Society’ refers to the Biochemical Society based at 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE and located online at

1. Aims and Objectives

The Biochemical Society Diversity in Science Grants scheme provides grants of up to £500 to individuals, groups, charities or not-for profit organisations to support and address issues relating to diversity in science. In exceptional circumstances, at its discretion, the Society may also award up to £1,000 for individual projects.

The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a large loss of talent to the UK. Further details on the Biochemical Society’s position on diversity in science can be found on our website.

Applications must reflect that this grant is a one-time award from the Biochemical Society, and should highlight how the project could become sustainable going forward where appropriate.

2. Criteria

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of issues and challenges pertaining to diversity in science.
  • An awareness of channels and networks which address diversity in science, through which any achievements arising from the grant may be disseminated.
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed approach in addressing issues and challenges relating to diversity in science.
  • How you will evaluate the potential impact.
  • Proven research capability and experience, if the grant is to be used to fund a research project.
  • A defined time period for the activity (for grants awarded in 2020 it is expected that the project will be completed by 1 September 2021).
  • Evidence of additional/future funding to ensure project sustainability if catalytic funding is being sought.

The reviewers will take into account the originality and relevance of the project, as well as evidence of the potential impact. 

3. What the Biochemical Society will fund

  • We welcome applications from any area of science.
  • Funding will be available for projects completed by 1 September 2021.
  • As an international Learned Society we are happy to consider applications from outside of the United Kingdom.
  • We welcome applications from individuals, groups and charities.

4. What the Biochemical Society will not fund

  • Multiple projects from the same lead applicant.
  • Projects duplicating existing research for which new research would not add value or insight.
  • Any expenses incurred before receipt of an offer letter.
  • Projects where the only costs are travel and/or refreshments.
  • Applications from commercial (for profit) organisations.

5. Timetable 2020

  • Applications open: 1 September 2020
  • Applications close: 2 November 2020
  • Applicants informed of decision: by December 2020. 

Project completion deadline: 1 September 2021 (please note that in order to apply for a Diversity in Science Grant again, a written report must have been provided on the previous project – see Section 8).

6. How to apply

Applications must be done through FluidReview. If you do not have a FluidReview account, you will need to set one up. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with a link to follow in order to continue. By submitting an application, you declare that all the information you provide is true to the best of your knowledge.

You confirm that the organisation(s) named are aware and supportive of this application and have given you the authority to use their name. If your application is successful, you will take every necessary step to ensure that the work plan is delivered in full and on time.

You confirm that you have read and understand the Standard Conditions of the Biochemical Society Diversity in Science Grants and agree to abide by them, should your application be successful. You understand that failure to meet the aforementioned Standard Conditions will result in the termination of the funding agreement.

7. Assessment of applications

  • Grant applications will be assessed by at least two reviewers.
  • The panel’s decision is final. However, anonymised feedback will be provided to all unsuccessful applicants on request.

8. Reporting Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a post-activity report (500 – 1000 words) by 1 September 2021. This should give a brief overview of the project, including photographs where possible. The report may be posted on the Biochemical Society website and if appropriate may be printed in The Biochemist.

Applicants will not be eligible to apply for future Diversity in Science grants until a report has been submitted. 

9. Payments

The grant of £500 (or £1,000 in exceptional circumstances) is inclusive of VAT and will be paid to the applicant in advance of the commencement of the project. However, if the standard conditions are not met in full or the project cannot be completed as set out in the application, the Biochemical Society may require repayment of part or the entire value of the grant as appropriate. 

10. Termination of agreement

The Biochemical Society reserves the right to terminate funding agreements should conditions in the acceptance letter not be agreed or met.

11. General Conditions

  • The Recipient must acknowledge the Biochemical Society grant by email within a week of receiving the offer email.
  • The Biochemical Society logo will be provided by the Biochemical Society and must be displayed on all published material which arises from the grant project, either online or in print. At any event(s) which take place as a result of funding, the recipient must ensure any marketing materials provided by the Biochemical Society are displayed at all times.
  • The Biochemical Society cannot be held responsible for any of the Recipient’s debts or liabilities.
  • The Recipient is responsible for obtaining their own financial and legal advice.
  • The Recipient must act in accordance with government legislation and is responsible for obtaining any licenses, permissions and insurances that are necessary by law.
  • In the case of original research being produced as a result of the Biochemical Society Diversity in Science grant scheme, the Biochemical Society must be acknowledged as the funder of this research in all publications. The intellectual property of the work will remain with the individual(s), groups, charities or businesses by whom it was carried out.