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Celebrate Vaccines grant scheme

On Thursday 26 March 2020, the BSI is holding a mass public engagement day to celebrate the importance of vaccines and the fundamental role of immunology research. This will feed into wider activities being held in the UK to champion the crucial role that vaccination plays in advancing global public health.

For the success of the project, we need BSI member to deliver public engagement events or activities on Thursday 26 March 2020, focussed on vaccines.

If you’d like to be involved but don’t have an idea for a project, we are also developing a vaccines public engagement kit. The kit, aimed at families and school children, will contain a range of materials and resources needed to deliver an event including interactive, hands-on activities, an educational PowerPoint presentation, short animations and infographics for you to use. All you need to do is source the audience and venue.

This is your chance to join an important and meaningful movement, as we spearhead the conversation on childhood vaccinations. This is a unique opportunity to inspire the public with your passion for immunology and support the BSI in celebrating the global impact of vaccines in saving lives and improving health.


The aims of the grants are to:

  • strengthen the understanding of vaccine immunology amongst a wide audience, helping the public in making informed decisions about their children’s health
  • showcase the benefits of vaccine research in advancing global public health
  • provide an opportunity for BSI members to share their passion for immunology research successes and celebrate vaccine research   
  • target diverse audiences in various locations around the UK including families and school children

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 February 2020. Applicants can expect to hear back within two weeks of the deadline.


Each grant is worth up to a maximum of £500. There are up to 12 grants to be awarded.


At least one named applicant on the grant must be a member of the BSI. Activities/events must be held on Thursday 26 March 2020.

How to apply

You can apply by emailing a completed application form to BSI Public Engagement Officer, Erika Aquino.

The application form can be downloaded here:

Download application form (Word)

Download application form (PDF)

Before completing the application form, please read the guidelines and terms & conditions below to ensure that your project meets our criteria. For any questions or for advice and support in completing the application, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Erika Aquino.

Terms & conditions

Once a grant is awarded the following conditions must be met:

  • The event/activity must take place on Thursday 26 March 2020.
  • All event branding and marketing must keep to the wider BSI ‘Celebrate Vaccines’ marketing strategy, including programme name and social media hashtags. The BSI will supply logos etc for promotional materials.
  • The BSI must be kept up-to-date with the progress of the project.
  • Risk assessments for all activities need to be provided to the BSI prior to the activities taking place.
  • All those participating in the event/activity must be aware of and follow the BSI’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.
  • Grant recipients must aim to ensure the event/activity is as inclusive as possible. This may include, but is not limited to, considering the accessibility of the venue, the communities engaged, and the immunologists involved.
  • The BSI reserves the right to have a staff representative attend the activity if deemed appropriate.
  • Any resources produced will be made available to the BSI for other members and the public to use. Grant recipients give the BSI the right to use and adapt resources to further the Society’s aims. The BSI will always give appropriate acknowledgement to the grant recipients.
  • After the project has finished, an evaluation form will be returned to the BSI within four weeks.

The grant is NOT for:

  • Use at events where the promotion of an institution or organisation is central, or when promoting recruitment to an institution or organisation.
  • Supporting commercial activities.
  • Any use other than the funded event/activity.
  • Food/drink receptions as part of an activity, unless it can be shown this is integral to the success of the activity.

Guidelines and judging criteria

Applications will be judged on the criteria below by BSI staff, experienced in public engagement. Please consider the judging criteria when completing your application form. Due to the competitive nature of the grant, applications must score over 75% and we will only be able to fund the 12 top scoring applications.

We may have questions for applicants after submission that require a response before funding can be awarded.

Judging criteria:

  1. If applying with a vaccine immunology-related project
  1. Value of the proposal to vaccine immunology and the BSI
    • The relevance of the project to vaccine immunology and the ability to enhance public understanding of the topic
  1. Value of the proposal to the audience
    • The relevance and suitability of the project for the proposed target audience
    • The feasibility of reaching the proposed target audience
    • The impact of the project in terms of the number of people expected to be reached and the quality of the interaction with those reached
  1. Project planning
    • The achievability of the project given the timeline and budget


  1. If applying to run an event using a BSI vaccines activity kit
  1. Value of the proposal to the audience
    • The feasibility of reaching the target family/school audience
    • The impact of the project in terms of the number of people expected to be reached and the quality of the interaction with those reached
  2. Project planning
    • The achievability of the project given the timeline and budget


If you have any questions about the grant scheme or your application, please contact Erika Aquino.