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Communicating Immunology

We are still accepting Communicating Immunology Grant applications. We're keen to hear of projects for engaging the public about COVID-19 and welcome digital or online project ideas. Applications for face-to-face activities must follow current Government COVID-19 guidelines at the time the event takes place. Please get in touch with Erika Aquino for guidance or with any questions.

The aims of the BSI Communicating Immunology Grants are to:

  • stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wide range of audiences
  • support formal and informal learning about immunology
  • promote potential careers options within immunology and inspire future researchers

Application deadlines

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • 15 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October


Each grant is worth up to a maximum of £1,000 


At least one named applicant on the grant must have been a  member of the BSI for at least one year. Members can apply for one Communicating Immunology grant per year.

How to apply

You can submit an application by emailing a completed application form to Erika Aquino.

Before completing the application form, please read the guidelines and conditions of the Communicating Immunology Grant scheme to ensure that your project meets our criteria. You can also find out about some of the projects we have funded in previous rounds here

Download application form (Word)

Download application form (PDF)

Guidelines and conditions

Applications to the Communicating Immunology Grant scheme will be judged on the criteria below by a panel of BSI Public Engagement Secretary and external science communicators. Please consider the judging criteria when completing your application form.

Judging criteria:

  • Effectiveness/potential of the proposed project to stimulate interest and/or debate about immunology
  • Relevance and suitability for the proposed target audience
  • The relevance of the proposed project to immunology
  • The originality of the proposed project
  • The impact of the project in terms of the number of people expected to be reached and evidence of potential long-term benefits/sustainability (resource production, training, wider roll-out)
  • The quality of the proposed evaluation
  • Plans to disseminate learning to peers and increase impact
  • The feasibility of the project given the proposed timeline and budget

Additional criteria that may be considered by the judges:

  • The formation of collaborative partnerships for example between schools, universities, organisations and industry
  • Whether the project can be re-run or organised by others
  • Previous experience of applicants (though this should NOT deter first time applicants)

Communicating Immunology Grants are NOT for:

  • Specialised audiences or those already studying immunology, for example biomedical science undergraduates
  • Use at events where the promotion of an institution or organisation is central, or when promoting recruitment to a particular institution or organisation
  • Supporting commercial activities
  • Any use other than the funded event/activity
  • Please note, we are unlikely to provide funding for food/drink receptions as part of an activity, unless it can be shown this is integral to the success of the activity.

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

  • The support of the event by the BSI should be acknowledged in all event/activity related branding. The BSI can supply logos and promotional items upon request.
  • The Society reserves the right to have a staff representative attend the activity if deemed appropriate.
  • After the project has finished, a report (detailing activities, outcomes, and recommendations) must be submitted to the BSI for publication on the BSI’s website to allow for other individuals to run similar activities in the future
  • A short article to publicise the project may be requested by the Society’ for publication in our quarterly member’s magazine Immunology News.
  • Resources produced should be made publicly available on the BSI or another website for others 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 recipients
  • Unspent money should be returned to the BSI

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