Capacity Building Grant

The purpose of the Capacity Building Grant is to provide resources to enhance education and training of applied microbiology in developing countries.

We want to receive applications for projects that truly aim to involve and empower individuals – projects that will involve working with those communities with high levels of economic deprivation to ensure we are reaching, training, and working with the most under-resourced microbiologists in the society at large.

  • Open to current AMI Full members with a minimum of 13 months continuous active membership.
  • Applicants may only apply for this grant once in any 2-year period. (If the project is suitable and further support is required after the first year, this may be considered, and the applicant must submit justification for further funding support.)
Grant Details and Financial Support:
  • Under normal circumstances a maximum of £5,000 (or equivalent currency) will be available for an individual award.
Application Requirements:
  • Applications must be fully justified, and a clear breakdown of costs should be presented with the application. Only those items listed within the application will be considered for funding.
  • Applications to visit a facility or laboratory must be accompanied by a letter of support from that institution, including full contact details.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within six weeks of its submission.
Selection Criteria:
  • The International Capacity Building Fund is allocated on a competitive basis and in relation to the funds available. The award of this grant is at sole discretion of the Grants Award Panel. The Grants Award Panel’s decision is final, and we are not able to enter into dialogue about our evaluation process.

    Applications are assessed on the basis of all, or some of, the following criteria:

    • Geographical need
    • Contextual need
    • Deliverability
    • Value for money
    • Sustainability
    • Resource management
Post-Project Requirements:
  • The applicant must complete the expense claim provided to them which must be received by Applied Microbiology International within 12 weeks of the date of the project completion, along with all relevant ORIGINAL and itemised receipts to support the claim (cardholder copies alone will NOT be accepted). Claims will NOT be accepted for any personal items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries or household items. No payment will be made without this documentation.
  • Reimbursement of expenses will be made as a single bank transfer directly into an appropriate bank account, normally in GB pounds sterling, euro or US/Canadian/Australian dollars. Under NO circumstances will intermediary banks be used.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they have sufficient funds available to cover the full cost of the visit until reimbursement is made to them by AMI.
  • A feature report (800 to 1,000 words) about any work funded by Applied Microbiology International must be provided for publication in The Microbiologist magazine within 12 weeks of the date of the project completion. No payment will be made without this documentation.
Application Process:
  • Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the project start date.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel and decisions communicated within four weeks of submission.

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