Small Research Projects and Equipment Fund

For Associate and Full Members supervising a postgraduate research student.

Applied Microbiology wish to encourage the development of research capacity through involving postgraduate students and early career researchers and has a limited number of Small Research Projects and Equipment Fund grants available.

The grants are for AMI members supervising a postgraduate research student and covers consumables, bench fees, or a small piece of equipment required to complete pilot projects, proof of principle studies any any new and innovative applied microbiology research.


The maximum amount available for the grant is £3000.


  • Applicants must be an existing Associate or Full Member of the Society.
  • The applicant must have at least one full year of membership history prior to submitting their application, and must not have lapsed on their membership at the time of application or project start date.
  • Applications must be received at least 6 weeks before the proposed project start date.
  • A successful applicant may not apply for further assistance from the Small Research Projects and Equipment Fund for 3 years.

What AMI offers

  • The maximum amount available for the grant is £3,000. The fund will cover consumables or a small piece of equipment. AMI will not fund the full economic cost of research.
  • Please note that the funding provided through the Small Research Projects and Equipment Fund cannot be used as payment in lieu of salary.
  • Free Student or Associate Membership will be offered to the student for one year if funding is successful.

How we assess your application

Small Research Projects and Equipment Fund grants are 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. However, members are free to apply again.

Applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Are the aims and objectives clear
  • Does the project contain sufficient applied microbiology content
  • Are the prospective outcomes achievable
  • Has the applicant shown adequate justification for the funding
  • Are the requested costs reasonable/cost effective

Terms & Conditions

  • Applied Microbiology International should be acknowledged in any publications that arise from the research and in the final thesis, and evidence provided to the organisation.
  • The applicant must complete an expense claim form that will be provided. Expenses will be paid in one instalment on production of original receipts. Claims must be made within 18 months of the project start date. No payment will be made without this documentation.
  • The applicants or student must provide a 750 word testimonial of how the grant has helped with their career development/scientific research within 15 months of the project start date. 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.

How to apply

  • To submit an application, please click the “Apply Now” button to complete the application form.
  • The applicant must provide a one-page overview of the research proposal and full justification for the support for funding.
  • A one-page CV of the supervisor must be included with the application.
  • Applications MUST be countersigned by the institution’s finance officer.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within six weeks of its submission.

In 2022, Applied Microbiology International funded two outstanding cutting-edge projects. These projects will benefit the postgraduate students involved with access to specialist equipment and enable them to conduct research alongside supervisors at the forefront of the applied microbiology:


Dr Michael Beeton, Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Student: Georgia Pugh

Project: Assessing the impact of human DNA depletion methods for clinical metagenomic analysis upon bacteria without a cell wall.


Dr Jonathan Butler, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Student: Nicole Britten

Project: Novel ruthenium-based antimicrobial agents for targeted chemotherapy against multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens