New Lecturer Research Grant

For newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a higher education institute, to pump-prime their microbiological research.

The New Lecturer Research Grant is Applied Microbiology International's most popular and competitive grant. The grant is available for newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a higher education institute and can be used to pump-prime their microbiological research.

It will not normally be awarded to applicants who have already received a major research grant from other sources.


The maximum individual grant is £10,000.


  • The applicant must be an existing Full Member of the Society.
  • The applicant must have at least two full years of membership history prior to submitting their application, and must not have lapsed on their membership at the time of application.
  • Only applications from academics in their first academic appointment in a higher education institute will be considered for this award.
  • Applicants should apply within 3 years of the start date of their appointment. This grant is not available to research fellows or postdoctoral researchers.
  • Applicants need not necessarily be in a ‘microbiology’ lecturer post, but their research field and proposed project should be in the field of applied microbiology.
  • This grant will not normally be awarded to applicants who have already received a major research grant (£30,000+) from other sources.
  • A successful applicant cannot re-apply to the fund.

What AMI offers

  • Maximum funding available is £10,000. Applied Microbiology International will not fund the full economic cost of research.
  • The successful candidate will be eligible to receive an automatic waiver for Article Publication Charges (APCs) for one publication arising from work supported by the grant when publishing in one of Applied Microbiology International’s journals.

How we assess your application

The New Lecturer Research Grant is allocated on a competitive basis and in relation to the funds available. In any given financial year there are a restricted number of these grants 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:

  • How important are the questions, or gaps in knowledge, that are being addressed?
  • What are the prospects for good scientific progress?
  • Are the funds requested essential for the work?

Terms & Conditions

  • A successful candidate will receive funds payable to their INSTITUTION ONLY. Claims for reimbursement must be made every 3–4 months and be completed within 18 months from the date of the award. Claims made after this period will NOT be paid.
  • Claims must be supported by a breakdown of expenditure and all relevant invoices/receipts.
  • The recipient must present a poster or oral presentation at an Applied Microbiology International conference, meeting, symposium or workshop. Additional funding will be provided to facilitate the presentation.
  • A feature report about the funded work and the legacy potential of the research (1,000 to 1,500 words) must be provided for the Microbiologist magazine WITH the FINAL claim. No payment will be made without this documentation.
  • Applied Microbiology International should be acknowledged in any publications that arise from the research.

How to apply

  • To submit an application, please click the “Apply Now” button to complete the application form.
  • Applicants must provide a CV with their application.
  • Applicants must apply at least 8 weeks before the proposed start of any project.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within six weeks of the grant deadline.

In 2022, Applied Microbiology International had a record number of applications for the New Lecturer Research Grant, and was able to award three outstanding scientists.

Tosin Somorin, University of Strathclyde

Decarbonising wastewater sludge treatment (de-waste): understanding carbon enrichment and simultaneous nutrient balancing and recovery in partially digested solids.


Tosin Somorin

Dr Tosin Somorin is a Chancellor Fellow and Lecturer in Energy at the University of Strathclyde. She holds a Ph.D. in Gas Turbine Engineering with a specialisation in sustainable biofuels, along with degrees in microbiology and biotechnology. Her research focuses on energy and environmental engineering, with emphasis on sustainable conversion of waste to value-added products; and integrated bio-processes and energy technologies. This research area addresses global energy inequalities and waste problems, contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and key strategic areas of focus for Applied Microbiology International.

Maitreyi Shivkumar, De Montford University

Investigation of norovirus disinfection using a novel catalyst.


Maitreyi Shivkumar

Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology in the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge on host entry and dissemination of herpesviruses in mouse models. Following this, she was a post-doc at University College London studying HIV-1 spread between T cells, before joining De Montfort University in 2019. Her research interests are in understanding host-pathogen interactions, with a focus on virology.

Stephen Kelly, Queens University Belfast

From discovery to application: exploiting the microbiomes of extreme environments for use in microbial biotechnology.


Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiomics. His research is centred on microbiome analysis and functional exploitation for pharmaceutical and healthcare applications. His interests include the exploitation of microbiomes from extreme environments for the production of biocatalytic enzymes for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as microbiome monitoring of clinical environments to improve healthcare outcomes.