About our grants and awards

2020 Grants and awards

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have regrettably suspended our conference and institutional grants programme until further notice. If you need to contact us, IME staff are working from home and calls to the office (01925-299733) are being diverted. If your call goes to answerphone, please leave a message or alternatively you can email us: contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org and we will get back to you asap.

The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) offers grants, student elective bursaries, and scholarships (covering the next academic year) for students wishing to do an intercalated degree in medical ethics or an allied subject.

Unless otherwise stated, applicants do not need to be IME members to be considered for a grant/award.

Institutional grants to support meetings or other activities of which medical ethics is a substantial and explicit component are also available.

Please note that each award has its own application form and that closing dates may differ. You can download the relevant documents below.

Conference Grants

Conference grants are awarded to UK based early career academics/clinicians, UK based undergraduate medical students and UK based postgraduate students studying for their MA, MPhil or PhD in medical ethics or bioethics (and includes F1 & 2 doctors) to support attendance at meetings or conferences of which medical ethics is a substantial and explicit component. Conference grants are available throughout the year.

Postgraduates/Foundation Year Doctors:

Postgraduate & Foundation Doctor Conference Grant Application Form (Word)

Postgraduate & Foundation Doctor Conference Grant Application Form (PDF)

Postgraduate & Foundation Doctor Conference Grant Guidelines (Word)

Postgraduate & Foundation Doctor Conference Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Undergraduates:

Undergraduate Conference Grant Application Form (Word)

Undergraduate Conference Grant Application Form (PDF)

Undergraduate Conference Grant Guidelines (Word)

Undergraduate Conference Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Early Career Academics/Clinicians:

ECA Conference Grant Application Form (Word)

ECA Conference Grant Application Form (PDF) 

ECA Conference Grant Guidelines (Word) 

ECA Conference Grant Guidelines (PDF)


Institutional Grants

Grants of up to £500 will be considered to support meetings or other activities of which medical ethics is a substantial and explicit component and which promote understanding of ethical issues related to health care. Institutional grants are available throughout the year.

Student applications must be made jointly with a member of staff.

Institutional Grant Application Form (Word) 

Institutional Grant Application Form (PDF)

Institutional Grant Guidelines (Word) 

Institutional Grant Guidelines (PDF) 

**NEW** Special Institutional Grants

For 2020, the IME is offering three Special Institutional Grants, each worth up to £5000, to support sustainable educational activities. Activities could be annual conferences, a series of debates, or a programme of courses which should promote understanding of ethical issues related to health care. We are particularly keen to support activities that foster links between bioethicists and clinicians and which are/will be part of a sustainable programme of activity.

The grant may be used to support an existing activity or to enable the setting up of a new activity. In both cases it is expected that the institution will support the activity and ensure its sustainability over future years.

 

The application round is now closed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by early April 2020.

Special Institutional Grant Application Form (Word)

Special Institutional Grant Application Form (PDF)

Special Institutional Grant Guidelines (Word)

Special Institutional Grant Guidelines (PDF) 

Medical Student Electives

Bursaries of up to £800 each to support Medical Student Electives, or exceptionally Special Study Modules, on issues in medical ethics.

The BMA website provides a toolkit that can be helpful for ethics and medical electives in resource-poor countries

The application round is currently closed. The next round will open later this year. 


Medical Student Intercalated Scholarships

Scholarships are available worth up to £2,000 each to support students who wish to do an intercalated degree in Medical Ethics commencing 2020. Students may apply for a scholarship before they know the outcome of their course application. (See point 9 of the guidelines).

We are currently accepting applications - the closing date is 23.59pm Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Intercalated Scholarship Application Form (Word)

Intercalated Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

Intercalated Scholarship Guidelines (Word) 

Intercalated Scholarship Guidelines (PDF)

Research methods in medical ethics (Word) 

Research methods in medical ethics (PDF) 

For further information about any of our grants, please email contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org.

IME Annual Seminar Competition 2019/2020

This round is now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Friday 31st January 2020. All funds must be spent by 30th December 2020.

What We Offer

We fund projects in the region of £2,500-£3,500, and we expect to make approximately 3-4 awards per year. All costs need to be carefully justified, so we encourage applicants to consider value for money when costing their proposal. Applications will not be considered where the amount of support required from the IME is less than £500, or where the event is targeted at staff or students from a single institution.

Eligibility

Applications will only be accepted from IME members, but no restrictions are placed on the professional background of this lead applicant (e.g. academia, research, clinical practice). Whilst early career researchers are encouraged to apply, applications led by, or aimed at postgraduate (including doctoral) students are not permitted via this scheme. Postgraduate students may be listed as co-applicants for this scheme, but are otherwise encouraged to contact the IME’s Postgraduate Committee for alternative funding opportunities.

 

What We Fund


The money can be used to support the delivery of an individual seminar, workshop or short conference, or to support a series of events. Provided that applicants can show relevance to the aims and objectives of the IME, there are no restrictions concerning the subject matter, although applicants should be able to demonstrate clear benefits of the proposed activity to the wider biomedical ethics community (for example through the identification of new areas for inter-disciplinary scholarship, developments in methodology or theory, or through broader research/scholarship capacity building activities). Innovation in activity content and design, as well as collaboration with clinical practitioners is encouraged. Participants must also be able to demonstrate wide-reaching dissemination plans for the outcomes of their event in order to maximise the impact and benefit for the biomedical ethics community.

Please apply using this form ensuring that you take a note of the application rules.

If you have any queries, contact Phil Greenwood: philg@instituteofmedicalethics.org