The BIA aims to foster excellence in all aspects of clinical infection-related research by supporting patient-facing researchers-in-training to achieve high-quality clinical and basic research in the field of infection. Please click here for more details of the BIA Research Strategy.
BIA grant calls are announced every autumn and are responsive to the clinical and academic environment. Details of recent and active grant calls can be found below.
BIA Research Project Grants - Applications closed
These awards provide consumables costs for trainees undertaking an infection-related research project in an academic centre in the UK or Ireland. It is envisaged funds would be used to support preliminary study in a field with intention of developing the work either through a research fellowship or as an independent investigator.
Type of Award: Up to three awards will be made of up to £10,000 per annum for 12 months to cover non-salary costs of research only.
Closing Date: 31 January 2021
Application Process: Applications for 2021 now closed
Tenure: 1 year
Eligibility: UK or Ireland-based clinically-qualified trainees in infection or infection-related specialities who are not in a Consultant-level post. This includes nurses, pharmacists and other patient-facing careers. All applicants must be supported by a named supervisor(s) at place on intended research.
BIA Research Fellowship - currently under review
This award provides salary and consumables costs for trainees undertaking infection-related research in an academic centre in the UK (or appropriate UK-linked centre overseas).
For previous and existing Fellowship holders, the End of Grant report form can be found here.
BIA Clinical Exchange Award - currently under review
These awards support trainees undertaking clinical or research placements overseas in the area of infection.
Barnett Christie Lecture at FIS 2021
Each year the BIA invites applications to deliver this highly prestigious lecture at the conference of the Federation of Infection Societies.
The successful applicant will be invited to give a lecture at the annual meeting of the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS), being held this year face-to-face in Manchester on Friday 5th November and online Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th November.
Award: In addition to presenting this BIA lecture, the award winner will receive £500 and full sponsorship to attend the FIS Conference.
- UK and Ireland-based based clinically-qualified trainees in infection or infection-related specialties who are not in a Consultant-level post.
- UK and Ireland-based non-clinical post-doctoral scientists within 4 years of PhD and not in a tenured academic or top-grade scientist post. If you are beyond 4 years since awarding of PhD, but have had career breaks (e.g. for maternity, paternity or other reasons), you could still be eligible and should explain the situation in a covering email or letter with the application.
Application process: A two side outline of a proposed lecture plus a short curriculum vitae, listing all publications and other relevant scientific achievements should be sent by e-mail to the BIA Secretariat, at bia@firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 15th September 2021
BIA Travel Awards - currently under review
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel, these awards are currently suspended. They will be announced once conference travel re-starts. These awards support travel to major national or international meetings, in particular, ASM, ICAAC, IDSA, and ECCMID to present original research, where the abstract is already accepted. Accommodation and registration costs may also be included, up to the £1000 grant limit.
BIA Travel From Overseas Award - currently under review
To support attendance at the Federation of Infection Societies Meeting. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel, these awards are currently suspended.