BNA-Brain Carer grants

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the support of the Guarantors of Brain, the BNA is awarding Carer Grants of up to £300 to help cover expenses associated with caring responsibilities and thereby enable participation in either BNA-hosted or external neuroscience events.

These BNA-Brain Carer Grants are inclusive of different circumstances and varied caring responsibilities, and can be used to support the attendance of in-person or online events.  They are simply intended to enable participation of neuroscientists in a conference, workshop, training or other activity that is of benefit to their research, teaching or career, which would otherwise be difficult or impossible due to their caring responsibilities.

Who are the BNA-Brain Carer Grants for?

We appreciate that there are multiple ways in which people manage caring responsibilities and we welcome applications from a broad range of family systems.

It might be that parents of school age children apply for a grant to access a paid-for online learning programme for older children. Carers of younger children might want to access professional childcare. People may be caring for older relatives or neighbours, and need a professional carer to allow them time to participate in events.

BNA-Brain Carer grants can be used to support participation of any delegate attending either a BNA-hosted or external neuroscience event, whether or not they are presenting any work. This includes in-person or online events.

You can apply for a BNA-Brain Carer grant at any career stage, from student to professor.

Preference will be given to those with younger children and/or extenuating circumstances.

What will BNA-Brain Carer grants support?

We recognise that everyone’s circumstances will be different, and we want these grants to meet as many different and varied needs as possible.  So long as you can provide a good case for why you need a grant to cover costs, it will be considered for funding.  Such costs could include but are not limited to:

  • Costs of a childcare provider, either in your home or in an external setting
  • Cost of an in-home carer for dependent, or cost of an external care setting
  • Access to teaching or other activities for older children
  • Any other activity/purpose for helping delegates to meet caring responsibilities

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a BNA-Brain Carer grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a member of the BNA at the time of application. You can join here straight away:
  • Awards are open to anyone at any career stage (students, postdocs, ECRs, clinicians, PIs or others) with dependents or caring responsibilities.
  • Awards are to enable participation in meetings or activities that further your research, teaching or career, or otherwise support the neuroscience sector.
  • Preference is given to more junior attendees, those with younger children, presenters, and those with extenuating circumstances.

What information do I need to provide?

To apply for a grant just fill in the form below.  You will be asked to provide:

  • Contact details and basic demographics
  • Information about the event or activity you wish to attend, and how you will benefit from participating (max 200 words)
  • Basic information about your caring responsibilities (for children or others)
  • How much you’re applying for, up to a maximum of £300
  • Outline how you will use the funding (max 200 words)
  • Any special considerations we should take into account e.g. single parenthood (max 200 words)

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