Carers Support Grants

The BMSS is wholly committed to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in the Society’s activities. The BMSS EDI Sub-Committee have instigated the ‘BMSS Carers Support Fund’ to facilitate attendance at scientific meetings (including but not limited to BMSS events) by our members with caring commitments. We have identified caring responsibilities as a key barrier to peer retention & progression in science for those with such obligations. The BMSS wish to alleviate the practical challenges that carers face when striving for professional advancement through participation at scientific meetings.

The BMSS Carers Support Fund will provide funding typically up to £150 (per application) to assist with the costs of care incurred as a result of attending a scientific meeting, conference or workshop that involves mass spectrometry; this may be online or in person. Applications will be assessed on an individual basis however examples of the types of expenses this would fund include:

  • Expenses incurred by employing home help/nursing care/medical support/respite care, etc., for the dependant person(s) whilst the applicant is attending a mass spectrometry event.
  • Travel & subsistence expenses to allow a relative/trusted individual to provide assistance to the applicant’s dependant person(s) whilst the applicant is attending a mass spectrometry event.
  • Costs of extended hours for a care worker/childminder/play scheme provider, etc., to support the applicant’s absence whilst attending a mass spectrometry event.

BMSS Carers Support Fund grants will be available from January 2020. The BMSS EDI Sub-Committee invite applications continuously through the year. These funds will be available to all BMSS members - irrespective of career stage, who demonstrate that their professional development as a mass spectrometrist will be enabled through such support by the Society.



If you have any questions about the Carers Support Fund please do not hesitate to contact the BMSS EDI Sub-Committe: Acting Chair - Dr Lindsay Harding (University of Huddersfield) -


Assistance is only available to BMSS members with a minimum of three calendar months standing at the time of application. All members with caring responsibilities are eligible to apply. Only one application per person per calendar year (01 January to 31 December) will be considered, with a maximum of one award granted per annum. The applicant must demonstrate that the care provision requested is normally provided by the applicant. The Committee reserves the right to limit the number of awards made to any one individual, organisation or department.

Terms and Conditions

The successful applicant will be asked to acknowledge the BMSS on any scientific presentations (facilitated by the grant) by including a copy of the BMSS logo. This can be obtained from the BMSS Administrator.


The BMSS EDI Sub-Committee will accept applications year round on a first come first served basis until the allocated funding has been exhausted. Retrospective applications WILL NOT be accepted. The maximum award that can be made is normally limited to £150 however we encourage applicants to contact the EDI Sub-Committee Chair to discuss your application if you feel you require increased support. Applicants will be required to submit receipts and/or other proof of expense prior to the funds being released.

Members can click here to apply.