John Beynon Travel and Conference Fund

This fund is dedicated to the memory of John Beynon, an eminent mass spectrometrist and one of the founders of our Society. In a career spanning four decades, John Beynon visited and collaborated with many notable scientists and was awarded the BMSS Aston Medal to recognise his contributions to the field of mass spectrometry.

We have changed our travel grant criteria. The major changes are:

  • increase in maximum amount available
  • three submission deadlines per year

See below for full details.


  1. The BMSS will hold three calls per calendar year, at which time applications received will be considered. Retrospective applications WILL NOT be accepted.
  2. Deadlines for submission to each call will be on the last day of February, May and August.
  3. If attending a conference, the applicant should normally be presenting.
  4. Applicants will be expected to seek an economical mode of transport.
  5. The maximum award that can be made is normally limited to £350. Applicants will be required to submit receipts and/or other proof of expense prior to the funds being released.
  6. Applications to attend BMSS meetings and evidence of funding from other sources will be looked upon favourably.
  7. Applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis.


  1. Assistance is only available to BMSS members of three calendar months standing at the close of the call.
  2. All members are eligible to apply, however preference will normally be given to students and other early-career researchers
  3. Only one application per person per calendar year (1 January to 31 December) will be considered, with a maximum of one award granted.
  4. The Committee reserves the right to limit the number of awards made to any one individual, organisation or department.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The successful applicant will be asked to acknowledge the BMSS on their presentations by including a copy of the BMSS logo. This can be obtained from the General Secretary or the BMSS Administrator
  2. The successful applicant must produce a conference report and that report must be sent to the General Secretary of the BMSS within one month of the meeting end. Failure to do so will be looked on unfavourably for future grant applications, either personally or for the applicant’s supervisor
  3. The BMSS Committee may elect to publish the conference report in the BMSS Newsletter or on the BMSS Web Pages or in other similar BMSS material. Therefore the conference report should be of good quality and concise; two pages should be a maximum.

Members can click here to apply