- for scientists with an interest in the extracellular matrix -

Couchman Travel Award

This award is funded by a generous donation from Prof John Couchman and is aimed at non-tenured BSMB members at all career stages to attend both UK and European meetings relating to matrix biology.

Regulations for the new UK meeting awards (≈10 per year).

1. Student and full members at early career stages are encouraged to apply for the award to attend a BSMB meeting. All applicants must be BSMB members in good standing and have joined the Society at least 3 months before the opening day of the relevant meeting. In general, those full members who have not yet attained a tenured position (or equivalent) will be prioritised. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an award via this scheme. Applicants must be affiliated to a recognised academic institution.

2. Applicants must submit an abstract of the work to be presented at the meeting, either by poster or platform presentation. The abstract should contain all relevant information regarding affiliation and co-authors. Application should be made within the “early-bird” time frame on the current bursary form here. Applications should be sent to Qing-jun Meng and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

3. The award will have a value of £150, which will be provided to successful applicants after the meeting has concluded. Proof of attendance at the meeting may be required.

4. The BSMB logo should be included with an acknowledgment on the poster or as a component of the oral presentation.

5. Decisions on the award of awards are at the discretion of the Chair of the BSMB bursary committee.

Regulations for the new European meeting awards (2 per year).

1. Student and full members at early career stages are encouraged to apply for the award to attend a matrix-related meeting anywhere in Europe, including the biennual MBE meetings. All applicants must be BSMB members in good standing, have attended one or more BSMB meetings in person and be affiliated to a recognised academic institution. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an award via this scheme.

2. Applicants should submit an abstract of the work to be presented at the meeting, either a poster or platform presentation. The abstract should contain all relevant information regarding affiliation and co-authors. Application should be made in good time before the meeting on the current bursary form here. Applications should be sent to Qing-jun Meng and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

3. The award will have a value of up to £300, which will be provided to successful applicants after the meeting has concluded. Proof of attendance at the meeting is required, along with relevant receipts. Wherever possible, awardees should use ground (public) transportation to the meeting site.

4. The BSMB logo should be included with an acknowledgment on the poster or as a component of the oral presentation.

5. Decisions on the award of these bursaries are at the discretion of the Chair of the BSMB bursary committee.