HIS provides a range of funding to talented individuals in the scientific and medical community who share the Society's vision of a world in which healthcare-associated infections have been reduced to negligible levels.

Overview of the Grants Programme

A document outlining the HIS grants programme, the peer review process and scoring criteria is available here.

Terms and Conditions

The complete updated and finalised Terms and Conditions document is now available (Word or PDF).  

Any application for a Research Grant or Fellowship must be accompanied by signed and authorised terms and conditions, in order for the application to be accepted and to progress beyond the triage process.


Application Guidance

Guidance regarding each award is available on the relevant page. Please email if you have any questions relating to HIS awards.

Submitting an application:

Travel Grants:  Please use the application form available on the Travel Grant page.  Applications will not be reviewed unless they are accompanied by an abstract and confirmation that your abstract has been accepted by the meeting or conference.

Research Grants and Fellowships:  Please read the required documentation for each award carefully.  Applications will not accpeted unless thay are accompanied by the documentation indicated in each application form.


Strategic Research Grant 


The Healthcare Infection Society is pleased to announce the launch of a Strategic Research Grant call for 2018. 

The theme will be ‘Cost-effective antimicrobial stewardship in the prevention and control of nosocomial infections'

The Society is committed to supporting excellence in research, and this grant funding scheme (for an ambitious project with a minimum budget of £500,000  and a maximum budget of £800,000) for a research programme of three to five years in duration aims to ensure that clinical practice in infection prevention and control is consistent with the latest scientific knowledge. The application process for funding will have two stages: i) an initial expressions of interest and, ii)  an (invited) full application.  Further guidance is available here.

Major Research Grant - up to £33,000 per year

Suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment.

  • Grants for longer than one year will be subject to satisfactory annual reports
  • Closing date for applications:  September 1 2018


Small Research Grants

  • Suitable to support small-scale research projects, or possibly the costs associated with the visit of an overseas research fellow.
  • Small grants are normally non-recurring.
  • Closing dates for applications:  Round 1: March 1 2018 & Round 2: September 1 2018

The Graham Ayliffe Fellowship Award – up to £63,000 for 1 year

To enable trainees and  nurses currently working in the field of infection prevention and control to take a one year paid leave of absence to pursue their specialist area by broadening their knowledge base and imparting that knowledge to the wider scientific community.  

Closing date for applications:  March 1 2018


The Mike Emmerson Early Career Research Award

The award has been established to support specialty trainees and IPC practitioners (such as medical graduates, nurses, clinical scientists or bio-medical scientists) at the beginning of their research career to pursue research in the science of IPC and HCAI.

The criteria for this award include scientific merit, the stage of the career of the applicant and whether the individual is likely to receive funding from other sources.  The grants will be available for sum up to £10,000

  • Closing date for applications: March 1 2018

Travel Grants

Please note only HIS Members are eligible to apply for Travel Grants or Trainee Travel Bursaries.

  • International members who a part of an overseas training programme must be either full or associate members to be eligible to apply for a travel grant.
  • Travel Grants are awarded at the discretion of HIS.
  • The grants are primarily intended to enable trainees and junior members of staff to attend and present at scientific and meetings.
  • Applicants must have confirmation that their abstract(s) are accepted for oral or poster presentation.
  • The size of the grant awarded will not exceed £750. The awards are intended to contribute to travel, accommodation, subsistence expenses and registration fees.
  • Travel Grant applications may be submitted at any time but must include evidence that the abstract has been accepted for presentation.


Trainee Travel Bursaries

The Society offers discretionary bursaries up to £50 towards the cost of attending HIS trainee days for HIS Trainee Members only.

To apply, complete and return the bursary form (available in [Word] or [PDF]) together with receipts, either at the event or within one month of the event.

Please visit the Education & Events page to find out more about the Trainee Education Programme.