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.

Please note:  HIS is currently in the process of revising its Grants Portfolio, Terms and Conditions and application forms.  Updated application forms will be available from mid-December. A draft version of the updated terms and conditions are available below. 

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 (up to £800,000 for a research programme of up to five years in duration) will aim 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 Young Investigator Award

  • The award has been established for trainees who are medical graduates, nurses, clinical scientists or bio-medical scientists
  • 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.

  • Travel Grants are awarded at the discretion of HIS
  • They are primarily intended to enable trainees and junior members of staff to attend meetings of educational benefit
  • They are generally awarded to individuals who have abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentation
  • The size of the grant awarded will not normally exceed £750. The awards are intended to cover travel, accommodation, subsistence expenses and registration fees
  • Travel Grant applications may be submitted at any time


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.

Terms and Conditions

A draft version of the updated Terms and Conditions document is now available.  This document should be used as a guide for applicants.  Although the document is draft version, HIS does not envisage major changes to the document.

Application Guidance

The application process and forms for HIS grants are currently under review. Please email if you have any questions relating to HIS awards.