Research Grant
Deadline: 8 January 2021
The Scientific Instrument Society (SIS) awards small grants, of up to £750 each, for research on the history of scientific instruments. Applications for the 2021 SIS Grants Scheme are now open; the deadline for applications is 1200 GMT on 8 January 2021.
To learn more of the Society, or to join, visit
The short application form may be found at
Applicants do not need to have any institutional affiliation and applications that are for less than the maximum grant are just as welcome — a properly costed proposal with a clear relevance to the Society’s interests in historic scientific instruments, a realistic timetable and a clear tangible result or question to be answered are the most important factors that the committee will be considering.
Successful grant holders will have 18 months from the date of award to complete their research and claim the funds.
Grants are open to applicants from any country, and both members and non-members of the Scientific Instrument Society may apply. Previous applicants are also welcome to apply, provided that an article based on their first research grant has already been submitted to the SIS Bulletin.
Please note that the grant awarded will be paid against actual receipted expenditure and funds cannot be paid in advance. The grant is intended to cover items such as travel, accommodation (excluding meals) and photocopying costs. We are unable to fund attendance at or travel to conferences, or contribute to the cost of outreach projects such as events and exhibitions.
Further information on what the Society can support and the terms and conditions of the award can be found at
Examples of previously successful applicants may be found at
Questions? For any queries regarding SIS grants, please e-mail