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Grants & Awards

Early Career Grant

To provide support to endocrinologists up to 10 years post-PhD in a variety of ways.

Grants may be awarded for resources to gain preliminary data before applying for other external funding, resources to finalise a project or short term salary funding. This is a non-exclusive list of examples.



Deadlines for this grant are at 11:59 am BST on Wednesday 20 November 2019


up to £10,000


  • Applications should normally be from post-docs or, in exceptional cases, from applicants within the final year of a PhD; the project should also be one that is distinct from that done during a PhD
  • Applicants are normally academic or academic-related staff members. If not, a letter of support is required by the principal investigator or clinical team leader
  • Applications submitted by members at recognised Higher Education Research Institute and/or Medical Institution will be considered
  • Applicants must be Society members, within 10 years of completion of their postgraduate However, if there are extenuating circumstances, for instance a career break, please supply details
  • Full, Associate and Nurse Members must hold a minimum of one year’s membership. Scientist-in-Training and Clinician-in-Training Members may must hold a minimum of six months’ membership
  • One of the successful applications at each deadline will be funded by the Society's Marjorie Robinson Fund which supports research into disease of the adrenal and/or pituitary glands

How to apply

Apply for a grant online. You will be asked to logon using your SfE membership details. Below is a summary of the guidelines that markers use in the selection process.

Online Early Career Grant application


Marking guidelines for applicants

Template for final reports


  • Applications submitted by a member based in a recognised Higher Education Research Institute and/or Medical Institution will be considered

  • The Society for Endocrinology is a small charity which is able to support the work of a limited number of early career researchers by providing grants to support the direct costs of research projects.  Acceptance of this grant, if awarded, will imply that the institution is prepared to meet the full economic costs from its own sources of funding
  • Each eligible member may receive one Early Career grant during their career
  • The Society requires two written reports from the applicant no later than 15 months after receipt of the grant.  One academic report (max 1000 words) demonstrating how the grant benefited themselves, and enabled significant advances in endocrine science/medicine as a whole.  This report should also include details of any further funding generated from the initial funding as well as publications resulting from the grant or papers submitted.  The report may be published on the Society’s website
  • We also require a short article (100-200 words) which may be published in The EndocrinologistThis short report should focus on how the award has improved or changed the successful applicant’s career.  Please send any relevant photos electronically for inclusion in the short report. Both reports must be submitted to the Society no later than 12 months after receipt of the grant
  • The Society reserves the right to publish successful applicants' final reports
  • Use of Animals – we provide grants data to the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) on a yearly basis about whether animals are used in an award. Awardees are required to complete an animal studies questionnaire.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any other researchers who benefit from the grant join the Society, ensure that this is followed up and is written into the project briefing. The membership fee may be included in the grant application
  • The successful applicants must recognise the award on their departmental website with a link to the Society website for a minimum of six months after receipt of the grant
  • If SfE BES abstracts have been funded by the grant this should be publicised
  • Resubmissions are not accepted
  • Only one application permitted per grant cycle
  • Funds awarded are final and do not include overheads
  • Funds must have been used by 12 months after the date awarded
  • Funds are awarded on the understanding that they are used for the purpose stated in the application form.  If support is obtained elsewhere or any part of the grant is unused, the balance will be refunded to the Society for Endocrinology.
  • Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively
  • The decision of the Grants Panel is final and not subject to appeal
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • In the event of your application being unsuccessful, we are unable to provide feedback
  • Student Members are not eligible to apply for these grants