Next deadline

10am, Friday 30 June 2017

We regret that we cannot consider late applications or forms that have been incorrectly completed under any circumstances.

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In order to continue training young scientists, the NHLI Foundation has generously donated funds to support travel awards for NHLI early career researchers for the purpose of presenting at conferences or attending scientific workshops in the fields of cardiovascular and respiratory research. This fund has now been supplemented by the Michael Alberman Travel Award endowment allowing a higher number of awards to be made.

Applicants can apply for funding to cover extraordinary costs relating to caring responsibilities when presenting at such meetings e.g. costs related to caring for dependents, such as parents or funds required to cover additional childcare costs whilst attending a meeting.  Applicants may also apply for funding for extra-ordinary costs in addition to travel funding which they have already secured from other sources. This scheme is for individuals who do not have any other sources of travel funds, and where these are available they should be utilized before applying to the NHLI Travel Awards scheme.

After attending a conference those in receipt of an NHLI Foundation travel award are expected to provide a report detailing the conference proceedings and how the event relates to their own research.  This document will be used to communicate to their colleagues within NHLI as well as to the Foundation.  This report should be written within one week of returning from the conference attended and submitted by email to Alun Owen.


To be eligible for this scheme you must be a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Research Fellow (Level B or C), a Lecturer or Senior Clinical Lecturer in the first 2 years since appointment or a final year PhD student. In all cases you must hold an appointment which extends at least 2 months beyond the date of conference or workshop you are applying to attend and be an employee of Imperial College. The scheme is not open to those holding honorary appointments.

We regret that we cannot consider requests for conferences which take place before 15th August 2017 or which have already been paid for from other sources.

Costs can include:

  • Airfare, rail or other travel as appropriate (including local travel)
  • Subsistence
  • Registration fees
  • Extra-ordinary costs relating to caring responsibilities

Costs cannot include: 

  • Research expenses
  • Equipment
  • Departmental costs
  • Bench fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Contributions towards salaries
  • Training courses**
  • Expenses due to cancellations – not liable for costs if activity is cancelled.
  • Shipping costs
  • Visa charges
  • Work permits
  • Immunisations

Travel Awards will be made in the order of:

  • £250 for travel within UK
  • £500 for travel within Europe
  • £2,000 for travel outside of Europe

Travel awards will be paid via an expense claim with appropriate receipts up to the amount of the award.

** Applications for specialised training courses within the UK will be considered.

Extra-ordinary cost awards

The limit for these awards is flexible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

The NHLI Foundation Travel Awards are held twice a year, in winter and summer.  Annual closing dates for the competition are typically at the end of January and July.

current Application deadline: 10am friday 30th june 2017