What We Support

The Scientific Instrument Society awards small grants, of up to £500 each, for research on the history of scientific instruments. This page outlines the criteria for the scheme. You can then read about previously supported projects before proceeding to the online application form.

What grants cover:

SIS Research Grants are intended to support new research into the history of scientific instruments. They are not intended to fund activities to which an applicant is already committed.

Grants may be used to cover any reasonable costs of research, including travel and photography.

Grants cannot be used to purchase equipment, and are not intended to support conference travel, unless there is a specific research dimension.


Grants are open to applicants from any country, and both members and non-members of the Scientific Instrument Society may apply.

Application process:

Please complete an application, as set out on the Grant Application page. Applications should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Two rounds of applications will be considered each year. The deadlines for receipt of applications are 1 March and 1 September.

Applications will be reviewed by the Society's Committee shortly after each deadline. Applicants will normally be informed of the Committee’s decision within three weeks of the deadline. Due to the high number of applications we receive it will not normally be possible for us to fund all deserving projects. The amount of money offered may be less than the original amount sought. The Committee’s decision is final.

Terms and conditions:

The grant awarded will paid against actual expenditure. Any and all claims on the grant should be accompanied by original tickets or receipts.

The grant is returnable if the project is abandoned, if the grant is misapplied, or if the agreed outcomes are not met within a period determined by the Society.

On completion of the project, grant-holders will be expected to report on the results of their research to the Society, either at a meeting or through publication in the Society’s Bulletin.

If a funded project is expected to take place over a substantial period, grant-holders will be required to provide an update every six months.

For further information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here to see previous successful grant-aided projects

Last Updated on Monday 1 March 2010, 9:23pm

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