The British Society for the Philosophy of Science gives small conference grants to support conferences relevant to research and education in the philosophy of science.
The society can award up to £750 in a conference grant, to go towards travel, lodging, and subsistence costs for philosophy of science speakers. We will not normally fund events that are components of projects funded by major research grants, unless the organiser makes a case (as part of their application) that the grant could not reasonably have been expected to fund the event in full. The Society favours open conferences. Normally, only those conferences taking place in the British Isles are eligible for funding. Sponsored conferences must follow the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. In publicity for conferences that are financially supported and in any publications arising from them, it is expected that the contribution of the Society will be acknowledged appropriately. The Society prefers that contributions towards travel and accommodation costs for participants who are junior, or in insecure employment, be prioritized over those who are senior/securely employed.
Letters of application should be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Society (firstname.lastname@example.org), and must set out the objectives of the conference and a detailed estimate of the costs.
Payments will be made by online banking to the host institution, following receipt of the post-event report (see Awardee Requirements below). The BSPS no longer makes payments by cheque.
Conference organisers seeking a conference grant for meetings are asked to submit a funding application to the Committee that addresses the following points. Make sure you are a paying member of the BSPS before applying. Applications should then be sent to the Society’s Honorary Secretary (email@example.com).
In correspondence concerning a conference grant, please put the title of the conference in the subject line. Do not simply use ‘BSPS conference grant’ as the subject line.
Note that all conference grant applications must include: (0) Contact details of an appropriate person in the relevant department who supported the application, and who could act as a point of contact should problems with the application arise; (1) Amount requested; (2) Topic of the meeting; (3) Whether it is exclusively a philosophy of science meeting; (4) Type of meeting and the planned dates (inclusive); (5) Expected number of participants; (6) Number of speakers, with names, affiliations and talk topics where available; (7) Estimated total budget (please itemise) with estimated subsistence costs per day per person; (8) Whether there will be a registration fee and if so how much; (9) Whether the meeting will be open to all or invitation only (if the latter, please explain); (10) Which other bodies are to be approached for support, and for how much; (11) If the meeting is not based in the British Isles, please make clear how this project will help enhance philosophy of science in the British Isles; (12) confirmation that the BPA/SWIP Good Practice guidelines and the BPA Environment/Travel guidelines will be followed, with information on what measures, if any, will be taken for compliance in each case. (See below for more details.)
Conference Preprint Pages
To meet the conference grant “output” requirement, organisers are encouraged to invite their participants post preprints of their papers in a special Conference page on PhilSci-Archive for their conference or workshop, so that audience members can view the papers before and after the conference. This service is available to organisers for free upon request.
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